Letter to the Editor

Film is dangerous

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Dear Editor,

I am hoping that our (local theaters) will NOT show the movie "The Golden Compass."

It is to be released Dec. 7 and is based on the least offensive of the three books that the author, Philip Pullman, has written.

He said in a 2003 interview that "My books are about killing God." He has been touted as "The Most Dangerous Author in Britain"  and is described as the writer "the atheists would have been praying for, if atheists prayed."

He is an avowed atheist.  I sincerely hope that parents/caregivers will not allow their children to patronize this film.  Further information can be found at: http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/compass. asp

Jean Parry

via e-mail

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  • Yes, Jean Parry - film is dangerous. And you live in mortal danger from evil atheists, like me, at all times. Why look at the list of movie stars and film makers whose works you must boycott in order to keep the atheists at bay:

    * Woody Allen

    * Darren Aronofsky

    * Ingmar Bergman

    * John Carpenter

    * David Cronenberg

    * Rodney Dangerfield

    * Jodie Foster

    * Katharine Hepburn

    * Angelina Jolie

    * Diane Keaton

    * John Malkovich

    * Sir Ian McKellen

    * Julianne Moore

    * Mike Nichols

    * Jack Nicholson

    * Keanu Reeves

    * Paul Verhoeven

    And it does not stop there. Why there are authors out there who write books that are later turned into films - like Philip Pullman, and Douglas Adams ("Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"), and Isaac Asimov (who wrote more than 100 books, the most recent to be turned into a movie being "I, Robot"), and Harlan Ellison, Margaret Atwood, Robert A. Heinlein, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Miller, Kurt Vonnegut... I give up, the list is too long.

    Nor is television safe for you, since you could accidentally be exposed to "Star Trek" - created by Gene Roddenberry who was an atheist - or "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" - created by Joss Wheadon who is also an atheist.

    Even the Sunday funnies are not a safe place for Jean Parry since the work of the atheist Berkeley Breathed lurks there. The trauma one can experience from unexpectedly reading "Bloom County" cannot be underestimated.

    Then again, no atheist has ever done anything to Jean Parry to my knowledge, beyond simply disagreeing about the existence of certain mythological beings. Given the history of Christianity burning people at the stake for doing so in the past, and the recent murder of Dutch film maker Theo Van Gough for having created a film critical of Islam, it seems pretty clear that atheists have more to fear from the Jean Parrys of the world than Jean Parry does from them. Were there any atheist protests in the McCook Daily Gazette over the Christian themes in the movie "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" when it came out? Did you print any letters demanding it not be shown in the local theater in order to protect their fragile minds?

    Yes, it definitely seems as though we atheists have far more to fear from the Jean Parrys of the world than the other way around!

    -- Posted by nedfarrar on Wed, Nov 28, 2007, at 1:10 PM
  • It is so frustrating to constantly hear the term "atheist" used in a vile, durogatory sense. The word simply means "without theism" or the absence of a belief in religion or mysticism. Please remember that 1. All religion is manmade, and 2. Atheism is the basis of all experience unless and until a theistic one is fabricated by man. Movies like "The Golden Compass" have a constructive and educational place in our society as a response by reasonable men to the horrors that have been fomented upon mankind by one religion or another since man's early, superstitious beginnings. If this is a tough pill to swallow for religious folks, feel free to defend your beliefs, but attacking atheists as if we were some kind of diseased minority is really a comment on the failure of religion to supply a satisfying and comfortable mindset to its own believers.

    -- Posted by LC on Wed, Nov 28, 2007, at 3:45 PM
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