The movie the Golden Compass has apparently been edited from the book version to remove anti-religious themes. While I can understand a movie producer wanting to explorer different theme then the author and showing a slightly different vision of the work, I have a problem with a modification made to reduce protest against the movie. Particularly when the protest happen anyway: religious groups protest the movie saying that it is a stealth atheist attack on religion… they get people to see the movie and then they will read the book who has an anti-religious theme.
First off, stealth atheists attack on religion? Think about that, a stealth atheist attack on religion… come on atheism isn’t a religion, neither is it an organized movement with the goal to destroy your religious belief. Atheism is people not believing in god and religion, not fanatics wanting to see the end of religion. Sure some atheists promote the end of religion because they see it as a great evil, or at least something that is harmful to human civilization. But mostly atheist author write about how they see the world and they want to share that vision with their reader. Just like religious author will sometimes include their religions sins as evil in their book, or write in such way as to promote their religion as good.
In short, the book and the censorship of the movie are no more of an attack on religion than mentioning the bible as a text someone found inspiring in a movie is an attack on atheism.
Listening to: Loreena McKennitt - Dante's Prayer