Thursday, November 8, 2007

the wicked witch of the north - beware, my lovelies!

Cause Way Thursday
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You may already know about this children's movie coming out in December starring Nicole Kidman. It's called The Golden Compass, and while it will be a watered down version, it is based on a series of children's books about killing God (It is the anti-Narnia). From what I understand, their hope is to get a lot of kids to see the movie (which won't seem too bad) and then get the parents to buy the anti-religious books for their kids for Christmas unknowing that this is what the books are truly about.

The quotes from the author sum it all up. Christians need to fight back by not letting their children see this movie, or read the books... and pass this important information on to anyone you care about...

Please follow this link and then pass it on.
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Adrienne said...

The Golden Compass sounds too scary for children and most adults are too dim to pick up on deeper themes.

I do think we provide way more attention than it deserves. It will be here and gone before we know it. Buh Bye.

I can't name many movies that I would allow any child to see -- they all stink!

Melody K said...

I agree with Adrienne that we are giving The Golden Compass way more attention than it deserves. We are also giving it tons of free publicity.

uncle jim said...

Most bad / anti-Christian themed movies get a lot of attention from various groups. The red flag for me is the Catholic League condemnation - I don't view them as knee-jerk reactionaries.

Having said that, parents need to at least be aware so they can pay attn to what / when / if their kids start talking about this movie ... and maybe seeing it themselves to be pre-armed.

Additionally, over the years when these kinds of things about movies or books come up, I've talked with more than a few Catholic and evangelical pastors and youth leaders [I worked in Middle-school and High-school youth ministry over 20 years,and adult faith formation for around 15] and there are views about 'we're just providing a lot of extra attention to the movie / book that it doesn't merit' all over the spectrum of intelligent [and some un-] thought.

I've landed on the 'better to forewarn than to ignore' - the cost of one pre-teen or teen is too high. Some adult parents may be 'dim', but I don't believe most. Some are lazy, yes - and they'll not see the parade passing outside their home, but not most.

Surely there are children, who without adult input, will gravitate to any bad movie / book. Some will go just because they've heard it is anti Christian, and at that stage in their life, they think they are, too [for many reasons, and even from Christian homes.]

So, get the word out to cover the dim-witted among us and give a little guidance our kids won't get a lot of elsewhere.

Buddhist, RN said...

I'd just tell my kids it's a movie and for entertainment value. You CAN buy into the deeper meanings but you don't have to. At least, that's how I was raised. I watched lots of movies about witchcraft because although I think the subject itself is fascinating, I dont really "believe" in it and it never had any direct negative affect on my spiritual life.

Plus, I'd be careful believing in something simply because an organization says so (it smells suspiciously like books such as 1984 and Brave New World). But then again, I make my own morality decisions without regard to what the church thinks, so I'm not really that good an example of a traditional Catholic.

I read some of the articles about the movie. Some say the movie WILL turn kids away from God. That's a pretty strong statement to make. Are kids that stupid? And, that smart? To not only be smart enough to figure out the Catholic inference and then to be dumb enough to take it as fact and turn away from the church?

And this league boycotted the DaVinci Code, one of the best movies I saw last year. Dad gets on his high horse every time he hears someone boycotting that, AND Brokeback Mountain, cause really, they're just movies. I saw Brokeback Mountain, it wasn't even that great, but I saw it with an open mind very deliberately.

uncle jim said...

As an adult, you are very able to make your own judgments. I too am suspicious of every boycott - that is not to say I wouldn't ever support some, but I would check them out. If a pre-teen or early teen is making all their own decisions, I'd say the parents are abdicating their role.

In this case, I believe the parents should be forewarned so THEY can make the appropriate decisions for their younger child[ren]. If they want to see it and be able to discuss it with their child[ren], or let them go it on their own or keep them from it - their call ... they are the parent ... they are responsible.

There are some groups who object to everything ... way over the top [see, that is a judgment on my part - others would not agree with me].

There are some groups which are very conservative, and some that are very liberal in their views. So, as adults we need to be cautious. My view of the Catholic League has been that over time, they seem to be reasonable and not over reactionary - that is not to say I would agree with everything the say and do - I'm an adult ... I can make that decision. For my pre-teens and early teens, I certainly would be there helping them make decisions regularly.