20 December 2007

More religious booga-booga...

Which, surprisingly... has absolutely nothing to do with cartoons or soccer balls...

"Coca-Cola uses all these Orthodox symbols in a blasphemous way by placing images of Coca-Cola bottles inside the pictures," the complaint said, according to Russia's Ria Novosti news agency.

"Some images are deliberately turned upside down, including the crosses," it said. An inverted cross is considered to be one of the symbols of Satanism.
Good grief, people... could you not just say a prayer... and move on?

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UPDATE: In local news... a decision from on high

Alrighty... let's spark up those bonfires.
After yanking The Golden Compass from its library shelves for review, a Toronto-area Catholic school board has decided to make the removal permanent.

A committee struck to review The Golden Compass had proposed moving the book to the young adult section of school libraries, but the trustees rejected that proposition and approved a ban instead.
For those who missed the original brouhaha... a little background.
Published in 1995, Pullman's The Golden Compass has returned to the public eye because of the new blockbuster film adaptation of the fantasy tale that hit theatres this month.

The book, voted the best children's book in the last 70 years by readers around the world earlier this year, has drawn high praise and condemnation.

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7 comments:

Deepthinker said...

Yes, a book in a CATHOLIC school that trys to teach about Catholic values wants a book that attacks THEIR church in THEIR schools. when one trys to equate teh Magisterium of the Catholic church as an evil organization that kidnaps and experiments on children I think it is justifiable in a CATHOLIC school.

Neo Conservative said...

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"deepthinker says... an evil organization that kidnaps and experiments on children"

yup... no free thought or dissent allowed.

just make sure you get rid of anything that doesn't completely toe the party line.

i remember how well that worked out for the soviet union.

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Manuel said...

You can't deny that the catholic church loves it's probes....oh religion it sets itself up at every turn.

Griezz said...

Actually, I do support the school board's right to remove any objectionable material in their library. True, having left the book alone in their libraries without outcry for years, it only makes them look foolish to ban the book only because a movie based on the novel is coming out. However, there is nothing that says that any and every book MUST be included in every library. The board is not forcing removal of the book from all libraries and bookstores, only from libraries on its properties. It has as much right to select which books may or may not be availiable on its shelves as any other organization.

If kids really want to read the book, they can check out a public library or buy the book for themselves. The Catholic school boards should not be forced to provide materials that they consider objectionable. I would consider the government telling them that they MUST carry certain books to be more offensive than the boards choosing for themselves what they wanted to remove.

The funniest thing about all of these new removals is that the film itself has actually removed many of the anti-religion items in the book, so is not as patently objectionable as some people would claim.

Neo Conservative said...

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"griezz says... The funniest thing about all of these new removals..."

nah... not even close.

the most amusing irony here, by far... is that banning these items confers immediate, alluring forbidden fruit status upon them... virtually guaranteeing they will be far more popular than they were... prior to the ban.

and that's on top of the book-burning image the schoolboard just hung around its own neck.

sheer genius.

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doug newton said...

In case anyone making comments is confused by Neo's perspective on this topic you must read his previous post where he said

"i confess... as a once upon a time catholic... to having a little fun here"

Maybe that will help.

Wonder Woman said...

I support the school's right to remove any material they find objectionable to their faith. I do however, see the blatant hypocrisy in doing so, while simultaneously crying out whenever anyone wants to ban religious content.

You can't have it both ways, guys.

As an atheist, I have no objection to my children being exposed to religion, within a context. I at least, am secure enough in my beliefs to NOT feel threatened by a fictional children's story.

I suspect those who are voicing their objections to the inclusion of this book on library shelves, based on religious grounds, will not have much to say the next time their beliefs get banned in an institution which accepts taxpayer funding.