It doesn't take much to annoy Christians, we know. They're just waiting for an opportunity to tell you how the very foundation of the Church, and all morality and faith, will be destroyed by one person's opinion. Apparently, such an opinion is that much more insidious if it is presented as a work of fiction.
I can see where they're coming from, since the whole damned religion is based on a work of fiction!
On the topic of The Golden Compass, and I speak without having watched the film (get to it, µtorrent!), it does appear that director Christopher Weitz has gone out of his way to tone down the anti-God/Church/religion current that flows through Philip Pullman's books. When I read His Dark Materials, I was hooked by Pullman's treatment of original sin, the dichotomy of innocence and knowledge, and the ruthlessness that religious leaders will exhibit to sustain the gullibility of their followers. It would be a crying shame if these elements were left out of the film, for it would rob it of its raison d'être.
The rest of the world is hardly more logical. Anil Ambani's getting sued over Sardarji jokes. Politicos in UP and Bihar want to protect a cobbler's dignity of labour at all costs (over a bloody song, no less). A German politician takes Wikipedia to court for 'too much Nazi symbolism' on pages about Nazi Germany (and today withdrew the charges, thankfully).
Nitin Pai has an opinion on the need (such as it can be described) for such behaviour, which he calls competitive intolerance.
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