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Tight cellphone security for the Golden Compass Premier

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As I previously mentioned on this blog, I've had the good fortune to land tickets to the premier of The Golden Compass, which is taking place tomorrow evening. This morning I received an email from the theatre's communications people, saying:

"Due to the incredible cellphone technology available today, and the ever prevalent threat of piracy that severely affects our industry, the makers of THE GOLDEN COMPASS have had to implement strict security measures for the event. This will be the first screening of the film in South Africa and with this in mind; we would like to remind you that no cell phones will be allowed into the cinemas on the night. There will be a cellphone check-in counter available but to alleviate any concerns you might have in this regard, we encourage you to consider locking your cellphones in your vehicle or leaving them in the safety of your home."

Considering the video capacity of the LG KU990 that I was reviewing recently, I can see their point. Anyway, I'll soak up everything I can and share with you my impressions of the movie.

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Interestingly, I also received an email from a good friend of mine, leading me to an article that strongly criticises The Golden Compass for its anti-Christian stance, and the fact that this 'gospel" is aimed at children. My friend also urged me to boycott the movie.

The attached article, written by a Michael Foust, the assistant editor of Baptist Press in the US, says:

The entire series has been dubbed the "anti-Narnia," with Pullman regularly expressing disdain for C.S. Lewis' fictional world and even once calling it "propaganda in the service of a life-hating ideology." He has sought to write a completely different fictional tale, and he has succeeded. He said in a 2001 interview, "I'm trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief," and two years later told another newspaper, "My books are about killing God."

I am a self-proclaimed Christian and one of the things people learn about me fast is that my daughter is very important to me. But I also believe in judging things on their merits, rather than on hear-say. 

So I will consider what they are saying with respect to my daughter's vieiwng of the movie, but I will also see it for myself first to decide if it makes me uncomfortable. Until I got the invitation from MTN to attend the premier of the Golden Compass, I'd never heard of the movie and had to look it up on the Internet.

I also don't believe in hiding my child from the reality of other faiths. Yes I am Christian, and I am raising her on that basis, but the faith shouldn't be used as a place to hide from the world. She should be a Christian while being fully aware that there are other belief choices out there, and knowing what those beliefs are about.

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