Christians and “The Golden Compass”

Right on cue:

This winter’s presumed megahit fantasy film The Golden Compass is an adaptation of the first book of Philip Pullman’s wildly popular His Dark Materials series, which has always sort of surprised us in its wide appeal. Like, we’ve wondered why people are always raising baloney complaints about witchcraft in Harry Potter when right under their noses is an intense children’s book series loosely based on Paradise Lost about a couple of kids — spoiler alert! — trying to, you know, kill God.

Now that the first book has been filmed, people are finally starting to notice. But is the new movie anti-Christian, or is it not anti-Christian enough? The Catholic League says it’s anti-Christian; they’ve announced a two-month campaign of protest against the film and Pullman’s work, calling it “atheism for kids.” “We are fighting a deceitful stealth campaign on the part of the film’s producers,” League president Bill Donohue said in a release, pointing out that the film will surely turn children toward the books.

Christian Halloween Games and the War on Halloween

Jesus General has a great collection of links on the christians’ war on Halloween. I especially like the Fun Family Prayer Adventures which is an alternative to trick or treating:

Use M & M’s candy to help focus your family’s prayers of intercession for others.

Pass around a bag or bowl of M & M’s the next time your family is gathered for prayer. Let each person take a handful, but don’t let anyone eat the candies yet. Explain that the color of the candies will indicate the direction of the families’ prayers. Lead your family in prayer using this guide and stopping for prayer after explaining each color.

Say:

* For every green M & M you chose, pray for your spouse (present or future) or some other significant person in your life. This is a great way to get kids thinking about what qualities they want to find in a future mate. Encourage them to pray for this person’s safety, spiritual and physical growth, and so on).
* For every red M & M you chose, pray for a member of your family by name (a parent, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandchild, niece, nephew, cousin, aunt, uncle, and so on).
* For every orange M & M you chose, pray for a teacher in your life (a co-worker, a professor, a pastor, a Bible study leader, a child’s school teacher, a mentor, or another teacher).
* For every yellow M & M you chose, pray for one of your neighbors (a neighbor near your home, an office-mate, a person whose desk is near yours at school, or a neighbor close to your church).
* For every dark brown M & M you chose, pray for a leader in your life (a politician, a local businessperson, a celebrity, a member of your church’s staff, the President, or another leader).
* For every light brown M & M you chose, pray for Christians in other countries.

This might be best used as an after dinner prayer time. Repeat this process as often as you family’s calorie intake allows!

And afterwards we can have Nachos, Flanders-style? (that’s cucumbers with cottage cheese)