'Anti-Catholic' movie grossly exaggerated
From the November 18, 2007, edition of the Utica Observer-Dispatch:
The Catholic League recently called for a boycott of "The Golden Compass", a movie based on the first of three children’s fantasy books by Philip Pullman. The author, an open atheist, is accused of trying to “sell atheism to kids” and “bash Catholicism.”
This boycott is grossly exaggerated and severely misinformed.
The Catholic League says that atheism is “fueled by hate,” further spreading the prejudiced connotation. Sweeping statements like this are made throughout this campaign and reveal their intolerance of free thought and demonization of intellectual curiosity.
At the very least, the protesters must concede that the good and bad happen with and without the backing of religion. We should teach our children to embrace stories for the lessons they teach, not for who’s teaching them. I think that the Catholic League’s time would be better spent protesting the moral inadequacies within their own church.
A. C. LaMonica