The British author Philip Pullman has attacked leading American Catholics as “nitwits” after they called for a boycott of The Golden Compass, which has its world premiere in London tonight.

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Pullman continues to assert that he is not promoting “militant atheism.” He says the “reader and filmgoer” should be the judge. Here is a brief passage from the Trilogy:

“The Authority, God, the Creator, the Lord, Yahweh, El, Adonai, the King, the Father, the Almighty—those were all names he gave himself.” “He told those that came after him that he had created them, but it was a lie. One of those who came later was wiser than he was, and she found out the truth, so he banished her.” (from The Amber Spy Glass)

Reader…judge for yourself. Filmgoer…check out the reviews

Here is a less than glowing review (2 stars out of 5)from the Times, of The Golden Compass:

The Golden Compass Review