Right wing Catholics are taking aim at Liam Neeson over comments he made about Aslan, the Lion character he plays in the movie of the Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S Lewis.
Lewis, a devout Catholic also from Northern Ireland is a major hero figure for many conservative Catholics.
Neeson has upset his supporters by saying that Aslan not only represents Christ but also Muhamand
Neeson stated "Aslan symbolizes a Christlike figure," ... "but he also symbolizes for me Muhammad, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries."
William Oddie the former editor of the Catholic Herald. calls Neeson's comment "a betrayal of Lewis' intention and a shameful distortion" of Lewis' work.
Oddie stated "Aslan is clearly established from the very beginning of the [series] as a Christ figure. I can't believe that Liam Neeson is so stupid as not to know [this]."
Walter Hooper was formerly C.S. Lewis' secretary and is also a trustee of the Lewis estate is also angry at Neeson.
Lewis' work, he said, "has nothing whatever to do with Islam. The whole story is about Christ. Lewis could not have been clearer."