Archive for November 19th, 2007

More Signs of Hope in Iraq – Muslims Attending Church Service at St. John’s in Baghdad

November 19, 07

A touching follow-up to A Sign of Hope in Iraq – Muslims Putting Up A Cross.  Via The Jawa Report .

More pics and captions can be found at original post by Michael Yon’s site.

Captions follow pics. Be warned: My own captions contain much sarcastic prodding at the state of peaceful, multicultural Malaysia’s own standard of religious ‘tolerance’.

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Ah, this must be Iraqi counterpart to our Pejabat Tanah dan Jajahan, busy tearing down an indigeneous church! No, wait… They doing what?!!! No wai!!!

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Gasp! Muslims in a church service? At the front row? How could their faith not be irrepareably shaken by such an act? They’ll become apostates for sure! Quick, call the  Kayukayuian religious counseling groups!

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Girls and women in the same room as men during a religious session? This… This is totally uncultural! Decadent Western imperialism! Quick, someone cover them up before they tempt all the men within sight to uncontrollably become rapists!!! Nik Aziz to the rescue!

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For shame! This little girl is such an immoral temptress, with her irresistable-to-ordinary-men long hair flying all about! She should that any girl above the age of 4 is unstoppably seductive to real men! She should be at home in her stifling burqa, learning proper behaviour from Hamas TV shows for kids!

(But if any girls do end up gang-raped, remember to brutally whip them 200 times for their fault in instigating the sexual perversion!)

And that is a glimpse of Iraq: Alleged centre of endless wartorn sectarian strife, where Muslims can help Christians repair their church and then visit the church services.

The war-tornedness of Iraq is definitely proven by the fact that in non-wartorn Muslim majority nations (*cough* Truly Asia *cough*), such shows of tolerance and unity are illegal and punishable by imediate imprisonment without trial and torture under the ISA.

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November 19, 07

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Bit more at Mary’s blog post

For The Star’s review of Maria’s in Ipoh, see The Star: Great Treat For Beef Lovers (Feat. Mary Ann).

The Golden Compass – Attacking A Misportrayal of Christianity (And How to Refute the Attacks)

November 19, 07

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So the The Golden Compass is already generating controversy, with Christians parents urged to boycott the film as a family through their churches and e-mail.

The novels in the His Dark Materials series (of which The Golden Compass is the first book) are quite clearly anti-Christian, anti-religion, and anti-Catholic church in particular.

But as everyone should know by now, the real god of Hollywood is not atheism or liberalism or secular humanism or even sex… But mammon. Moolah. Money.

So in order to appease the producer-gods of financial backing, the movie version of The Golden Compass will avoid direct references to religion, such as reworking the villian’s organization of evilness to no more be portrayed as the successor to the Catholic church.

Or as one columnist put it: ‘With $180 million at stake, the studio opted to kidnap the book’s body and leave behind its soul’. Link also decribes some of the anti-church tones and the underage sex scenes of the series.

A belated effort not to lose the purchasing power of the religiously-inclined families which made The Passion of the Christ such an earner. (How many other films featuring torture, blood, gore and death were repeatedly attended by whole families and church congregations?)

And apparently, a failed effort… Read through Time magazine’s piece entitled The Hobbit Goes Hollywood, excerpt from it below:

New Line’s tough last couple of years at the box office has also magnified the studio’s need for a sure hit like The Hobbit. Shaye and Lynne’s latest attempt to recreate the box office magic of Rings, the fantasy adaptation The Golden Compass, underperformed, with $25 million at the box office its opening weekend.

Got that? The failure of anti-Christian film The Golden Compass directly contributed to getting the most suitable director back to work on The Hobbit, which is the prequel to the Christianity-innuendoed Lord of the Rings trilogy!

Pure divine retributive irony.

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Well, anyhow, here are my own refutations and responses to some of The Golden Compass’ anti-Christianity polemic plot points I’ve gleaned from Wikipedia and whatnot. Feel free to quote them when some atheist whose only study material is a fantasy novel tries to get snarky (sort of like how some global warming believers have only ever watched one theatre film about the subject).

TGC polemic: “For all of [the Church’s] history…it’s tried to suppress and control every natural impulse. And when it can’t control them, it cuts them out.”

Response: Natural impulses includes murder, rape, taking from others for one’s own gain… Basically most of the things that the Ten Commandments warns against.

TGC polemic: “That’s what the Church does, and every church is the same: control, destroy, obliterate every good feeling.”

Response: They’ve obviously never experienced the joy of knowing a loving God, which is what Christians (at least born again ones) have. And they must have missed my church, where we have lots of good feelings during happening praise & worship, fellowship lunch, kids enjoying Sunday School games and much, much more.

TGC polemic: “The Authority, God, the Creator, the Lord, Yahweh, El, Adonai, the King, the Father, the Almighty—those were all names he gave himself.”

Pullman’s “Authority” is worshipped on Lyra’s earth as God, but he turns out to be the first angel instead. It is explicitly stated that the Authority was in fact not the creator of worlds.

Reponse: Sounds more like Lucifer, aka Satan, described above – a top angel who desires to replace God and make himself the almighty. Which would make the His Dark Materials trilogy written based on a complete misrepresentation of how Christianity already warns of angel-worship. Either that, or he’s actually writing the books as anti-Satanism or anti-Jehovah’s Witness vehicles lolz!

TGC polemic: The Authority turns out not to be really God who created everything in the universe, but a mortal being who claims to be the god who created everything in the universe.

Response: Therefore the Authority does not respresent the true God, YHWH. Rather, he represents all the false religions of the world where puny, flawed people set themselves up as gods. Therefore, The Golden Compass should be protested against by the ACLU as ‘religiously intolerant of Gnosticism, Scientology, and various New Age beliefs’.

TGC polemic: “There’s no one to fret, no one to condemn, no one to bless me for being a good girl, no one to punish me for being wicked. Heaven was empty. I didn’t know whether God had died, or whether there never had been a God at all.”

Response: Then there’s also no one to care for you, no one to comfort you, no one to guide your life for the best, no one to choose the best person for you to marry, no one to love you so much that He dies to atone for your wrongs and bring you into a very real heaven.

TGC polemic: Mary Malone explains that her desire for sex was her primary purpose for abandoning the God in Whom she no longer believes. “And I thought: am I really going to spend the rest of my life without ever feeling that again? … And I took the crucifix from around my neck and I threw it in the sea. That was it. All over. Gone. … So, that was how I stopped being a nun.”

Response: Here is where it becomes clear that the author of the His Dark Materials series Pullman actually has a problem with the Roman Catholic Church, rather than Christianity in general. Celibacy is not a preresquisite for devoting one’s life to serving God in Protestant demoninations – only keeping sex within the monogamous man-woman marriage context. Which, contrary to Free Love propaganda, is actually the only way to a truly fulfilling sexual relationship.

Marriage and romantic/sexual love is a gift from God, instituted since the very first time Adam got to know Eve. Poor Pullman is taking out his frustrations based on a narrow exposure to what Christianity really is. (Hey, I’m getting married soon – and it was a direct sign from God that let me know that I’ve found the right woman to marry!)

TGC polemic: In the book, Lord Asriel, an enigmatic explorer, lectures Lyra on the story of Adam and Eve. In Lyra and Asriel’s world, the story goes: “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to reveal the true form of one’s daemon, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat.”

“This is exactly what happens in the Garden of Eden,” Pullman told me. “They become aware of sexuality, of the power the body has to attract attention from someone else. This is not only natural, but a wonderful thing! To be celebrated! Why the Christian Church has spent 2,000 years condemning this glorious moment, well, that’s a mystery. I want to confront that, I suppose, by telling a story that this so-called original sin is anything but. It’s the thing that makes us fully human.”

“This is exactly what happens in the Garden of Eden,” Pullman told me. “They become aware of sexuality, of the power the body has to attract attention from someone else. This is not only natural, but a wonderful thing! To be celebrated! Why the Christian Church has spent 2,000 years condemning this glorious moment, well, that’s a mystery. I want to confront that, I suppose, by telling a story that this so-called original sin is anything but. It’s the thing that makes us fully human.”

Response: Pullman tries his hand at hijacking Christian scripture, and anyone with a most basic understanding of the original sin can quickly refute his amateurish exegesis.

What Pullman tries to pull here (lolz) is to insinuate that Christians consider the original sin to be sexual in nature, perhaps sex itself. After all, what better way to promote opposition to Christianity by promoting the misunderstanding that the church forbids sex?

But to Christians, there is nothing at all wrong with being naked with one’s spouse. In fact, God Himself is the one who created marriage and sex!

Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.Genesis 2:22,24-25

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”Genesis 1:27-28

Jesus echoes this when He says:

They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.” “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” – Mark 10:4-9 

Even Paul reaffirms as much to the early church, and to modern believers:

The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. –  1st Corinthians 7:3-5

And that’s the ONLY limit on sexual acts that Christians  impose on themselves – all sexual acts and thoughts must be within marriage between a man and a woman. (i.e. Not before marriage, not outside of marriage and not between man-man or woman-woman.)

For the record, the original sin was disobeying God and trying to take His place – to make oneself god, just like the Authority in Pullman’s books. See the very bottom image of this post.

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See also Matt Barber: The Golden Compass Has No Moral Compass for a prod at atheists who reject religion because they want to be free of guilt while doing all sorts of naughty things.

And How Hollywood Saved God, which reaffirms the anti-Christian and sex-is-the-ultimate-goal aspects of the books – as well as how The Golden Compass’ more overt anti-religion slants present in earlier film scripts were thrown out.

And Moonbattery: La Times Writer Promotes Golden Compass, Douses Christians in Contemptuous Condescension for a moonbat response to the emails warning of The Golden Compass’ atheist agenda.

And Philip Pullman – Emo Whiner el Supremo for some MAJOR whininess from the series’ author about superior writer C.S. Lewis.

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CONCLUSION:

The Golden Compass and the His Dark Materials books are not really a proper criticism of Christianity. They are merely a criticism of a straw man version of Christianity – a misconstrued, misunderstood, misrepresented and rather uneducated notion of what Christianity claims and really is.

Rather than a just, caring, supremely-loving God who is so selfless and humble that He would willingly die on the cross to pay for our neverending sins, The Golden Compass and its ilk only have a deluded mortal who wants to be a god (*cough* L. Ron Hubbard *cough*).

In fact, Wikipedia had this to say about whether Pullman achieved his (purported) aim of smearing Christianity:

Other Christian writers, such as Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware, while finding his anti-Christian position troubling, “also uncover spiritual themes within the books, which, like shafts of light, break through an otherwise gloomy universe – despite Pullman’s best efforts to keep them out. In the end, the authors argue that Pullman offers an unwitting tribute to the God he intended to discredit.” in their book Shedding Light on His Dark Materials.

Fans and opponents of the books, I invite you to send me more quotes and sections from the series. I will dissect and debunk each anti-Christian polemic as I am able to.

From Michael Ramirez:

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