There is a lot of controversy swirling around Hollywood's latest installment, The Golden Compass.
Our station has received several emails showing concern over the movie, and criticism of author Philip Pullman, who some believe is using his popularity to spread his atheist beliefs. For me, I struggle with the motivations of an author and movie studio releasing a film with anti-Christian themes at Christmas - of all times - and promoting it as a "kid's movie".
But I also struggle with all the protesting. More often than not, it draws more attention to the film and actually helps boost interest along with ticket sales. With all forms of entertainment, I think it is the parents' responsibility to monitor what kids are exposed to - good or bad. And it's the parents' moral compass - not Hollywood's - to decide if a movie is right for their kids.
Before heading to the theater, I encourage you to go online, look at the material and read the reviews for yourself. There are plenty out there. Then decide if this movie is right for you - or as one opponent suggests choose to stay home, pick another movie or read a good book. Keeping informed of what our kids are watching is making this A Better East Texas.