Today was “Secular Solidarity Day” on UK’s campus, a holiday honoring the 0.1% of the university that actually consists of free thinkers. Coincidentally, I just learned a little bit about the literary basis of the new children’s movie The Golden Compass, which is based on the novel of the same name by Phillip Pullman. Pullman is apparently an avid atheist himself, and his His Dark Materials trilogy has some intruiging parallels (almost certainly intentional) with John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Several Christian groups, including 70,000 mindless Facebookers, are proclaiming the movie as part of an “undeground atheist agenda.” I say give the damn atheists a few decades to have an agenda; Christians have been doing it for over a millenium! And God bless our children if they can figure out that a little girl journeying to the North Pole to save her friends from certain
death is an allegory for the atheist’s struggle against organized religion. My God it’s a miracle; America’s average IQ just jumped 30 points!
Who needs Teach for America when Hollywood can teach our children all they need to know about allegory?