it is interesting that in all the criticisms of this movie, the book series it came from and the author`s cosmology point to the methodologies that the god cults themselves use to indoctrinate children into thier ideology.
the many critics try to make the distinction between pullman`s position and that of the church as the difference between fiction and fact.
the traditional church view is that there is a seperate god in heaven and that there are rules to follow and so on, and some of it just makes sense as a way to live in a modern society, but......maybe the big seperate god in heaven thing is just childhood fantasy, and one on equal footing with the ones laid out in pullman`s books.
so why are school boards banning his books right here in canada and elsewhere.?
as we speak?
because this is the on-going battle of the minds of our impressionable children........the adults of the next generation of our society......and if the powers-that-be want things to continue to be corporate and bureaucratic and so on, then we need to believe in a corporate and bureaucratic god seperate from ourselves that sits in judgement and sees
and if small children can kill this being, then what hope does a government full of graft and corruption that offers us gun control legislation, casinos, and privately-run highways have in the face of a new generation of voters who have already stood up to this bullshit....?
but it`s all just a childhood fantasy you say. the golden compass is just a movie.
well, yes it is. and so is the bible. you first read it when you were a little child. you can still see the comic-book versions from sunday school that got the pictures in your mind effectively of all the bearded guys and fishing boats and lambs and sheep........
so we are kept as children through superstition.
and when someone pokes a hole through the comic-book and says "here`s another idea" the people who make the comic books get upset.
otherwise, why the censorship?
censorship of a tale told about children standing up to the tyranny of the misisterium.
after all, it`s what we all want to do anyway.