Cracking the Code Nobody Should Care About

Around spring of this year was the screening of one of the most controversial films ever produced based on the novel of the same title: The Da Vinci Code. And in no less than three occasions, I received an e-mail quoting a certain Ted Baehr about a petition to the general public not to patronize both the book and the film (No, I did not forget to link Ted Baehr’s web site or his stupid petition; google it yourself).

I thought it was an elaborate joke the first time I received such an e-mail, but as soon as I realized that the people who have been forwarding the e-mail were dead serious about it, I responded to all of them along the lines of:

I don’t think the book should be banned because of inaccurate references to the Church. it’s FICTION, after all. Dan Brown never claimed that the facts presented in his book are 100% accurate. He was trying to tell a story, so he need to twist some of those facts to serve his purpose. Anyone who thinks that the book is accurate to the letter and has some diabolical scheme to subliminally poison the minds of your average, plain-vanilla Christian is just…um…silly. Can you imagine a normal John Doe posing an argument along the lines of “The Bible is WRONG…According to ‘Da Vinci Code’ on page…blah blah blah”? I won’t quote anything from that book, and I’m not even normal!

Again, the book is found under FICTION section of your Barnes and Noble. let’s loosen up a little here, guys.

With all that being said, the book should be banned because of the derivative plot, one-dimensional characters, and the tasteless milking of controversies surrounding the Catholic Church; the movie should be banned because of Tom Hank’s hairdo…that’s one scary sight.

By the way, if you’re one of these people who forwarded this kind of e-mail spam, feel free to drop me a line so I can send you a set of comprehensive instructions on stabbing one’s eye with a Mongol #2 pencil. I mean, don’t you even realize that it would be insulting to the person you’re sending it to? If you think that one’s Christian faith would be put to the test by a reading a crappy fiction novel (and/or watching its movie adaptation) then you should start taking your meds again, amigo.


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