11.13.2005

Chronicles of Irony

The much anticipated release of The Chronicles of Narnia is less than one month away. The movie will tell the story of the CS Lewis classic, Chronicles of Narnia. The story is an allegory of the message and life of Jesus Christ. Aslan, the lion, eventually gives his life to save the life of a child (Edmund) and is later resurrected.

Ironically, in Florida just one week after Banned Books Week, during which schools celebrate books that have been previously banned, there is a call to remove Chronicles from the reading list in public schools. See the entire World Magazine article here.

The director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Barry Lynn, said this: "This whole contest is just totally inappropriate because of the themes of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It is simply a retelling of the story of Christ." (italics mine)

We want to teach our kids to have open minds, to think critically, to make their own choices. To be be tolerant, appreciate other people's differences. But, we dare not expose them to "the story of Christ." No, not that! Hmmmm... Thank goodness we are so open-minded and tolerant.

Gene Edward Veith writes in the World Magazine article that if we try to eliminate all that is Christian from our culture, we will have nothing left.

Too often, Americans have forgotten that it was Christians who risked their lives and the lives of their family members in order to create an culture to allow people freedom of expression and of religious choice. The people made mistakes, because they were human. We know about Salem. We know about the shame of slavery whose mark continues to stain the pages of our history.

However, there is no denying that what we find today is a war against the Judeo-Christian worldview. We hear little about the book Heather Has Two Mommies being read to elementary school children. Lynn doesn't appear to have a problem with students being encouraged to read Harry Potter. But, an allegory about Christ. God forbid...uh, well, maybe not God...

7 Comments:

At 11/13/2005 03:26:00 PM, Blogger fetzer said...

I loved the chronicles of narnia growing up even though I didn't understand it's theology until I was much older. Your post really highlights the hypocrisy of the anti-christian zealots. Their goal is not tolerance but the elimination of all things Christian. Until we realize we are in a spiritual battle against forces that hate Christ we will never win the culture war. It is isn't about forcing our beliefs on others but it about equal opportunity to profess our faith in the public square. When given this opportunity, the message of the gospel can be very compelling, especially to children. It is one of hope and peace and acceptance. When compared to the prevailing cultural dogma one can see one why the message of Christ is so attractive. And that is what scares the enemy.

 
At 11/14/2005 02:07:00 AM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Lores,

I'm sure you are well-aware that I am not of religious faith; but that those who are, especially those of the Christian faith, have a strong ally in me.

We know about the shame of slavery whose mark continues to stain the pages of our history.

And it was Christians who also helped to end slavery.

When I read the Chronicles of Narnia, I think I was just old enough to realize that, without really knowing much about C.S. Lewis, there was something fishy here. On my own, I put two and two together and realized its deep connections to Christianity (not that it takes a rocket evangelist to exactly figure it out). And I still loved it.

Why fear it? If there is a Christian message there, the message is a good one. It's a shame that people allow their religious bigotry and fear of religion to ruin their enjoyment of a very well-crafted series of imaginative literature, for all ages.

I can hardly wait for the movie to come out. I seldom go to the theaters these days, but I definitely want to see this.

 
At 11/14/2005 02:57:00 AM, Blogger Goat said...

C.S. Lewis and Tolkien are favorites of mine, I might actually have to drag myself to a theatre as I did for LOTR. I hope it is as well done as "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" is a wonderful gripping story. The passage through the wardrobe will be a cinematic charm I am sure.

 
At 11/14/2005 06:31:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

I think Barry Lynn needs to have a "Come to Jesus" meeting.

 
At 11/15/2005 02:15:00 AM, Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

I would like a direct link to Barry Whathis comment, please.

--E(R)

 
At 11/15/2005 02:19:00 AM, Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

Never mind. I found plenty, without even trying very hard. Hoo boy.

--E(R)

 
At 11/15/2005 02:21:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

ER: the Barry Lynn comment is in the World Mag article. The direct link is embedded in "See the entire World Magazine article here."

 

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