There has been a lot of press about the movie The Golden Compass. It was released to theatres on December 7. The movie is based on the book of the same name, written by Philip Pullman.
Pullman is an atheist, and some clergy have been telling people not to see this movie, as its agenda is to turn children away from God. I finished reading the book this weekend, as part of the three books in the series.
It's an amazing story. Once upon a time, in an alternate world, there was a little girl. This little girl was "chosen" to save her world from destruction, and by default, every other world. Her adventures lead her to her biological parents, new worlds, new friends and new understanding. I had tears in my eyes toward the end of book three.
What I came away with is that faith is never a terrible thing, but when people use the power of religion for evil, it's still evil, no matter whose name you invoke to justify the action.