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Official wants Da Vinci movie banned (describes religious thriller as blasphemous)
Yahoo News ^ | 5/10/06

Posted on 05/10/2006 7:13:23 PM PDT by Libloather

Official wants Da Vinci movie banned
Wed May 10, 8:51 AM ET

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine government should ban the controversial movie "The Da Vinci Code," a senior official in the mainly Catholic country said Wednesday, describing the religious thriller as blasphemous.

The film, based on the best-selling fiction novel of the same title, is due to open in Manila's cinemas next week.

"I think we should do everything not to allow it to be shown," said Eduardo Ermita, executive secretary to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, expressing his personal opinion as a "devout Catholic."

He told journalists the state's censors should take a closer look at its guidelines before giving the green light to the film whose central premise is that Jesus Christ sired a child by Mary Magdalene.

More than 80 percent of the Philippines' 85 million population are Roman Catholic. Along with Malta, the Philippines is one of only two countries in the world without a divorce law and frowns on the promotion of artificial contraception.

"In the name of many like you who love and revere the Son of God made Man, I strongly appeal to you that the showing of the film 'Da Vinci Code' be banned throughout our land," said a Roman Catholic archbishop in a letter to the chief censor this week.

Ramon Arguelles of the archdiocese of Lipa, south of Manila, said the movie was an affront to Christianity, reminding the censors that the government had imposed a ban on another movie, "The Last Temptation of Christ" in the 1980s.

Ermita said Arroyo, also a devout Roman Catholic, has not made any statement on the issue. She is due to return from a four-day state visit to Saudi Arabia Thursday.

"It's something that we should not be talking about," he said, referring to the movie's storyline. "We might get struck by lightning."


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: banned; blasphemous; davinci; davincicode; describing; itsfiction; movie; official; philippines; religious; thriller; wants
I'll wait for the sequel - Da Vinci does Islam...
1 posted on 05/10/2006 7:13:29 PM PDT by Libloather
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What an idiot. Does he not understand the concept of FICTION?


2 posted on 05/10/2006 7:14:43 PM PDT by oolatec
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To: Libloather
Great! It took just a single post this time to reveal to us dumbies the deep mysteryknown to only a lucky few: "It's FICTION, people!"

We're now anxiously awaiting the post that will reveal us another deeply held secret, that the only reason for the popularity of this piece of crap are the protests of the Catholic Church!

3 posted on 05/10/2006 7:18:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: oolatec

A bigger problem is that a lot of people who call themselves Christian, do not understand the concept of Fiction. Brown himself plays to this and manipulates it.


4 posted on 05/10/2006 7:20:36 PM PDT by rmichaelj
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To: Libloather

I have never seen Catholics so freaked in my life. The molestation charges didn't get this reaction, although it was fairly close.

I'd like to see some polls where Catholics will leave the church if they see this movie.

This is stupidty beyond belief.


5 posted on 05/10/2006 7:21:02 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: oolatec
What an idiot. Does he not understand the concept of FICTION?

Don't think for a second that I support this guy, but I would point out that Brown basically says that the facts are all true, and unfortunetly millions and millions of morons believe him.

6 posted on 05/10/2006 7:21:48 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Libloather

These people take crap too seriously.
First we attacked Islam because they couldn't handle criticism, now are we suppose to attack Catholicism?
I'm ready to criticize if I must.


7 posted on 05/10/2006 7:22:10 PM PDT by Vaak
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To: Pyro7480
Pyro7480 on another, related thread: Wow, we've gone 13 posts without someone saying "It's just fiction!"

PING! This thread oughta make your day!

8 posted on 05/10/2006 7:24:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Libloather; Salvation

Too many are overreacting to this movie. Calling for a ban is absurd. By David Brown's own admission, this is a work of fiction.

I will not watch the movie in part because it attacks the Catholic Church. While I'm not Catholic, I regard the Church as a force for good and have great respect for its devout followers. But placing a ban on a film denies the individual to make his or her own choice.

The only legitimate way to undermine this movie is to refuse to pay money to see it.


9 posted on 05/10/2006 7:25:15 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Libloather
"It's something that we should not be talking about," he said, referring to the movie's storyline. "We might get struck by lightning."

How did the crazy old guy from Friday the 13th ("You're all doomed!") get appointed as the Philippine president's executive secretary?

10 posted on 05/10/2006 7:26:43 PM PDT by Freedom_no_exceptions (No actual, intended, or imminent victim = no crime. No exceptions.)
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To: Libloather

He should have waited till next week, that would have been just in time for opening weekend. It'll probably still help a little though. You cant buy advertising like this.


11 posted on 05/10/2006 7:26:45 PM PDT by OmegaMan
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To: rmichaelj

The way the supposed documents upon which he trusts so deeply for the 'Grail truth in his novel' were planted in the French archives is a major bummer for Brown, but mwdiawhoredom won't make much of that fact.


12 posted on 05/10/2006 7:29:53 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Revolting cat!

(Shakes head) A lot of people have drunk the Kool-Aid


13 posted on 05/10/2006 7:31:03 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Libloather

That's over the top. It's fiction. Angels and Demons on the other hand is not seen as anti-Catholic.


14 posted on 05/10/2006 7:31:30 PM PDT by Ptarmigan (Ptarmigans will rise again!)
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To: Libloather

Well, that oughta bring 'em in, or I don't know Arkansas.


15 posted on 05/10/2006 7:32:04 PM PDT by D.P.Roberts
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To: Ptarmigan
Angels and Demons on the other hand is not seen as anti-Catholic.

Oh believe me, it is, but a movie isn't being made about it...yet.

16 posted on 05/10/2006 7:32:42 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Libloather
central premise is that Jesus Christ sired a child by Mary Magdalene.

The local radio talk-show host has been taking calls asking why Catholics are so offended by this book.

I got about half-way through before it bogged down and got boring but it seems to me that Catholics would not be the only ones who would have reason to take offense. An overbearing theme in this book seems to be the whole "goddess" concept which would hit a discerning Protestant with just as bad taste in the mouth.

17 posted on 05/10/2006 7:33:23 PM PDT by maxwell (Well I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation...)
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To: Dog Gone
I have never seen Catholics so freaked

Well, there was that Crusades thing. Then the Spanish Inquisition. Then "The Exorcist""

I'm not Catholic, so I guess I just don't understand.

18 posted on 05/10/2006 7:39:28 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Normal American)
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To: Libloather
Unfortunately, bad books tend to make good movies (see the pulp lit of the '30s and '40s), so it's hopeless to fight this one, especially since it's a thriller with stars playing (as usual) themselves, and, according to the propaganda, the book sold 40 million copies worldwide (40 million or less, the author is crying all the way to the Swiss bank.) But the education campaign must continue.

If only the book were better literature, like Umberto Eco's novels. It's always a shame when kitsch succeeds to such a degree.

19 posted on 05/10/2006 7:40:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: elkfersupper

But to be fair, I didn't see two out of the three you listed.


20 posted on 05/10/2006 7:41:38 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: oolatec
This is a blasphemous book and movie.
21 posted on 05/10/2006 7:46:27 PM PDT by Paige ("Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." --George Washington)
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To: Paige

Have you actually 'read' the book; or is your statement based upon things you have 'heard'?


22 posted on 05/10/2006 7:50:48 PM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, come Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Libloather; Salvation
By David Brown's own admission, this is a work of fiction.

By now I feel it is my duty to point out the movie "The Body" which was much more sacrilegious than the much tamer "Davinci Code" could ever be.

Where was the Church on that one? I mean, it starred Bandaras for goodness' sake!

23 posted on 05/10/2006 7:55:23 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Any guest worker program that does not require application from the home country is Amnesty)
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To: Libloather

Better yet, a cartoon Da Vinci does Islam.


24 posted on 05/10/2006 7:55:55 PM PDT by Screamname (By God, pray for me, someone help me please! Hillary is my Senator! HELP MEEE!)
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To: Hodar
Well, the book does state that Christ was a mere mortal and that the reason his progeny was kept hidden was to prevent this from becoming known, and thus breaking the Church's power. And the book also for some reason treats Mary Magdalene as a goddess even though it states that she too was mortal. It is blasphemous to Christianity and is also somewhat nonsensical. But it's also entertaining.

I guess I don't get why people are so worked up over this. You'd think that the devout would be happy if some are led "astray"--that way Heaven won't be so overcrowded for them.
25 posted on 05/10/2006 8:01:43 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (History is a work in progress)
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To: Libloather
"Ramon Arguelles of the archdiocese of Lipa, south of Manila, said the movie was an affront to Christianity.."

Of course it is, so what else is new?

It would seem like the Lord is using things like this book and movie to filter the real believers out of the population. Those that know their Bible won't take this story seriously for an instant.

It could be that this, along with several other manifestations in the world, portend some exciting times ahead.

26 posted on 05/10/2006 8:02:05 PM PDT by nightdriver
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To: Libloather
I read the book and ... wow ... I'm still a Catholic!!!

It's a fictional book, nothing more.

27 posted on 05/10/2006 8:21:05 PM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires.)
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To: Libloather
Da Vinci does Islam...

Followed by the final chapter ... "Islam does Dan Brown".

28 posted on 05/10/2006 8:24:19 PM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires.)
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To: Cyclopean Squid
You'd think that the devout would be happy if some are led "astray"--that way Heaven won't be so overcrowded for them.

You pagan liberals and your overpopulation myths ....

29 posted on 05/10/2006 8:26:49 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (Happy New Year! Breed like dogs!)
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To: oolatec
What an idiot. Does he not understand the concept of FICTION?

Sure the story is fiction, but the background of the story is being presented as fact. Yeah, Jesus married Mary and had kids and the Catholic church covered it up. That part is being presented as well researched fact, and many Christian bashers are eating it up. Just old gnostic text crap that liberals have been floating around campuses for decades, but ignorant people are easily fooled.

30 posted on 05/10/2006 9:04:36 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: Dog Gone
I have never seen Catholics so freaked in my life. The molestation charges didn't get this reaction, although it was fairly close.

I'd imagine a Dan Brown version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion would get a substantial rise out of folks, too. People don't enjoy seeing their core values attacked and will mount a spirited defense of the same.

For a secular example, find a thread that questions any action taken or decision made by President Bush and note the responses.

31 posted on 05/10/2006 9:26:51 PM PDT by Denver Ditdat ("Deus Vult" is the answer to "Allahu Akbar")
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To: Libloather

Good for Eduardo Ermita! I think its great he's suggesting his government take a stand for Christians here. We all remember a film 15 years ago by Scorcese that portrayed the same lie about Christ and Mary Magdelane. Fiction = Lies.


32 posted on 05/10/2006 9:36:30 PM PDT by rjp2005
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To: Libloather

BTTT!


33 posted on 05/10/2006 10:32:25 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: oolatec

haha.. it doesn't take long for 'ITS FICTION' drone lame reply to appear isn't it?

Its not suprising that filippinos being a Catholic country are against this anti-catholic and anti christian movie.


34 posted on 05/11/2006 12:59:17 AM PDT by GregH
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To: Hodar
I've tried to read this book (I can't continue with it) and I have watched the history channel along with other reviews on this....to say Jesus was having an affair or even married along with having a son....goes against everything in God's word. As Christians we are to believe Jesus was the sinless son of Almighty God and if not the very basis for Christianity has been destroyed. This is the whole point of this blasphemous book.
When are people going to understand there is a major attack against Christianity and what a more subtle way than to make people question the story of Christ Jesus?
35 posted on 05/11/2006 6:01:37 AM PDT by Paige ("Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." --George Washington)
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To: Paige
Its fiction. To be honest, I believe that the Bible is mostly fiction too, and the Koran...

If the Chuch is afraid that a book or a movie is going to shake their faith than maybe their faith isn't that strong to begin with.

36 posted on 05/11/2006 2:34:16 PM PDT by conserv13
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To: Paige
As Christians we are to believe Jesus was the sinless son of Almighty God and if not the very basis for Christianity has been destroyed.

And being married is a sin? Going forth and 'multiply' is blasphemy? Jesus was called 'Rabbi', and at that point in time one of the requirements of being a Rabbi was to be married.

Whether or not Christ was married, does not affect his message, his purpose or his significane. Hypothetically, if we found his DNA, and could prove he had offspring, would that invalidate his message? I would say that his message is what matters.

37 posted on 05/11/2006 3:57:38 PM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, come Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: RusIvan; Romanov; Freelance Warrior

38 posted on 05/12/2006 1:32:26 PM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: oolatec

This is really bordering on absurd. Don't they realize that the more they squawk, the more they are bringing attention to this stupid movie?


39 posted on 05/12/2006 1:33:50 PM PDT by SAMS (Nobody loves a soldier until the enemy is at the gate; Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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To: lizol

LOL - sinister!


40 posted on 05/12/2006 1:53:54 PM PDT by Romanov
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To: Hodar

You really need to read the Bible and to pray for understanding.


41 posted on 05/12/2006 4:45:15 PM PDT by Paige ("Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." --George Washington)
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To: Hodar
Careful, it's very likely you're talking sense to someone who believes that every word in the Bible is the literal word of God and that not one iota, jot, or tittle has ever been changed by anyone at any time in over 2,000 years.

I still have this question that noone has been able to answer, at least not to my satisfaction. Here it is.

Why are there only 4 Gospels in the Bible when there were 12 Apostles?

You let me know if you run into anyone who can answer that question.

L

42 posted on 05/12/2006 4:53:28 PM PDT by Lurker (Anyone who doesn't demand an immediate end to illegal immigration is aiding the flesh trade.)
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