Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Golden Compass: Agenda Unmasked

There is an atheist children's author, and his aim is to make atheists of your children. The first book of Philip Pullman's, His Dark Materials trilogy called The Golden Compass, is about to hit the big screen this December.

The Catholic League's Bill Donohue appearing on The World Over Live with Raymond Arroyo, asked Catholics and Christians to stay away from this movie, and the related books. Don't give Philip Pullman your money on the basis that you want to judge for yourself. The Pulllman trilogy books are clearly anti-Catholic and use words common to the Catholic faith to depict evil. "The Magisterium" is considered the bad force, with evil priests and cardinals.

The Catholic League has put out a booklet which details the problems with the movie and the books in order to better inform Catholics now, before the movie hits the big screens in December, and before parents are tempted to buy the trilogy in books. The movie has been sanitized to some extent of anti-Catholic content, but the books have not. Actress Nicole Kidman, who is Catholic, justified acting in the movie on the basis that the anti-Catholic material was removed or modified (which is only partly true since obvious Catholic symbols and words are used in a sinister context). Nicole Kidman seems not to think too far ahead at how children and parents will get sucked into buying the anti-Catholic books after they see the movie!!!!

What's the big deal? Get the booklet from Catholic League and find out.

Related blogposts:

Fr. Ray Blake: Kidman - Film not anti-Catholic (she's kidding)

American Papist: "Golden Compass" is pointing towards anti-Catholicism

Liberty Minnie: Consumer Alert on "The Golden Compass"

Catholic Family Vignettes: "The Golden Compass" - no sense of direction?

A British writer, Peter Hitchins, says of children's author Philip Pullman, "This is the most dangerous author in Britain". Author Amy Welborn, who wrote De-coding DaVinci, contrasts "His Dark Materials" trilogy work with the skills of Catholic writer J.R.R. Tolkein.

EDIT NOV 7, 2007: There is an excellent write-up in the periodical, This Rock and published at Here is one example (this is based on the book series, not the movie, which children are certainly going to desire reading after seeing the movie, which is somewhat sanitized of the anti-Catholic, pro-atheist agenda).

6. Why should parents be concerned about the film and the books?Because of the film and the wide audience Pullman’s books have, Catholic parents should be aware of how Pullman uses the literary genre of children’s fantasy to undermine the Christian faith and promote atheism. The major problems fall into these general categories:
  • Blasphemy against the Judeo-Christian concept of God

  • Depiction of Catholic Church as evil, and religion in general as obscurant

  • Promotion of the occult

  • Endorsement of relativism as an acceptable system of belief

  • Heretical portrayal of the human person

To read the entire review, see these two links:

PREVIEW - This Rock 12-2007: The Golden Compass (Part 1 of 2)
PREVIEW - This Rock 12-2007: The Golden Compass (Part 2 of 2)


Jimmy Akin: Phillip Pullman is a Liar

Fr. Martin Fox: Golden Compass Author, "My books are about killing God"

Ignatius Scoop: Bishop Lisecki warns parents about Golden Compass

Amy Welborn: Happy?

Dads.Org compiles atheistic and anti-Christian quotes from Pullman

Te Deum Laudamus! Home


Mitch said...

If you'd bothered to read the books, you'd know that they're anti-religion, not anti-Catholic, and that they're actually pro-God at the same time.

And the films will promote atheism to about the same extent that the Chronicles of Narnia promoted Christianity. What's the message here? "It's OK for us to promote our beliefs, but not you?"

Diane K said...


I won't give the Pullman a dime of revenue toward's the books, or the movie to see for myself. I didn't support the DaVinci Code which was also an attack on my faith. I will however, give the Catholic League the money for their booklet.

It is indeed anti-Catholic when words associated with the Catholic Church are used in an evil context, such as the Magisterium. I find it highly offensive that Pullman could not find another expression, and that he had to use other title associated with the Catholic Church, such as "Cardinals".

Atheists had every right to not read the Chronicles of Narnia. I'm sure it is not on the recommended reading list for atheists.

Catholics have a right not to engage in material that is considered offensive.

If the evil entity had involved an "Imam", or had it been called, "the Mecca", or if something called a "Torah" had been considered evil surely there would be a far greater outcry by secular media

However, the Catholic Church is always fair game.

I understand completely where the bias is.

Anonymous said...

When I was researching this I came across the personal blog of Tamora Pierce, the best-selling young adult fantasy author, who made a very critical, mocking post to it a couple days ago concerning these warnings about the book and the film that she called “The Legions of Darkness Are Arming” (the "Legions of Darkness" referred to Christian parents concerned about the movie's and books' effect on their kids).

She called Christian children whose parents don’t want them to see the movie “their little robots” and ridiculed the parents for being “scared they might be wrong” about their religious beliefs. She's entitled to her own opinion, but why does she have to mock those of us who want to screen what our kids read and see from a religious perspective?

I don't have any desire to stop the movie from being released or from discouraging any non-Christians from going if they want, but I am glad that I now know that if I take my kids to this movie and they ask for the books, exactly what they'd be exposed to in reading them and what Pullman's goal was in writing the series -- to undermine Catholic children's faith.

I’ve never read any of Tamora Pierce's books myself, but reading that thread got me to look into them, and I discovered that the teenage characters in her books usually have casual sex at some point. In one of her series the teenage heroine has sex with four different men in the first four books and she's not married. This isn't consistent with my family's values. One of my babysitters reads her books and told me Pierce is like a ‘rock star,” so I decided I should pass this on to other Catholic parents and educators.

What bothers me the most right now though is that Pierce is ridiculing parents for making responsible parental choices for their children in a forum where any kid who’s a fan can read what she’s saying. I think it's very harmful to parents to have an author teens admire mock their parents' attempts to guide them in their choices of material, so this has really upset me a lot and I thought other parents should know.

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