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Da Vinci Code: Get a grip!
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, May 18, 2006

I think Anthony Quinn, reviewing the film "The Da Vinci Code" gets it about right:
For Christ's sake! If this movie sends a single shockwave through true believers then one can only assume that their faith rests on pathetically frail foundations. Choosing to picket cinemas that screen The Da Vinci Code makes about as much sense as picketing a Monopoly board for a perceived unfairness over property rents.
It's a movie for heaven sake, and it is about as true as one Oliver Stone might make. What is all of this caterwalling about picketing and why is the Catholic Church talking about telling its members to boycott it?

Best description?
The Da Vinci Code is nothing more than an elaborate treasure hunt pasted with lashings of Catholic doctrine, ritual and iconography. It sets itself a spurious "puzzle" and proceeds to solve it, slowly, doggedly, like someone who's forgotten the combination on their bicycle lock and tries one sequence of numbers after another.
It is no more accurate than most war movies. It's "Indiana Jones and the Book of Codes". It's entertainment. It is not a threat to mother church and said church should quit acting like it is ... unless it wants to boost the movie's take.
 
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As an atheist, I haven’t a pony in this show. I will note, only mildly perplexed, that movies are increasingly becoming proxies for greater societal disputes. Are filmmakers becoming more... propagandist, or are moviegoers just more attuned to some of the crap Hollywood puts out?

I can count the new films I’ve seen in the past five years on one hand - actually one fist - and it has little to do with any films percieved message. Rather that of late, the film industry foists swill upon customers, IMO. The good films seemingly are shown only at the small indy theaters, and breifly at that. Its far easier to rent them six months later.
 
Written By: bains
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Wait till the "Satanic Verses" comes out.
 
Written By: Jimmy the Dhimmi
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Actually, most of Christianity is not afraid of this movie and any scholar of art, architecture or history finds Browns story amusing. It is bad history, period.

But Brown and many others claim it is more than fiction.

I wonder if Brown had written such a book about Islam if folks would be telling them all to "lighten up."

I doubt it. I think folks would be appalled that the great religion had been so mistreated.
 
Written By: Barry Duren
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Here’s the problem in a nutshell:

You have many, many uneducated people in the world. You have an undertone of anti-Catholic sentiment among the same.

You now present a book that claims Christianity is a fraud, based on a novel that seeks to portray that fraud in terms of "historical fiction".

What’s history and what’s fiction? That’s never discussed. The reader is free to decide this as such, and with a modicum of education comes to discover the gnostic texts. AH HA! exclaims the now mis-educated reader. I can now employ all sorts of faulty logic to come to the conclusion (a) my prejudices and (b) what I believe to be fact lead me to discover — that Christianity is a fraud, and Christ not God!

What I find amazing about the entire controversy is the stark comparison between the reaction of Christians and the reaction of say, Muslims to pictures of Muhummad. In the latter, embassies went up in flames. In the former... protests? Bah, we’re just taking things to seriously...

Hence the results of a belief system in the West that has no idea of value, belief, or preference. Everything is equal, why get bent out of shape over a movie, yada yada yada.

The DaVinci Code is an attack on Christ. Of that much, nothing more can be said.

What can and is being discussed is the response of Christians to such an attack. I think that’s the real story here, regardless of what one might think of Christianity as a whole (or compared to the secular West or Islam).

Regards,
 
Written By: Shaun Kenney
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The DaVinci Code is an attack on Christ. Of that much, nothing more can be said.
And the point of the post, Shaun, was to say those who are true believers know that.

So again, what’s the problem?

It’s a movie. It’s entertainment. It isn’t to be taken seriously (anymore than "Platoon" or "Apoclypse Now" are considered to be accurate or serious portrayals of Vietnam by anyone who ever served there). It isn’t a documentary, after all.

It is a treasure hunt movie wrapped in old religious myths ... period.

 
Written By: McQ
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It’s a movie. It’s entertainment. It isn’t to be taken seriously (anymore than "Platoon" or "Apoclypse Now" are considered to be accurate or serious portrayals of Vietnam by anyone who ever served there). It isn’t a documentary, after all.
Right, which is why the Catholic Church is considering a boycott rather than excommunication (or a jihad).

Seriously, what’s wrong with the Catholic Church calling for a boycott if elements of the movie are offensive to devout Catholics? It’s not like they’re shooting people who go to see the movie. Or firebombing the studios. It’s simple economic pressure, in the fine libertarian tradition.
 
Written By: Steverino
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and Loose Change is just a theory about how 9/11 was actually a government conspiracy. Relax! And the protocols of zion are just a fiction that discusses how...

One man’s entertainment is another man’s lunacy.

and the problem today is many people believe what they see in the movies, i.e. Oliver Stone stuff.

It’s no big deal, but is annoying.
 
Written By: Harun
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The writing uses the heretical fantasies of various groups as its backdrop. Giving them more exposure than they deserve. It really gives them a boost and possibly a voice they would never have had.

And don’t tell me movies don’t affect people. Case in point are the various conspiracy theory shorts about a missle hitting the pentagon among others. Those movies have the ’look’ of a high production value documentary. That gives them authority in many people minds, consciously or subconsciously.

The work is acknowledged as just fiction. But so are many WWII movies. They are easily labelled fiction. However the backstory in that case is real. The backstory here is often not identified as fictional as well. I can tell someone its fiction, they will acknowledge that point, but still believe there may be a basis in fact for the backstory.

Perhaps only the gullible will believe the backstory, but the Church isn’t exactly an exclusive club and has to address the effect this has on the gullible.
 
Written By: jpm100
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Seriously, what’s wrong with the Catholic Church calling for a boycott if elements of the movie are offensive to devout Catholics? It’s not like they’re shooting people who go to see the movie. Or firebombing the studios. It’s simple economic pressure, in the fine libertarian tradition.
Absolutely. I just think its an over reaction and it will probably cause more people to go see the film.
 
Written By: McQ
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And don’t tell me movies don’t affect people. Case in point are the various conspiracy theory shorts about a missle hitting the pentagon among others. Those movies have the ’look’ of a high production value documentary. That gives them authority in many people minds, consciously or subconsciously.
But that isn’t produced as a "movie", i.e. entertainment. It is presented as reality ... proof.

DVC is a yarn and there’s been so much out there about the fact that it is a yarn that you’d have to be pretty unaware not to know it. And who knows, if anything, it may drive more people to seek out the truth of the matter.
 
Written By: McQ
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Got Pepto, McQ?
Prepare to be nauseous.
It’s a movie. It’s entertainment. It isn’t to be taken seriously…
I couldn’t agree more. (ooh, that hurts.) ;)

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You have many, many uneducated people in the world. You have an undertone of anti-Catholic sentiment among the same.

You now present a book that claims Christianity is a fraud, based on a novel that seeks to portray that fraud in terms of "historical fiction".
Shaun, couldn’t one turn that around…

You have many, many uneducated people in the world. You have an undertone of anti-atheist sentiment among the same.

You now present a book (the bible) that claims Christianity is fact, based on a novel (the bible) that seeks to portray faith in terms of "historical fact".

The Da Vinci Code is an enormously popular international bestseller. It’s a page-turner, not groundbreaking literature. Basically, it’s conspiracy candy. And as we all know, conspiracy candy sells. But rest assured, it’s marketed as fiction… you’ll find it in the fiction section of your local book store. So relax.
If some people take it seriously, then that’s their problem. But anyone with half a brain would realize this by the last chapter. (Spoiler alert!!) I mean really… would the descendants of Christ be caretakers living in Scotland? Please… Like that would EVER happen…

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And the point of the post, Shaun, was to say those who are true believers know that.
Again, McQ. With the Pepto, I mean.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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I think that the problem is not with believers; they will not be changed by the movie if they are true in their faith. The problem (as mentioned above) is that with those who will believe this movie as if it is fact.

Faith aside, it does have some inaccuracies about real historical fact. Christians find that a problem because it may make the possibility of those people coming to Christ a more difficult proposition.

I recall a survey on attitudes about the JFK assassination — those hwo saw Oliver Stone’s work of fiction were much more likely to believe its premises as fact.

All that said, I’m in favor of it being shown. And I’m in favor of anyone organizing a boycott who wishes to.
 
Written By: Ed
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Well Pogue and everyone...I’m Catholic and I think the DVC is trash! I’ve seen folks on this board get nasty and snarky with one another about issues of public policy, heck I’ve done it myself. The DVC attacks my sect and more importantly the core tenets of my religious beliefs! So, I’m going to ask one of two things on this board:
A) Get a grip, it’s only Tax Policy, Immigration, Civil Liberties, and the Global War on Terror, so just CHILL Peep’s. Arguing about it only attracts more attention; OR
B) Chill McQ and let us Catholics/Christians get darned grumpy, and cut out the "Get a grip" stuff! Because the film touches, deeply held core beliefs!

It is a measure of secular society that HERE people don’t find it odd that angry over issues of secular policy, but seem puzzled when the religious get unhappy...

Just a little consistency please. IF McQ and Jon and Dale, and MK, and CindyB, and a host of thers can be passionate in their beliefs over "Authoritarian Cultism" or whether BDS is is problem or simply a perjorative let’s let others get grumpy about something important to THEM. I think that Rational Choice Theory would say that this issue is fairly high on a number of people’s transitively ordered hierarchy of preferences, it may be lower on YOUR hierarchy, but on many it’s higher. We’ll shake our heads at what YOU get aroused at, but let you rant on about it, just do the same for us.

Finally, I am cynically "amazed". Hollywood and others have found a way to "Speak Truth to Power", and as usual it’s in trashing CHRISTIANS. Don’t trash Muslims, because that’s not PC and any way, they burn embassies! I’m glad, that by-and-large my church ISN’T behaving like many Muslims did on this issue, but I do laugh. To recap, cartoons about the Prophet are verboten, but it’s perfectly OK to simply deny the fundamental tent of Christianity. And Hollywood knows that one makes money and one gets you fatwa and a protection detail for the rest of your life. So couragegously Hollywood makes a statement!
 
Written By: Joe
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Absolutely. I just think its an over reaction and it will probably cause more people to go see the film.
It’s an overreaction to say, "We don’t think Catholics should see this film?" It’s a pretty mild reaction as reactions go.

The movie’s gotten enough buzz without the Church saying a word. I doubt very much that the Church calling for a boycott will cause more people to go see the film.
 
Written By: Steverino
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It’s an overreaction to say, "We don’t think Catholics should see this film?" It’s a pretty mild reaction as reactions go.
Actually it has nothing to do with Catholics per se.

And as you point out, the movie has enough buzz. This simply adds to it, which usually means more box office.

I mean, is that the purpose of the "boycott?"

I’m not saying don’t speak out. They have every right to do so (and to boycott). But if the Church wants fewer to see the picture, not more, is this the smartest way to go about that? Does the Church want to be party to more movie goers choosing to see it rather than less because of the increased buzz and adamant position of the Church? They are creating a curiosity which can only be satisfied one way. I’m convinced that one of the reasons Michael Moore’s movie did so well is the outspoken nature of the critics. Same with "Passion of Christ".

These sorts of protests seem to have a reverse effect in terms of the desired outcome.
 
Written By: McQ
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Chill McQ and let us Catholics/Christians get darned grumpy, and cut out the "Get a grip" stuff! Because the film touches, deeply held core beliefs!
Hey, get as grumpy as you wish. Just be prepared to see precisely the opposite of the desired outcome happen because of your grumpiness.
 
Written By: McQ
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McQ,

Let’s say your neighbor says you do bad things so to little boys. You can (1) do what the Catholic church is doing, and say that’s a lie and try to do what you can to have the lie stopped, or you can (2) take the McQ approach and say I know I haven’t done anything wrong, so no harm done. Lie about me in any way you chose, because I know it isn’t true.

Brown claims that the fictional part is the murder mystery, but all that stuff about Leonardo and the Holy Grail, that’s all true. And what he accuses the church of doing is lying about Christ and suppressing the evidence — and the story line is about the race to uncover the evidence with the Church trying to keep the truth from coming out.
 
Written By: Kevin Murphy
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Hey, get as grumpy as you wish. Just be prepared to see precisely the opposite of the desired outcome happen because of your grumpiness.
That’s exactly right. There are a variety of discrete matters here that should not be conflated.

(1) Naturally, Catholics have the right to protest.

(2) Others have the right to think protesting Catholics are pedantic, humorlous simpletons.

(3) By protesting the movie, rather than conducting counter-information campaigns, Catholics will almost certainly achieve the opposite result from their intention. (recall The Last Temptation of Christ, which is mostly remembered for being protested)

(4) The best cure for bad free speech is good free speech. The Catholics should take this as an opportunity to inform people.

In their favor, the people likely to believe that a movie is reality have already marked themselves as gullible targets. That’s rich fishing territory!
 
Written By: Jon Henke
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The best cure for bad free speech is good free speech.
You said that right...


Next thing I know you guys will be telling me "National Treasure" was a work of fiction... ;)
 
Written By: Keith, Indy
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Others have the right to think protesting Catholics are pedantic, humorlous simpletons
Or that others are dry pedantic ECONOMISTS who can’t see beyond the maximization of some obscure and largely theoretical marginal utility...Sorry Jon, but you DID strike a nerve. Let’s lay off the "pedantic simpleton" stuff, as Catholicism a long and deep tradition of THOUGHT and rationality. In fact, it has escaped your surface notice, I’m sure, that Western Reason was advanced by the likes of Aquinas and the Summa Theologica and Bacon’s Novum Organum. Both Bacon and Aquinas were CATHOLIC theologians. And let’s don’t forget CS Lewis, whom I’m willing to bet would render most everyone here pretty much unarmed in a battle of thought and wit, as it relates to religion and Christianity. YOU might care to imagine Catholicism and/or Christians as some parody of "Imaginary Friend in the Sky Believing" dolts and dupes, but anything more than a cursory study of history would reveal the error of that belief.
(4) The best cure for bad free speech is good free speech. The Catholics should take this as an opportunity to inform people.
Hold it, isn’t that just giving the DVC more publicity?!?! Or laternatively, ISN’T THAT WHAT WE’RE DOING NOW? Or do you mean this is an opportunity to express our beliefs in response? WHICH WE ARE DOING, the focus is on the protests, not the many articles and blog’s debunking the claims. The two go hand-in-hand, I must say something is "Wrong, and please boycott it" whilst saying, "Here’s WHY it’s wrong." What Drudge or the NYT choose to focus on is beyond my control.

 
Written By: Joe
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I haven’t seen The De Vinci Code or read the book. I may go see the movie this weekend because I like movies and, the firestorm of criticism regarding the historical inaccuracies and theological insults aside, at least one reviewer I trust thinks it isn’t half bad. These days, “not half bad” is high praise for a Hollywood would-be blockbuster. It is certainly far higher praise than any review I have ever read about the book.

At one level, there isn’t really much difference between the claims: "You shouldn’t see this movie because it is (a) heretical (from a Christian perspective), (b) bad history or (c) a rotten movie." All involve the person urging others not to see the move presupposing that they either share his reason for disliking it or at least respect his feelings on the matter enough not to see it.

Now, and as many others have noted, people who condemn works of fiction because they are not historically or factually accurate are simply missing the point of fiction. They are condemning a dog for being an unsatisfactory sort of cat. Perhaps the most absurd trope in this age of “reality” television is the idiotic claim at the beginning of too many films “Based on a true story.” It is, of course, a merely elliptical way of saying “Fiction.” There are many reasons to read or watch a work of fiction, but learning history isn’t among them.

So, too, objecting that The De Vinci Code slanders the Roman Catholic Church or Opus Dei or makes claims contrary to the claims Christianity makes is simply beside the point. Let me repeat for the conceptually impaired that what we’re dealing with here is a work of fiction. That some people may believe the story it tells is no more significant than the fact that some people believe in alien abductions (typically including anal probing) or trust the federal government (soon to include anal probing) .

Doubtlessly, many people are offended by The De Vinci Code and its ilk. I could imagine impassioned pleas not to go see a film version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (“Based on a true story!”) if Hollywood in some alternate universe – because it sure as hell wouldn’t happen in this one – were to make such a movie. And they’d have a point. Works of fiction that feed into the religious or ethnic prejudices of others are, at least to that extent, worthy of criticism. At the end of the day, however, and just in case you missed the point above, we’re still left with a work of fiction.

Dan Brown is either the smartest or luckiest bad writer alive. In the entertainment industry (key word: industry) marketing is the most expensive and critical element in launching a product. On the other hand, if the product fails to entertain it will soon flop. Apparently, Brown’s book entertains, and that is all that can be asked of the movie.
 
Written By: D.A. Ridgely
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"Humorless, pendantic simpletons" referred to their protestations of the movies. There’s no reason to believe that the distribution of intelligence is any different among Catholics than among most any other group.

This is the kind of overreaction about which I wrote. If I’m critical of Catholics for what I perceive as an overreaction to a work of fiction, you needn’t defend Catholic intellectuals from the 12th century, etc.
Hold it, isn’t that just giving the DVC more publicity?!?! Or laternatively, ISN’T THAT WHAT WE’RE DOING NOW?
Some of them. Others are demanding the movie be pulled, banned, etc.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
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"Humorless, pendantic simpletons" referred to their protestations of the movies. There’s no reason to believe that the distribution of intelligence is any different among Catholics than among most any other group.

This is the kind of overreaction about which I wrote.
That’s one of ur differences, I guess. I don’t see it as humnourless or pedantic or proof of them being simpletons. They are following a policy with which you disagree, and that you find will be counter-productive. That’s your opinion, OK. It’s the assumption of their mental state that angers me! It is simply an arrogant foolishness.

I disagree with many libertarians, to include YOU. I don’t conclude that you’re failure to follow my policy prescriptions makes you mentally defective! I would ask that you accord the same to those with whom you disagree.

I guess it’s the seeming assumption that the religious are, by definition, stupid that I see in your statement.
 
Written By: Joe
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It is no more accurate than most war movies. It’s "Indiana Jones and the Book of Codes". It’s entertainment. It is not a threat to mother church and said church should quit acting like it is ... unless it wants to boost the movie’s take
I disagree....muslims have successfully shown they can get preferential treatment by acting out. Why should the church accept any less? I’d encourage them to go further in fact. We’ll see a seismic shift in attitudes when that happens...
 
Written By: shark
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That’s one of ur differences, I guess. I don’t see it as humnourless or pedantic or proof of them being simpletons.
So, do you disagree with what I wrote? Do you disagree that "Others have the right to think protesting Catholics are pedantic, humorlous simpletons." Is it your position that others do not have the right to view them that way?

Understand, all I’ve said is that I believe there has been an overreaction on the part of the Catholics, but that they have a right to it. Others have a right to think ill of them for it.

You’re reading into my comment far more than I wrote into it.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
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Got Pepto, McQ?
Prepare to be nauseous.

It’s a movie. It’s entertainment. It isn’t to be taken seriously…
I couldn’t agree more. (ooh, that hurts.) ;)
Hey, Pogue, I don’t need the pepto ’cause I’m not the one doing the agreeing. ;)
 
Written By: McQ
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DA,

I will go see the movie, and I think its history is a crock. Strike that, I know that the movie is based on a hugely successful academic fraud. The book may be fiction, but the researchers and Dan Brown himself believe the fraud (or claim to ) and that is a shame. So merely pointing out that the book is fiction, since the underlying fraud is not claimed to be fiction (and the books it is based on are not sold in the fiction section) does not address the issue Catholic’s have about the film. In fact your comment is completely beside the point. Thousands, no, millions of people have now read the underlying research and actually believe it. The fiction isn’t the issue, the fraud is the issue. The fiction just popularized the fraud further.

Nevertheless, I am going to watch it as a thriller, I enjoyed the poorly written, but entertaining book. It is a shame however that the story is being cast by Brown and the various purveyors of the fraud as being based on fact. I completely understand the Church’s reaction, and Joe’s. Especially since I would never watch a movie based on the Protocol’s and I know that is a double standard. Having been raised a Catholic I guess I am less bothered by it than a similar attack on anothers faith. I doubt that makes sense, but there it is.
 
Written By: Lance
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Let’s see.....
Copernicus......
Brown.....

Oh yeah, these guys are certainly in the same league.

Anyone wanna watch "Dogma"?
 
Written By: looker
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Lance,

I wouldn’t be too sure about what Brown does or does not believe. As for the credulousness of millions of readers, well, the same could be said about I, Rigoberto Menchu, the films of Michael Moore or anything Bill Clinton ever swore was true. Ho hum. Similarly, I wouldn’t put much stock in which section Barnes & Noble decided to display the book (c.f., “My Life” by William Jefferson Clinton).

Sure, some people who are predisposed to be critical of the Roman Catholic Church or Christianity or organized religions generally will have their prejudices fed by, as you put it, this fraud, but so what? Do you think the formerly faithful are going to run screaming from the pews? If anything, all this silliness is, as others have noted, an opportunity for the devout (not to mention the even marginally well read) to discuss matters that wouldn’t ordinarily be on the average person’s event horizon. (“Gee, you mean ‘de Vinci’ wasn’t Leonardo’s last name and ‘Christ’ wasn’t Jesus’ last name, either?”) Hell, for my money Rome should make The De Vinci Code required reading. (Think of it as a Lenten act of contrition for those with some taste in literature.) After all, the truth of orthodoxy cannot be more important than the heresy it denies.
 
Written By: D.A. Ridgely
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First time poster, long-time reader. Let me say first that as a rule, I agree with McQ, Dale, and Jon on most issues and have greatly enjoyed reading their blog. Secondly, although it may cause a sudden wave of nausea to many readers, allow me to admit that I do also agree sometimes with PogueMahone though not with most of the other leftists who sometimes post here (MK, cindyb, etc.).

Now onto the topic. Joe, I couldn’t agree more with you, however I do have one bone to pick with your post. You indicated that Hollywood has no problems trashing Christians, but that they would not trash Muslims because of the unspoken threat to them from most Muslims. Allow me to point out that the reactions to the Danish cartoons thing was mostly smoke without fire. It was made into a bigger deal than it had to be by media, fanatics (those you guys call Wahabis [they are more accurately called Salafis]), and the usual assortment of talking heads. As for me, I found them offensive, but I certainly wasn’t going to do more than write a letter to an editor (which is all most Muslims did anyway).

Joe, I think Hollywood enjoys trashing Christians, and, to a lesser extent, Jews, because it is so easy. You guys almost never fight back. I hope that your efforts against DaVinci are more successful than your past ones and I would like to point out that most Muslims support you on this one.

http://www.antara.co.id/en/seenws/?id=12713

We have more common ground than differences and our real conflict isn’t with each other. It’s with the anti-religionists. Before someone flames this statement, let me point out that I am specifically indicting those who attack religion, not those who simply call themselves atheists or secularists and just want to avoid religion period.

 
Written By: ThePoetOmar
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"The DaVinci Code is an attack on Christ. Of that much, nothing more can be said."

How so exactly? If Jesus did indeed marry and bear children, does that make his message any less inspiring?


 
Written By: davebo
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"The book may be fiction, but the researchers and Dan Brown himself believe the fraud (or claim to ) and that is a shame."

Or incredibly clever marketing. I’d say Brown had 50 million reasons to hawk the book as "fiction but really true".
 
Written By: davebo
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Anthony Quinn? The actor? Didn’t he die some time back?

Now he’s writing reviews? Now that is what I call "making a comeback"!

 
Written By: Alexander Alt
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Uh Dave, because as I understand it, the DVC also denies Christ’s Divinity... MLK was an inspiring fellow as was Martin Luther, but THEY WEREN’T THE SON OF GOD. It reduces the appeal of the message! My priest’s quite a nice fellow too, but if all he is is a fellow like me, well then i can choose to accept or ignore his message. I’m sure Jon is quite a nice guy when he’s not blogging here, but it realy doesn’t cause much concern that I don’t believe nor follow his advice on the the world around me. It changes when Jon is the Son of God. The DVC attacks that fundamental reason for being Christian. If all he is is some nice fellow well "Ho-hum, I’m not up for loving my neighbor as myself today." As a commandment from God it carries quite a bit more "punch." Crhistianity isn’t some well-meaning self-help program, it is the REVEAL ED TRUTH OF THE GOD. Now you may not accept that, OK, not my point, but I think it is obvious the difference between the 10 Suggestions and 10 Commandments from God, or the fundamental commandments from Christ, "Love your God with all your heart, mind and soul. Love others as you love yourself."
 
Written By: Joe
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Having read Angels and Demons and found it to be third-rate schlock, I never had any interest in reading DVC, let alone seeing the movie. I was similarly underwhelmed by Holy Blood, Holy Grail, which is basically the scholastic equivalent of PEZ — a superficially clever presentation dispensing colorful pellets with little flavor and less nutritional value.

There seem to be two arguments for opposing the movie:

One — Gullible people will be taken in by it. This one doesn’t carry much weight with me as a reason. Not because I think gullible people won’t buy it, doubtless some will. Gullible people will believe six stupid things before breakfast, it’s what they do. Nothing is going to stop them doing so, not railing against it, not sweet reason, nothing.

Two — It’s offensive to the Christian religion (technically, I believe it would be categorized as outright heretical, though not being Christian myself I’m not an expert on such). Can’t argue with that. You can dispute how factual Christ’s divinity might be, but the fact is that’s what Christians believe and DVC propounds a directly contradictory belief. Christians are pretty much obliged to oppose it, though they can do so in a variety of ways, of varying degrees of effectiveness/counterproductiveness. I don’t happen to agree with what they’re saying, but (so long as they eschew violence or threats thereof) I’ll defend to the death their right to say it.
 
Written By: Achillea
URL: http://quantum-sky.net
the most important thing about religion is it heals. i can argue with anyone that religious benefits out weigh the enormous fictious stories that one can sum up to defame it. the task at the authors hands to educate the society about the so called truth of christianity are nothing but gimmicks to make a living. also on the other hand one also has to take a movie as medium of entertainment and gibberish. it is just to appease many who are waiting at an oppurtunity to point fingers.i would appeal to the entire community to restrict themselves from writing such stuff and also to restrict their creativity to bring out the bane of religion, be it any religion. we talk of education and show barbaric traits by not following religious tolerance. so now no more da vinci codes, no satanic verses and certainly no danish cartoons please.
 
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