One of my regular readers passed this information on to me today. I'm sure this movie will be marketed as a holiday film for the entire family, but make no mistake about it. This is not "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe."
Here's the e-mail:
"THE GOLDEN COMPASS," a new movie targeted at children, will be released Dec. 7, 2007. This movie is based on a the first book of a trilogy by atheist Philip Pullman. In the final book a boy and girl kill God so they can do as they please. Pullman left little doubt about his intentions when he said in a 2003 interview that "My books are about killing God." The movie is a watered-down version of the first book and is designed to be very attractive in the hope unsuspecting parents will take their children to see the the movie and that the children will want the books for Christmas. The movie has a well known cast, including Nicole Kidman, Kevin Bacon and Sam Elliott. It will probably be advertised extensively, so it is crucial that we get the word out to warn parents to avoid this movie. (I don't know Sam Elliott's political leanings, but Bacon and Kidman are liberal activists, like 99 percent of Hollywood.)
You can research this for yourself. Start with this article on Snopes.com
There's also an interesting take on the controversy surrounding "The Golden Compass" at ChristianityTodayMovies.com