09 December 2005

Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, Narnia ...



What is wrong with these people other than anti-Christianism? And I ask this as a dyed-in-the-wool atheist....

Philip Pullman, an acclaimed children's author, has described the "Chronicles" as "sadomasochistic" and "one of the most ugly and poisonous things I've ever read."

...And...
In October, after Florida Gov. Jeb Bush chose "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" for a state-sponsored reading list, Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State said the selection was tantamount to state promotion of religion and thus "constitutionally problematic"

See also http://www.redstate.org/story/2005/12/7/93338/2782

Polly Toynbee of the UK's Guardian:
Of all the elements of Christianity, the most repugnant is the notion of the Christ who took our sins upon himself and sacrificed his body in agony to save our souls.

I mean, really. First of all, the Narnia books were published in 1950 and have been on library shelves, bookstores, schools for over half a century. And now they are a problem? It just goes to prove that leftists aren't as well read as they claim to be, or else they wouldn't have had to wait for the movie to come out to bash Narnia.

Like I said, I'm an atheist. But I am comfortable with my atheism, and unlike with many other foks (see Toynbee and Pullman, above) my atheism is not a childish reaction to having religion stuffed down my throat as a kid. Honestly, Toynbee and her like sound like nothing more than rebellious teenagers: whatever mummy and daddy believed in is bad, bad, bad, no matter its substance.

It's ridiculous to find Christology "repugnant". If you don't believe in Christ, well, then turn the channel. Don't screech about it, just get on with your life and find something you do believe in (if anything). And I really have nothing good to say about these "Americans United for Separation of Church and State". Seeing Crosses and hearing "Merry Christmas" and handling money with "In God We Trust" printed on it does no one any harm. It may cause offense, but offense is not harm. Christianity has its good points and its bad points, like everything else in this world. A great deal of history's (and modern times) greatest thinkers have not only been Christian, but have done their work within a very Christian framework and mindset. Christian moral philosophy is a serious moral framework that deserves to be judged on its own merits. Etc. My point is, a lot of the prominent leftist / atheist noise in the media today is not about diversity or separation of church and state or freedom of/from religion. It is quite transparently anti-Christian, and I as a moral, knowledgeable atheist find THAT repugnant.