Originally Posted by Brain_Mach1
Wow! I figured that everyone would be lining up to go see Golden Compass and buy the books. After all the evil organization is The Magisterium.
There is plenty of Christian literature which speaks against a group called the Magisterium which has members called Bishops.
Pullman claimed that his main issue is actually those who, "misuse religion, or any other kind of doctrine with a holy book" with the purpose tp "dominate and supress human freedoms."
As Hollywood has pointed out in many other posts, the problem is religion. Once we remove religion such as, Pol Pot and Stalin did, we can all live in peace. (Have you researched those non-religious regimes yet Hollywood?)
Here are a couple of the major issues Brian: (from the site I linked)
Pullman represents God as a decrepit and perverse angel in his novels, who captures the dead in a "prison camp" afterlife. As one fallen angel tells one of the novel's young heroes:
The Authority, God, the Creator, the Lord, Yahweh, El, Adonai, the King, the Father, the Almighty – those were all names he gave himself. He was never the creator. He was an angel like ourselves – the first angel, true, the most powerful, but he was formed of Dust as we are, and Dust is only a name for what happens when matter begins to understand itself.
One heroine in the story who turns from the Church did so when she realized "there wasn't any God at all and … the Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that's all." Instead, the Church just kept her from finding love, thinking freely and pursuing bodily pleasures like sex. As she notes:
"I'd made myself believe that I was fine and happy and fulfilled on my own without the love of anyone else." Later, she says, "I knew what I should think: it was whatever the Church taught me to think. … So I never had to think about [science] for myself."