Some Friday quickies, because my workload has actually increased over the holidays. I curse you, Xmas spirit!
Simon Owens notes that Philip Pullman's comments re "killing God" have been significantly juiced to make his "Golden Compass" seem even more anti-Christian than it is. As well, Catholic Magesterium attempts to suppress sales of the book by arguing that it is darkly subversive have gone swimmingly, and the reviews of the movie I've seen are decidedly mixed.
As an aside, I've read all three books in the series. "The Golden Compass" I thought was very good. "The Subtle Knife" was good, but by the end of it I was already beginning to feel that Pullman's imaginary world was becoming over-stuffed. "The Amber Spyglass" is an unholy mess (gay angels?) and I skimmed more than read the last 100 pages.
Meanwhile, as several of my commenters noted, Andrew Coyne, known far and wide as "the Conservative writer that can add", did seems to have done very litte research for his column on Maclean's troubles with the CHRC. If he had done some, he probably would not have written:
Not content with tossing around incendiary charges of religious bias, the CIC has enlisted the force of the law to press its case. It has done so, what is more, not through any of the traditional legal means by which freedom of speech may be limited, nor with any of the legal system’s usual requirements of due process, but through a new and seemingly open-ended mechanism: the human rights commission .
As JS writes:
Human Rights Commissions are only "new" mechanisms in the way that any other 46 year-old mechanism can be considered to be new.
Looks like Steyn's effect on other writers is to drag them all down to his level.