Take A Deep Breath, The Da Vinci Code Is Fiction

The book “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown is a very interesting book. It has more twists than a Snyder’s pretzel and it is very suspenseful. I enjoyed reading the book and though there are people who oppose it, I have enough sense to realize that it is fiction. Now the movie is coming out and the Catholic Church is up in arms. They too, would do well to remember that the book and the movie are fiction. Besides, the book does not make fun of the Catholics, it loosely uses items of the Catholic faith to tell a story. There are those who are upset by the way certain people of the cloth are portrayed but given the problems the Catholic Church has had with priests and sexual scandals, this should come as a welcomed relief.

Several months ago I talked about the Muslims who were rioting and killing because Mohammad had been drawn and published which is some sort of violation of their religious beliefs. At the time, and I still contend, the rules of Islam do not apply to those who do not follow that religion. If they want to publish the pictures they should be free to do so without worrying about getting killed. The same holds true for “The Da Vinci Code”. The Catholic Church is discussing legal action and asking its followers to boycott the film. What are they afraid of? You would almost think, by the way they are acting, that the story is true!

The church needs to calm down and take a deep breath. They are now being as intolerant as those they deride. They are acting much like the Muslims did, albeit without the violence, when they got upset about the Prophet’s pictures. Authors and movie makers are not bound by any code to refrain from writing about any religion they want. Dan Brown and the maker of the film have every right to produce what they want.

I am not offended by the book and I might actually see the movie (the book was good). I urge anyone interested in suspenseful thrillers to read the book and maybe even see the movie. I am sure that most of you out there are bright enough to recognize fiction when you see it. Perhaps the Catholic Church would do well to practice what it expects of others; have faith.

Source: Reuters

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One Response to “Take A Deep Breath, The Da Vinci Code Is Fiction”

  1. N. Mallory says:

    O.K. First of all, I’m with you, I think the Catholic Church is making way too much of a big deal about this. I’m always one to think if they don’t have anything to hide, they they wouldn’t be making a big deal about it. IE, if it’s not true, then why the fuss?

    Second, if you’ve been following my “crisis” of faith this year, you’d know that I don’t believe that the New Testement is actually the “true word of God”. I believe that it was put together by Roman politicians and priests who wanted to shape the Roman Catholic Church into how they saw humanity.

    I actually do believe that Mary Magdalene and Jesus were married and had children. I just makes sense if Jesus was a 30-something good Jewish boy that he would have been married by then. There are documents dating from that time which do suggest that, which the Roman Church tried to destroy. So, I do kind of buy into the thought that the Church doesn’t want that getting out, but I don’t know that I buy into the Priory de Sion and all of that, though it’s one of the things I occassionally research as a conspiracy theorist. Though, it explains certain things about the Templars and the strange life of Bérenger Saunier.

    Just some thoughts. I think the Church would just do itself a favor if it kept quiet and let the thing blow over.