Movie has subtle atheist theme
The movie "The Golden Compass" is based on a book entitled "Northern Lights," which is the first of a trilogy, "His Dark Materials." The author is Philip Pullman, a militant atheist, who has said that he wants "to kill God in the minds of children" and that he is trying "to undermine the basis of Christian belief." The series is supposed to be in answer to C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia." It has been said that Pullman is "the writer the atheists would be praying for -- if atheists prayed."
Reviewers say that "The Golden Compass" movie will be less offensive than the books and that many will regard it as just another fantasy series. It is expected, however, that the hype which will come from the movie will promote the books and that young people who are fascinated by the movie will be asking for the series.
As the adventures develop through the three books, God is depicted as an evil and oppressive being who must be defeated and by the end of the series characters who represent Adam and Eve are able to kill God. Many Christian leaders, as well as secular observers, are cautioning parents regarding the subtle -- and not so subtle -- godlessness in these dark fantasies.
State championship was game to remember
What a great game Clover Blue Eagles played Nov. 30 in Columbia! The first half had some fans with knots in their stomachs and nails being bitten, but the fans from Clover knew our boys "are a comeback team." They did not give up. What a wonderful memory to pass on to our children and grandchildren about the football team of 2007! They gave us the state championship in our division.
Some memories will not be so great about the game. There were some fans who watched the game on the stadium monitor or were told by someone around them what was happening. These were usually older folks who could not stand for very long or families with small children. Their memories will be of teenagers standing on the seats instead of on the concrete, or heaven forbid, actually sitting down.
Memories are also made with respect and love. How many times have you seen a Clover Blue Eagle player helping another player up from the pile, even though the player was not from Clover? A lot of times! Our boys know respect not only for their teammates and coaches but for the other team as well.
People paid $8 a ticket and drove to Columbia, an hour and a half drive at the least. The fans went to Columbia because they wanted to build memories of the Clover team, win or lose, in the first state championship game since 1945. A long time to build such a great memory. Do you think the players wanted only high school students there to watch? I think not! Clover Blue Eagles appreciate their fans, and the fans love to watch. That is why Clover has a reputation for following the team.
Thank you to the teenagers who got off the seats to stand on the concrete or sat down and watched. I applaud them for caring about their fellow fans and showing respect.