The blasphemous film, The Golden Compass premiered in theaters around the nation on December 7, 2007. It portrays the Church as the evil “Magisterium” that seeks to control men by stealing their souls and promotes a gnostic message similar to the Da Vinci Code.
In response,TFP member Edward Ritchie held a protest at the Westlake Promenade Regal Cinema in Westlake, Ohio on the evening of December 7. He was joined by several other friends and supporters who withstood icy temperatures and chilly winds.
The demonstrators recited prayers in honor of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother and sang religious hymns, ending with “Holy God, We praise Thy Name.” The huge banner they held read: “We reject The Golden Compass, an anti-God film. It is a shrewd deception promoting animosity towards God, contempt for the Church, leading youth to atheism and the loss of innocence. Don’t Be Fooled!” The honks and cheers of support that they received from passersby bolstered their enthusiasm and encouraged them to continue their protest for God’s honor.