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Update November 15, 2007
First book by anti-Christian author set for movie release in December 2007
By Eric Barger
I have been warning audiences about Pullman and his trilogy of books (called “His Dark Materials” including The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) for several years. Since the 1995 release of the first book, Pullman has sold over 15 million copies of the trilogy worldwide. He has been called “the next J.K. Rowling” (Harry Potter) and is known primarily as a children’s author. He has received numerous awards such as the Carnegie Medal for Children’s Literature twice (1995 and 2007) and was the first children’s author to be awarded the Whitbread Prize (2001). Philip Pullman also uses literature to further his outspoken objective – to undermine the Christian faith and make a mockery of the God of the Bible. Now, his first book is coming to the big screen.
Originally titled Northern Lights (UK title), the movie version of The Golden Compass produced by New Line Cinema, stars actress Nicole Kidman and is due for worldwide release in theaters on December 7th.
To say that Philip Pullman is avidly “anti-Christian” really doesn’t really speak to the extent of how rabidly ANTI-CHRISTIAN he is. Pullman isn’t out to merely deny there is a God. He wants to desecrate the very idea of a supreme being. He told The Sydney Morning Herald in 2003, “My books are about killing God.” British columnist, Peter Hitchens called Pullman “The most dangerous author in Britain,” describing him as the author “the atheists would have been praying for, if atheists prayed!” A quote or two from the darkest of Pullman’s three books vividly illustrates Hitchen’s contentions.
“…[the angel] said quietly, 'The Authority, God the Creator, the Lord, Yahweh, El, Adoni, the King, the Father, the Almighty – those were the names he gave himself. He was never the creator. He was an angel like ourselves – the first angel, true, the most powerful, but he was formed of Dust as we are … The first angels condensed out of Dust, and the Authority was the first of all. He told all who came after him that he had created them, but it was a lie.’” (The Amber Spyglass pp. 33-34)
“... he was so old, and he was terrified, crying like a baby and cowering … Demented and powerless, the aged being could only weep and mumble in fear and pain and misery … The old one was uttering a wordless groaning whimper that went on and on, and grinding his teeth, and compulsively plucking at himself with his free hand … the ancient of days … having no will of his own … responding to simple kindness like a flower to the sun.” (The Amber Spyglass pp. 431-432)
Though The Golden Compass is the least offensive of Pullman’s three books and reports indicate that the movie’s producers have eliminated some of the more vile elements that could have been in this first film, I strongly encourage you and your family to avoid it. Besides Pullman’s deplorable anti-God views and violent and surreal themes, The Golden Compass incorporates what has been called a worst-case global warming scenario as well. Rather than give your time, money, mind and emotions to Pullman’s philosophy for two hours, I suggest you use this occasion to warn others about his books and movie.
Ray Comfort Speaks Out About Christians and Movies
Ray Comfort, president of Living Waters Ministries and co-host of the weekly show Way of the Master, has released a DVD titled "Hollywood and God." The DVD features man-on-the-street interviews in Los Angeles, with people who claim to be Christians. During the interviews, they are asked if they patronize R-rated movies, and if they would attend a movie that used their mother's name as a cuss word.
Comfort says it is disturbing that many people who profess faith in Christ do not give any thought to what types of movies they support. It is time, he says, for Christians to stop supporting Hollywood movies that blaspheme the name of the Lord.
"A lot of people within our churches are false converts; they've never found a place of true repentance. They've quote -- 'given their heart to Jesus,' but they've never repented of their sins -- and I'm very concerned for that great mass of people who sit amongst God's people."
The evangelist says he is concerned those "false converts" will be among those who will stand before the Lord on Judgment Day and call on the Lord's name, only to be turned away. And regarding their choice of movie entertainment? "Seriously, I don't know how anyone can sit through a sex scene in a modern movie," says Comfort. "If you peek through someone's window at a couple that are making love, it's against the law -- you'd be thrown in jail as a pervert. And yet we peep through a screen of window called a movie screen, and then it becomes alright. It's not alright!"
Comfort says Christians could send a strong message to Hollywood if, as a group, they stood firm and decided not to patronize films that take the Lord's name in vain.
Global Warming a "SCAM" According to Weather Channel founder John Coleman
"It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; It is a SCAM.
Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data back in the late 1990's to create an allusion of rapid global warming. Other scientists of the same environmental wacko type jumped into the circle to support and broaden the "research" to further enhance the totally slanted, bogus global warming claims. Their friends in government steered huge research grants their way to keep the movement going. Soon they claimed to be a consensus.
Environmental extremist, notable politicians among them then teamed up with movie, media and other liberal, environmentalist journalists to create this wild "scientific" scenario of the civilization threatening environmental consequences from Global Warming unless we adhere to their radical agenda.
Now their ridicules manipulated science has been accepted as fact and become a cornerstone issue for CNN, CBS, NBC, the Democratic Political Party, the Governor of California, school teachers and, in many cases, well informed but very gullible environmental conscientious citizens. Only one reporter at ABC has been allowed to counter the Global Warming frenzy with one 15 minutes documentary segment.
I do not oppose environmentalism. I do not oppose the political positions of either party.
However, Global Warming, i.e. Climate Change, is not about environmentalism or politics. It is not a religion. It is not something you "believe in." It is science; the science of meteorology. This is my field of life-long expertise. And I am telling you Global Warming is a nonevent, a manufactured crisis and a total scam. I say this knowing you probably won't believe me, a mere TV weatherman, challenging a Nobel Prize, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning former Vice President of United States. So be it.
I suspect you might like to say to me, "John, look the research that supports the case for global warming was done by research scientists; people with PH D's in Meteorology. They are employed by major universities and important research institutions. Their work has been reviewed by other scientists with PH D's. They have to know a lot more about it than you do. Come on, John, get with it. The experts say our pollution has created an strong and increasing greenhouse effect and a rapid, out of control global warming is underway that will sky rocket temperatures, destroy agriculture, melt the ice caps, flood the coastlines and end life as we know it. How can you dissent from this crisis? You must be a bit nutty.
Allow me, please, to explain how I think this all came about. Our universities have become somewhat isolated from the rest of us. There is a culture and attitudes and values and pressures on campus that are very different. I know this group well. My father and my older brother were both PHD-University types. I was raised in the university culture. Any person who spends a decade at a university obtaining a PHD in Meteorology and become a research scientist, more likely than not, becomes a part of that single minded culture. They all look askance at the rest of us, certain of their superiority. They respect government and disrespect business, particularly big business. They are environmentalists above all else.
And, there is something else. These scientists know that if they do research and results are in no way alarming, their research will gather dust on the shelf and their research careers will languish. But if they do research that sounds alarms, they will become well known and respected and receive scholarly awards and, very importantly, more research dollars will come flooding their way.
So when these researchers did climate change studies in the late 90's they were eager to produce findings that would be important and be widely noticed and trigger more research funding. It was easy for them to manipulate the data to come up with the results they wanted to make headlines and at the same time drive their environmental agendas. Then their like minded PHD colleagues reviewed their work and hastened to endorse it without question.
There were a few who didn't fit the mold. They did ask questions and raised objections. They did research with contradictory results. The environmental elitists berated them brushed their studies aside.
I have learned since the Ice Age is coming scare in the 1970's to always be a skeptic about research. In the case of global warming, I didn't accept media accounts. Instead I read dozens of the scientific papers. I have talked with numerous scientists. I have studied. I have thought about it. I know I am correct when I assure you there is no run away climate change. The impact of humans on climate is not catastrophic. Our planet is not in peril. It is all a scam, the result of bad science.
I am not alone in this assessment. There are hundreds of other meteorologists, many of them PH D's, who are as certain as I am that this global warming frenzy is based on bad science and is not valid.
I am incensed by the incredible media glamour, the politically correct silliness and rude dismal of counter arguments by the high priest of Global Warming.
In time, a decade or two, the outrageous scam will be obvious. As the temperature rises, polar ice cap melting, coastal flooding and super storm pattern all fail to occur as predicted everyone will come to realize we have been duped.
The sky is not falling. And, natural cycles and drifts in climate are as much if not more responsible for any climate changes underway.
I strongly believe that the next twenty years are equally as likely to see a cooling trend as they are to see a warming trend."
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