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Golden Compass' Film Draws Scrutiny Over Religious Message

A new film based upon Philip Pullman's novel The Golden Compass, the first book in Mr. Pullman's trilogy "His Dark Materials," is due to hit theaters on Dec. 7, but a major controversy is already brewing over the questionable themes contained in this children's film.

"Atheism for kids. That is what Philip Pullman sells," stated William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. Because of its anti-Christian and atheistic themes, the Catholic League has urged a boycott of the film.

At the center of the controversy are the two main themes of the film: the rejection of organized religion and combating the abuses of a fictionalized Catholic Church. And while such themes have been watered down for the silver screen, Mr. Donohue still believes a danger is present.

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