Halton’s Catholic trustees and staff will be reviewing a fantasy novel that is `apparently written by an atheist’ Because of a recent complaint, they’ve pulled The Golden Compass (and as a precaution, Phillip Pullman’s other fantasy books) off school library shelves:
“(The complaint) came out of interviews that Philip Pullman had done, where he stated that he is an atheist and that he supports that,” said Scott Millard, the board’s manager of library services.
“Since we are an educational institution, we want to be able to evaluate the material; we want to make sure we have the best material for students.”
You may have heard of The Golden Compass; some critics anticipate it’s the next Harry Potter, and now it’s also a movie, set for release on December 7. Unlikely this ban on the book will last too long…
Last February, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board removed the award-winning Snow Falling on Cedars from library shelves and teaching materials after a parent complaint about sexual content, but later reinstated the book after a review.