Fundy reactions to The Da Vinci Code

The best review by far comes from movieguide.com, “a ministry dedicated to redeeming the values of the mass media according to biblical principles, by influencing entertainment industry executives and helping families make wise media choices.”

Very strong mixed, pagan worldview with strong references to paganism itself (including references to “male/female principles” of paganism, nature worship of paganism, the “sacred feminine,” and references to and distortions of spurious pagan Gnostic texts about Jesus Christ and His followers, but without all the goddess worship and pagan communion with God through sex mentioned in the book), plus very strong false revisionist history that has no or very little evidence in reality including completely false references to alleged bloodline from the alleged marriage of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ (none of which has any historical evidence whatsoever), where movie says that, in this supposed scenario, a pregnant Mary Magdalene left Jerusalem sometime shortly after Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross and traveled to France where the bloodline continues in secret today, strong Anti-Christian and Anti Roman Catholic content (which is watered down and sometimes even disputed when compared to the book), some positive references to Jesus Christ, prayer and God with moral elements (including hero says “Godspeed” to heroine at an important point, which is totally unlike the relentlessly pagan, anti-theistic and Anti-Christian attitude of the hero in the book and the book author, Dan Brown’s, attitude and voice in the book), and, unlike the book, the hero is not extremely Anti-Christian and actually throws skeptical, somewhat pro-Christian retorts to pagan professor who spouts much (but not all) of the anti-Christian and revisionist pagan attacks on Christianity, the Bible and the Gospel of Jesus Christ from the book, but this is couched in a humanist, false religious context that includes woman expresses humanist beliefs at one point that she does not believe in God and man expresses humanist agnostic beliefs about the truth and divinity of Jesus Christ at the movie’s end (although he recounts an incident of prayer to Jesus Christ wherein Jesus may have saved his life) and says it does not matter whether Jesus Christ was human or divine but that people should decide for themselves one way or another what they believe, but he also tells alleged descendent of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ that she can “destroy faith or renew it” and tells her, “The only thing that matters is what you believe,” plus some false religion includes the aforementioned statement that it does not matter ultimately whether Jesus is divine or not and Christian monk doing bidding of secret cabal says things like “Christ give me strength” as he threatens and murder people he considers evil or people in the way of his goals, plus left-wing political correctness as pagan villain (who also appears as something of a madman at the end) talks about people he believes were oppressed by the Christian Church (especially the Roman Catholic Church), including “people of another color” and women, but this pagan villain is pictured in the movie (but not in the book) as part of the problem in the war between members of a secret cabal of powerful men in of the Roman Catholic Church and a group of vague pagans who oppose basic traditional Christian doctrine; six obscenities, one strong profanity and four light profanities, plus man says, “My God, forgive me”; strong violence includes man shot deliberately in stomach, images of naked corpse where man drew a pentagram on his chest from his blood before he died, monk tightens spiked chain around his upper thigh as a penance, monk flagellates his back with sharp whip that draws blood, some bloody images of self-flagellation, shootout with police where police go down and villain is shot to death and a bishop is wounded accidentally, fighting, hostage held with knife at throat, man dies of poison, man saves life of priest being attacked in flashback, evil monk brutally strikes nun and kills her, it is implied in a flashback that boy stabs father to death while father hit boy’s mother, man breaks another man’s neck when man is beating up priest, policeman breaks air traffic controller’s nose and kicks him brutally to get info on alleged killer’s plane, and people hold people at gunpoint; briefly depicted fornication in one scene during some kind of weird unexplained ritual that is actually explained as an act of pagan goddess worship in the original book and prostitutes along Champs de Elysses lean into open car windows of prospective clients; rear and upper male nudity, and woman’s bare back shown during sex scene; no alcohol; no smoking or drug use but woman buys heroin needle from junkie before he uses it and destroys it; and, lying, betrayal, deceit, conspiracies, man bows down at possible alleged, hidden grave of Mary Magdalene where above the grave are male/female pagan symbols of inverted pyramid and regular pyramid, but it’s hard to say whether man actually worships at the feet of Mary Magdalene whereas in the book he’s actually worshipping at the feet of a kind of goddess symbol of the “sacred feminine,” and man says, “History shows Jesus was an extraordinary man. Why couldn’t Jesus have been divine and still have been a father?”

Yes, that is all one sentence, with the exception of the question at the end. Clocking in at 828 words, I think the reviewer may have set a record for run on sentences. Then again, I suppose fair is fair. He’s offended by the movie; I’m offended by bad grammar.

THE DA VINCI CODE book by Dan Brown is a hateful piece of false propaganda that slanders Jesus Christ, His apostles, Mary Magdalene, Christians, the Roman Catholic Church, and the God of the Bible. It contains numerous factual errors that can seriously damage people’s knowledge and understanding of history, the Bible, Christianity, monotheism, and truth. The book also attacks Jews and eliminates the Jewish identity of Jesus Christ, His apostles and Mary Magdalene, to the point of being Anti-Semitic.

THE DA VINCI CODE movie makes some significant changes to Dan Brown’s story about a frantic search for the grave of Mary Magdalene, who is purported to have been the secret wife of Jesus Christ and mother of a royal line of descendents related to their one and only child. Although the movie waters down the novel’s unrelenting, anti-Christian attacks and pagan sexuality, it contains enough falsehoods and scurrilous conjecture to seriously distort the truth about Jesus Christ, the Bible, Christianity, and God. Please don’t read or see THE DA VINCI CODE.

It is completely remarkable to me how little faith some of these fundamentalists have, that they can feel so threatened by an alternate portrayal of Jesus Christ. Minimally, it shows how tenuous they feel their grasp over their congregations are, that they need to stop them from seeing it for fear that it will “seriously distort the truth about Jesus Christ”. The mindset that drives this is so completely alien to me that I can barely fathom it.

Nor is this limited strictly to American fundamentalist idiots; the Vatican is jumping onto this whole “boycott” bandwagon as well:

In the latest Vatican broadside against “The Da Vinci Code”, a leading cardinal says Christians should respond to the book and film with legal action because both offend Christ and the Church he founded.

Arinze’s appeal came some 10 days after another Vatican cardinal called for a boycott of the film. Both cardinals asserted that other religions would never stand for offences against their beliefs and that Christians should get tough.

“Sometimes it is our duty to do something practical. So it is not I who will tell all Christians what to do but some know legal means which can be taken in order to get the other person to respect the rights of others,” Arinze said.

“This is one of the fundamental human rights: that we should be respected, our religious beliefs respected, and our founder Jesus Christ respected,” he said, without elaborating on what legal means he had in mind.

By the way, the movie pulled in $77 million opening weekend. The grand irony here is that these religious nuts are just legitimizing the content of the movie by acting like it really threatens them, and helping to drive up box office sales by giving it the attention and controversy. They have to be stupid not to realize that, but they do it anyway.

With regards to this guy in particular, he has a really strange view of what constitutes “fundamental human rights”, especially given the Catholic Church’s track record in this area. As has been noted elsewhere; the right he’s asserting is the same one Muslim rioters were claiming when they burned a Danish embassy over some Muhammad cartoons a few months back. In either case, the right to censor others isn’t a human right; it’s just fascism, plain and simple.

To be fair, the reaction is more mixed than this: some religious groups are either ignoring it or using it as a jumping off point for legitimate discussion. So they don’t all deserve to be painted with the same brush. When it comes to idiots like those quoted above though, I’m just laughing. The absurdity of what they’re doing is more entertaining than the movie itself.

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