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New Spin on the Code

John on May 18, 2006 at 8:20 am

Months of hype and hoopla have come down to laughter at the premiere and withering reviews. But before the well deserved collapse of Dan Brown’s dopey phenomenon takes hold, the story is already being revised, and just like in the book, the Christians are the bad guys. Note this line from a Reuters story about the bad reviews:

The novel has enraged religious groups because one of its characters argues that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene…

We’ve just had a major dust up over religious cartoons which led to the shooting of a priest and riots around the world by Muslims. I can’t say for certain, but I don’t remember a Reuters story ever refering to the Muslims as “enraged.” But even if one did, what possible reason could there be for saying that about Christians at this point. Can Reuters identify one case of actual rage? Mike Collett-White who wrote this story for Reuters supports his claim with the following:

In Thailand on Wednesday, a police-run censorship board overturned an earlier decision to cut the last 10 minutes of the film, but insisted the distributor add disclaimers stating it was fiction.

In Ireland, volunteers plan to distribute free copies of a special edition of The Irish Catholic newspaper outside cinemas showing The Da Vinci Code over the weekend.

A Vatican cardinal has called for a boycott of the picture, and the Indian government said it would show the movie to Christian groups before clearing its release. In the mainly Catholic Philippines censors gave it an “adult only” rating.

So the film was un-censored in Thailand, people were handing out tracts in Ireland. Wow, did someone Hulk-out on the sidewalk? As for that Vatican cardinal, I don’t know who he is or what authority he has, but I just saw a Vatican representative being interviewed about the movie for the Today show in the middle of St. Peter’s square. No mention of a boycott and he didn’t look enraged to me. Finally it sounds like there’s some overt censorship going on in the Phillipines. Maybe there was some rage behind that, but if so it’s noteable for being the only evidence of such in this story.

Meanwhile, now that the movie is looking like a bust the St. Louis Post Dispatch is already inviting readers to weigh in on the over-reaction of Christians. An appropriate crowd of atheist nitwits is chiming in with their usual subtlety and grace.

So, let’s just review where we are. Dan Brown wrote a book calling the Catholic church grand conspiracy of liars and murderers. The book has sold 40-50 million copies in 40 languages. It was made into a $125 million dollar film with the biggest star in Hollywood. The film is opening this week in tens of thousands of theaters worldwide. And, suddenly, the new story angle is that Christians are a) irrationaly enraged and b) over-reacting.

Could it be that all the culture warriors in the press and elsewhere who were hoping the film would draw blood are suddenly embarrased because the movie stinks?

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