In what can only be described as political correctness gone awray, actor Liam Neeson compared C.S. Lewis' Christ-like lion character, Aslan, in the Chronicles of Narnia series, to Mohammed or Buddha.
Neeson, who plays the voice of Aslan in the upcoming Narnia movie, made the comments during a publicity tour for the film.
A story on CNA states:
Speaking ahead of the upcoming release of the Narnia movie “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” Neeson said: “Aslan symbolizes a Christ-like figure but he also symbolizes for me Mohammed, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries.
“That’s who Aslan stands for as well as a mentor figure for kids – that’s what he means for me.”Correct me if I'm wrong, but did either Muhammed or Buddha rise from the dead?
The 58-year-old Neeson is a practicing Catholic who grew up in Northern Ireland and was named after his parish priest, the Daily Telegraph reports. The actor has also collaborated with American Catholic priests to produce a CD of Lenten spiritual meditations.
Walter Hooper, Lewis’ former secretary and a trustee of his estate, said that C.S. Lewis would have been outraged by the claim.
“It is nothing whatever to do with Islam,” Hooper told the Telegraph. “Lewis would have simply denied that. He wrote that the ‘whole Narnian story is about Christ.’ Lewis could not have been clearer.”
He attributed Neeson’s remarks to political correctness and a desire to be “very multicultural.”
As the CNA article states, Lewis himself described Aslan as what Christ would look like in a world like Narnia.
Interestingly, Lewis began his writing career as an atheist professor at Oxford University in England. He converted to Christianity in his early 30's with the help of good friend, Catholic author J.R.R. Tolkien, of The Lord of the Rings fame. Lewis became one of the best known and beloved Christian authors of all times.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is expected to hit theatres this weekend.
It is definitely on the Espinosa family "must see" movie list.