Something I found on one of my friend’s ‘notes’. I dont know what to think about it.
Hello, my name is David Thomas. I am a Catholic from St. Louis and support the Democratic Party. Now that I have established my background, I hope you can listen to what I have to say. We all have seen the groups for Boycotting the Gold Compass. Well I say that’s ignorant and closed minded. In the media it’s been called the Anti-Narnia, it is. The author Philip Pullman actually stated that the books are about “killing god.” Christian groups are going absolutely nuts about the movie. All I can say is, why?
Philip Pullman did exactly what C.S. Lewis did. He wrote a book based on his views of religion and that book was a great fantasy action novel. It was then turned into a movie. The only differences between C.S. Lewis and Pullman is that A) Pullman is alive and able to comment on his stories B) He is an Atheist.
Christianity is one religion, in my opinion the right religion. I belive that Christ died for me and everyone else that chooses to believe in him. BUT EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN OPINION. If a group of people decide to turn their opinion into a motion picture, far be it from us to stop them. They have just as much a right as us to tell the world what they believe and why.
I see no reason why we should persecute them for our shortcomings. Because that is what this is about. It’s not the movie, it’s the message. People are afraid that someone will “fall victim” to the belief and opinion that there is no gods or God. Well we are responisble for the outreach and mission that we have been told, no, demanded to do by Christ. If we can let one movie prevent us from preaching to someone or saving them. If we can’t do that, then we fail. And that is what we fear, losing souls and failing to do as Christ demanded.
Just because we are frightened to fail in our duty as Christians shouldn’t prevent us from seeing any angle we can. We owe it to ourselves to make sure that we examine every angle and thorougly examine all beliefs so that we can better adjust our thinking and opinions in respect so we can better get closer to the truth in our opinions. Also we should not prevent others from doing the same thing.
I cannot see one valid reason why a boycott is necissary. I think it hurts our cause more than it helps as it sends a dark shadow across all Christian groups when any sect stands outside of a movie or book signing to boycott an author or director. It sends out the image of an archaic demanding and insane religious group that aren’t an inviting group to even consider joining.
So before you or someone you know goes out and publicly boycotts or even privately discusses their disgust for the movie, please let them read this and try to understand what I’m trying to say. I may not be a brilliant storyteller or writer that can project his thoughts well, but I pray that you can understand what I am saying and take it to heart. Thank you for your time and thank you for reading this small speech I felt needed to be said.