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Saturday, 19 July 2008

Censorship by religion

Another example of how religion seeks to censor the arts comes in this story in the Belfast Telegraph, which tells us that there may not be a sequel to the first of the films based on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.

"Sources in the film industry said that plans for a sequel to The Golden Compass [based on Northern Lights] appeared to have been put on ice following the fervent Christian protests surrounding the first film, which led to boycotts and box office disappointment in the United States," says the story.

Atheist Pullman says he's not aware of any imminent plans to film the sequel, The Subtle Knife, although he feels people would wish to see one, and he certainly would.

But the film sank in the States when Christian bigots organised boycotts, and made only $70 million (£30 million), although it took a disproprtionate $300 million internationally.

You can see a trailer for The Golden Compass in the YouTube video below.

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