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DaVinci Code Movie Uproar already ramping up

This from the Wall Street Journal on Friday:

Hollywood Report: Da Vinci Damage Control --- How Sony Hopes to Deflect Book's Religious Critics; Calling In the Scholars
By John Lippman
1,114 words
17 March 2006
The Wall Street Journal
(Copyright (c) 2006, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.)

WITH TWO MONTHS to go before releasing its movie adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code," Sony Pictures is ramping up a public-relations campaign to try to avert backlash from religious groups.

The plot of the blockbuster novel -- for anyone not among the 40 million people who have bought copies -- revolves around an explosive theory about the origins of Christianity. The contention is that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and fathered a child with her, and that the Roman Catholic Church conspired to cover it all up. When the book first appeared in 2003, it angered some Christians, especially Catholics, who condemned it as heretical.

Opus Dei, a 77-year-old Catholic lay organization with 86,000 members, is depicted in the novel as complicit in the alleged coverup. An Opus Dei spokesman says the book "presents a false and inaccurate" image of Opus Dei and the church. Christianity Today magazine, co-founded by the Rev. Billy Graham, said the novel contains "misguided theories" and called it "pseudohistorical."

Okay. So precisely what part of the word fiction do these numbskills not understand? A couple of years ago the entire country was caught up in a fun and thrilling pseudohistorical movie called "National Treasure." I don't remember anyone being hung for treason over it. But the religious "right" (as in I'm right and the rest of the world is wrong) has come out with both barrels blasting at the heresy of the DaVinci Code. Geez, you'd think someone had cartooned Jesus/Moses/Mohammed with a toupee!

Listen up Christians, Jews, Moslems, Pagans, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists: You are not above ridicule. You don't want to be hated, don't act hatefully. You want respect, show some. And for whatever-deity-you-believe-in's sake, get your head out of your ass and lighten up. It's fiction.

(Where were you when L. Ron Hubbard became a saint and his SciFi became a religion?)


OY. I saw an article not too long ago claiming Dan Brown stole ideas for DaVinci Code from another book. It's like, c'mon the whole Jesus & Mary M. thing is not a new idea. Jeez!

This is going to get nuts.
No kidding. I can't say that there's that much evidence that DB stole the idea. Anybody can come up with the idea or even hear an idea and then go out and write about it. He certainly didn't steal the plot since it is the exact same plot as Angels and Demons or Digital Fortress. He found a good formula and it's paying.

On the other hand, I don't have that much sympathy for DB. He made $72 million on the book which means my salary by comparison was an accounting error write-off. When you make it big you end up being a big target. So, I hope he's got his research ducks in a row, but how big a deal would it really be if he made $36 million instead of $72 million? I'd be so disappointed.:p
Yeah, there's a reason nobody bothers making biting satirical films about the Quakers and the Unitarians. There are some mildly amusing light bulb jokes, but it would just be silly to go for anything louder.
Yes. My first time at the Unitarian Church the preacher pulled me aside and said confidentially: "You know what they say about Unitarian Universallism? It is the half way point on the slippery slope from Methodism to Golf." I left the United Methodist Church the next day.
Okay, so is Paganism above or below golf on this slippery slope? I'm not sure whether I should invest in a set of clubs, or prepare my coven for an influx of golfers.