Censoring controversial movies
I shouldn't be surprised by the news that the film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code may play down or even eliminate the central premise of the book - namely, that Jesus had a child with Mary Magdalene intended to be his heir, and the Catholic Church went to extreme lengths to suppress the truth and the "sacred feminine." The same thing is apparently happening with the film adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, in which religion is portrayed as evil, a force that represses humanity and all that is good and free in life.
Still, I can't help but gape incredulously. It's as though someone were to do a film adaptation of The Last Temptation of Christ but took out all the stuff about the last temptation. Or tried to make Harry Potter palatable to the religious right by taking out all the magic. Really, what's the point?