Phillip Pullman, writer of the "His Dark Materials" saga is releasing a new book entitled, "The Good Man Jesus, and the Scoundrel Christ". Obviously many people will find this an offensive title, and while addressing an audience at the Sheridan Theatre, the intelligent and well spoken Pullman had these words to say on the matter:
Whether you agree with his point of view or not... Whether you like him or not... Whether you are religious or not... Pullman has voiced the most concise and truthful argument for free speech that I have heard in recent years. And with his experience, (The 'His Dark materials" saga was discontinued as a film project after only one film, "Golden Compass", because of pressure from the Catholic church) he speaks with a weight of intelligence that simply cannot be denied.