I have to say that I am always disturbed when I read about boycotts on books and the movies made that are based on books. As a teacher, I think that banning books is patently wrong. As a Catholic, I have always been proud of my upbringing and my faith, specifically that the main message I received growing up is that it is not my place to judge others. My parents and grandparents were Catholic and also teachers. They taught me that if my faith is strong and if they (my family) and my priests have done their job, then nothing that anyone writes or says about Catholics or our beliefs should in any way change what I believe. I have read these books, and while I admit it has been several years, I was not overwhelmed by an anti-catholic message. My mom and I read these books together. We certainly discussed the anti-organized religion themes, and that is one great thing about books like this. Parents should ALWAYS read the books their children are reading, and what better way to strengthen a child’s faith then to talk about a book or a movie and how it reflects or attacks their personal faith. The strongest memories I have of Philip Pullman’s series, and he is an exceptional writer, is how he showed the beauty and sanctity of a child’s pure soul and the presence of God in every part of the universe. Perhaps it isn’t what he intended, but it’s certainly what I saw in the story. I think that instead of banning and boycotting we should embrace the opportunity for discussion and enlightenment while always keeping in mind that we are talking about a work of FICTION, and in this way teach our children to think for themselves.