There’s a new movie coming out called The Golden Compass. It looks fascinating but then I hear it’s based on a series of books with anti-religious themes.
Well, the cafeteria Catholic in me thinks, “No way I’m not going to support that.” Mini Red and I briefly discussed this and scoffed at the movie vowing not to see it.
Whenever we see trailers, though, we are enthralled so I decided to look further.
I found an article the other day (I can’t remember where it is now), which tells how the author, Philip Pullman, is atheist but his stories have no such basis. It seems The Catholic League says The Golden Compass is atheism for kids.
I believe there is a higher power and I also believe we live in a free country to allow everyone to believe differently. I don’t believe in pushing my beliefs on others yet we can all share and maybe learn from each other, hence the blogger world.
There are religions out there that are big on pushing their beliefs. They have young members devote years of their life to the religion and go on missions. Helping others is one thing but going door to door and pushing your beliefs on someone is just annoying.
Another thing that annoys me are those who mock what others believe such as Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I know I know this could turn into a mess of a post on religion and such but I’m not arguing about everyone beliefs here. What I am talking about is taking in all of the facts and making your own decision rather than let anyone push their opinion on you not-to-mention respecting others opinions and beliefs.
This evening I was thinking about it again and I got a bit annoyed. The movie isn’t going to make me an atheist. If that’s the case then couldn’t this argument be made towards any other children’s fantasy book out there? Is Harry Potter written with Jesus in mind as he learns to use the gifts that have been bestowed upon him? That’s preposterous!
I decided to google this again and found an excerpt from the Today Show. Along with it was a video of the interview and Pullman said, “I always mistrust people who tell us how we should understand something.” I think that is a great statement.
Maybe this is just my excuse for seeing the movie or maybe I just came to my senses. Either way I’m not letting anyone decide anything for me. I will form my own opinion and if it takes two minutes, two, days or even two years then so be it.
Mini Red and I will be checking out this flick.
On another note: I keep having a hard time spelling atheist. Isn’t the rule “I before E except after C”? So then shouldn’t it be athiest not atheist?