Indeed, there has been quite a few things in the news lately that I have considered commenting on.
Last week, I thought of talking about the teacher who was arrested in Sudan after allowing her class to name a teddy bear Muhammad. Another incident that caught my attention was in Saudi Arabia where a woman was given a punishment after she was abducted and raped. It stuns me at times the differences between the society of America and those of other countries. I do not speak ill of Islam or those that follow it. I have known several people who follow Islam through the years, and I respect their beliefs. I just find it hard to fit my mind around some of the strict laws that some countries impose on their people, particularly their women.
This week, there is the shooting that took place in Omaha. As I read more and more about the background of the teen responsible, I see some disturbing similarities with some people I know. Thankfully, they are past that stage in their lives, and they know if they need help, their loved ones will drop everything to ensure they get the help they need. It is hard to believe a person would do something this horrifying around the holidays. People plan to spend the holidays with peace and joy.
Another thing I keep hearing about is the debate surrounding the movie, "The Golden Compass". I compare it to a lesser version of the debate around "The Da Vinci Code". They are both popular books that have been made into movies. Supposedly, "The Golden Compass" has anti-religion and anti-Christian themes in it. Some people are insisting that Christians boycott the movie. This goes to show how much TV I watch. I had no idea the book was being made into a movie until a couple weeks ago. I have the trilogy, but I have not yet read it. I bought it quite some time ago with the intent of reading it, but got sidetracked by everything that has been going on. Now, I am intrigued. I want to see what all the fuss is about. I did the same after "The Da Vinci Code" became such a controversy. I read the book and almost laughed at the whole mess. I can understand why some of my fellow Christians might consider the book upsetting, but there was one thing I thought was made rather clear throughout the book. It was fiction. There was no truth to it, however many myths and rumors might have contributed to its making. It was fiction. So is "The Golden Compass". I will enjoy this book. Maybe I will find the chance to see the movie and compare the two, too. I like doing that.