As you guys know, I’m an Anne Rice fan. Because of that, I liked her page on Facebook. Anyway, back in January, she posed the question of should the Bible be taught in school, in the context of the Bible being a literary and cultural influence in the States, without it offending religious and nonreligious people. Keep in mind that I consider myself to be an atheist. Anyway, while I agree that people should read the Bible because it is a literary and cultural influence, I don’t think that it should be taught in the public schools for several reasons. One reason is that the teachers have enough to teach kids already. There’s math, English, science, history, art, physical education, etc. That’s a full plate already. Why add on to it when it’s not directly relevant? Another reason is the fact that the Bible was the only religious text that was mentioned. In all fairness, even if the Bible was taught, other religious texts should be included as well, such as the Koran or Buddhist religious texts. Granted, the other religious texts won’t get as much attention as the Bible because those religious art aren’t quite as well known in the States. Anyway, another reason is whether or not the parent want their kids to be taught the Bible. If they do, why not send the kid to a parochial school or Sunday school? Another reason is whether or not the kids wants to learn about the Bible. If he or she wants to, he or she should take the class as an elective class or do it on his or her own time. My last reason is whether or not the kid has the ability to put the Bible into the context of it being a literary and cultural influence. I mean, a 5 or 6 year old won’t be able to do that whereas a teenager would be able to do that.
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As a result of seeing the Twilight Saga being on a most challenged list, it led me to the ALA list for 2000-2009. As expected, the Harry Potter series was way higher on the list than Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Although, I think that His Dark Materials should have been higher on the list for reasons that I mentioned in this post. Anyway, the book that surprised me the most was Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Patterson. Now, keep in mind that it’s been a while since I have read the book but I saw the 2007 movie adaptation. Anyway, based on what I remember of the movie, I can’t really see the justification for the book being challenged. Now, on the list, the reason that was given as to why it was challenged was that a death was crucial to the storyline. Personally, I think that’s a load of B.S. I say that because there are other stories out there that are worse in terms of deaths being a crucial plot element.
One day, I happened to stumble upon this article and I found it to be somewhat interesting. In the article, it talked about how The Golden Compass should have been boycotted, and how Chris Weitz copied the Chronicles of Narnia movies, in terms of design, etc. Anyway, that’s not what I found interesting. What I found interesting was the quote from Philip Pullman that said that his books are about killing God, and that there’s less controversy surrounding it as compared to the Harry Potter series. You know, I don’t get these Christian people/groups who are against having the Harry Potter series in school libraries because the Harry Potter series are about wizards/witches and magic, and yet they allow His Northern Materials, a series about killing God. The way that I look at it, and having read His Northern lights, the Harry Potter series is a small fish compared to His Northern Materials in the metaphorical frying pan. Because I think that a series about killing God is way more anti-Christian than a series that has very little, if any, religious connotations, whether it’s Christian, Wiccan, etc.
I just finished reading The Amber Spyglass, the third book in His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. Now that I’ve finished the trilogy, it made me think about movie version of The Golden Compass. Anyway, I’m kinda torn about how the movie was criticized as being atheistic. Well, in terms of the movie being faithful to the book, I wish that the ending of the book was included in the movie. I also wish that the fight between Iorek and Iofur was put back where it was supposed to be and that the whole spiel with the witches council was also put back in. Now, as for the movie being “atheistic”, I really don’t get why it could be construed as being atheistic. Because it’s not like the Magesterium is a religion. I consider it to be more like communist or dictatorial regime. And that it’s not just the Catholic Church that can be considered to be dogmatic and that tried to “eliminate” heretics. There are other religions that are dogmatic and whatnot. Anyway, that’s just my opinion.