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Why Should We Stop THE DA VINCI CODE?
MovieguideŽ ^ | May 19, 2006 | Dr. Ted Baehr

Posted on 05/19/2006 9:53:45 AM PDT by Simi Valley Tom

War on Christianity has been declared. On which side of the battle line will you stand?

The movie version of Dan Brown's book, THE DA VINCI CODE, is now in theaters. Although the movie significantly waters down the unrelenting, anti-Christian attacks and virulent paganism and goddess worship of the novel, it promotes the book and contains enough falsehoods and scurrilous conjecture to distort the truth about Jesus Christ, the Bible, Christianity, and God. That, coupled with the book’s popularity and some Christians’ ignorance about their faith, leads us to believe that the movie, and the attention it draws, will increase people’s hatred and prejudice against Christians and Christianity.

If this sounds like an overreaction, consider this:

* THE DA VINCI CODE presents blasphemous fiction as fact in a deceptive fashion

* THE DA VINCI CODE book denies the divinity of Jesus Christ, claiming He was no more than a mortal prophet, and the movie says it doesn't matter whether Jesus was divine or not

* THE DA VINCI CODE alleges Jesus married Mary Magdalene with whom He had a child

* THE DA VINCI CODE falsely claims the Christian church has historically hidden these “facts” through deception, murder and conspiracy

THE DA VINCI CODE novel has already caused great harm. Over 45 million copies of Dan Brown’s book have been sold, and it’s been a staple on worldwide best-seller lists for two years and counting. Brown, however, doesn’t present it as an overt work of fiction. A simple statement in the prologue reads, “All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.”

Many Christians are already theologically malnourished; how will they withstand the assault of distortions, lies and bigotry from THE DA VINCI CODE?

We must combat THE DA VINCI CODE’s attack on Jesus, the Bible and the very integrity of the Christian faith.

On which side of the battle line will you stand?

Note: See the News and Articles sections of www.movieguide.org for more analysis of Dan Brown's book, and see Current Reviews at www.movieguide.org for a review of the movie version.


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1 posted on 05/19/2006 9:53:50 AM PDT by Simi Valley Tom
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To: Simi Valley Tom

What if we came up with a book like this?  How would the media respond, and would they give us a pass on the non-disclaimer.

 

 

THE

CLINTON

CODE

If you thought The DaVinci Code was shocking, you ain't heard nothing yet.  Everything the media taught you about the Clinton's is wrong.  The Clinton Code reveals that Bill did not rape Juanita Broaddrick, did not sexually harass Katherine Willey, and did not have improper relations with Paula Jones, Jennifer Flowers or even Monica Lewinski.  These were all a big cover up for Bill's real passion.....12-year old boys.

The Clinton Code takes you inside the secret society, the Sid Blums, a society dedicated to protecting the dark secrets of socialism and communism.  How the secret blood line of Marx, Lennin, and even Hitler all lead to a little girl named Hillary Rodham.  How the secret rituals of the Sid Blums concerning the shoes of Hillary Rodham lead to the firing of Dick Morris and to Dick's new role in infatuating the other side by giving bad advice and making predictions that never come true.  Also the book reveals the story behind the mysterious death of Vince Foster, and how the Clinton Body Count actually grossly underestimates the carnage left behind by the Clintons.

DISCLAIMER:  This book is not anti-anything. The Clinton Code is a novel and therefore a work of fiction. The artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals depicted in this novel all exist.  This disclaimer takes no stance about the theories discussed in this book.  This book serves only to open up discussion on these important topics.  In fact, I am a supporter of the Clintons.  If you ask what a Clinton supporter is, everyone will give you different answers.  To some to be a Clinton supporter, you must have voted for them.  To others, liking them is all it takes.  I prefer not to rigidly classify this personal concept, so to me being a Clinton supporter simply means to seek the truth out about these SOBs.

2 posted on 05/19/2006 9:55:34 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Simi Valley Tom

At least Dan Brown has publicly stated that 'The DaVinci Code' is a work of fiction. Ron Howard, OTOH, issues no disclaimer to that effect in the movie.


3 posted on 05/19/2006 9:55:44 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Simi Valley Tom
Trying to stop the Da Vinci Code through boycotts will only create publicity and help increase attendance.

Even liberal critics say this movie is a dog. Ignore it and it will die a slow death.
4 posted on 05/19/2006 9:55:55 AM PDT by BW2221
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To: Simi Valley Tom
The more attention paid to this silly movie, the more important the movie becomes. The critics are already laughing at it.

Leave it alone and it will find itself in the bagain bin at the 99 cent store.

5 posted on 05/19/2006 9:56:20 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Simi Valley Tom

The good news is that we have the only weapon that can win a war like this on our side ... GOD.


6 posted on 05/19/2006 9:56:20 AM PDT by exnavy (God bless America)
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To: Simi Valley Tom

I'm not unsympathetic to those who feel threatened or offended by The DaVinci Code.

However, Christianity has withstood much worse than this. Christianity will still be here long after this movie is forgotten.


7 posted on 05/19/2006 9:56:20 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Simi Valley Tom

Maybe if you just ignore it, it will die on its' own.


8 posted on 05/19/2006 9:56:21 AM PDT by Perdogg (Durham - The San Francisco of North Carolina)
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To: Always Right

ROFLMAO!


9 posted on 05/19/2006 9:57:01 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Simi Valley Tom

Gutenberg really started something with that printing press.


10 posted on 05/19/2006 9:57:20 AM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: Simi Valley Tom
NO need to worry...

Anyone who is strong in thier faith/beliefs will not have to worry about what this movie is about.

11 posted on 05/19/2006 9:57:23 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Mr. Franklin, what form of customes did you create in Tiajunna? A beeber, Madam, if you can stune it)
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To: Simi Valley Tom
Churchanity preachin the gospel of movie reviews..
12 posted on 05/19/2006 9:57:49 AM PDT by mnehring (Those who advocate, and act to promote, victory by Democrats are not conservatives!)
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To: Simi Valley Tom
On which side of the battle line will you stand?

Battle? Like most, not on either side. I'm on the side of entertainment.

BTW, many who are screaming loudly on this forum and others were all too quick to laugh at the Mohammed cartoons and even reproduce them in thread after thread.

13 posted on 05/19/2006 9:58:39 AM PDT by MACVSOG68
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To: Simi Valley Tom

Your just givin' 'em free publicity. By most accounts the movie is mediocre (like the book) - ignoring it might be the best solution.


14 posted on 05/19/2006 9:59:11 AM PDT by Little Ray (I'm a reactionary, hirsute, gun-owning, knuckle dragging, Christian Neanderthal and proud of it!)
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To: BW2221
Ignore it and it will die a slow death.

Well, it'd be a FASTER death than it will be with all this publicity.

In general, I agree. The box office take is much greater because of all this noise.

15 posted on 05/19/2006 9:59:19 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Simi Valley Tom
Why stop there. Lets ban "Rosemary's Baby", "Godspell", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Bedazzled", "Die Walpurgsnacht", "The Four Horseman of the Apocaclypse" "Ben Hur", "The Robe" and ... on and on!

I can assure you that God gave us free will. Just who do you think you outrank?

16 posted on 05/19/2006 9:59:49 AM PDT by Young Werther
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To: BW2221
Even liberal critics say this movie is a dog. Ignore it and it will die a slow death.

I think the latest tomatometer rating is 18 - which is REALLY bad. Ignore it and it will die a quick death - be out on DVD in two months. Besides, IT'S FICTION. Something the bible thumpers seem unable to comprehend.

17 posted on 05/19/2006 10:00:29 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government)
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To: Simi Valley Tom
I will never understand why this book/movie bothers so many people. It's fiction and apparently not very good. It's starting to look like the Danish cartoon nonsense.
18 posted on 05/19/2006 10:01:48 AM PDT by chesty_puller (USMC 70-73 3MAF VN 70-71)
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To: Simi Valley Tom

It takes extremely weak faith to be swayed by silliness like this book. No practicing Christian is going to give a hoot about it.

Besides, the movie is failure, so just let the whole thing die on its own.


19 posted on 05/19/2006 10:02:27 AM PDT by blitzgig
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To: Simi Valley Tom

Although what you say is important, the reviews will kill this film. The more counter protests that happen with this film the more buzz will be created and curiosity will take place.The film industry is on egg shells right now, Very few people are going out to see movies. Anything that generates buzz will help the film.

So how do we display our rejection of the film and that any producers that put their money toward this crap will loose their pants? Dont buy the DVD,when your friends talk about it , talk about it in boring terms.

Our money is power, if Christians actually focused their capitol and hired professional people to write,direct, and produce their own production company and produced entertainment ( Gaming, films, tv) Which I feel gaming is the new entertainment, then they will see that films that offend our values have no money in them.

Lets try not to recreate the stupid things some people did to promote the last temptation of Christ.


20 posted on 05/19/2006 10:02:43 AM PDT by Walkingfeather (u)
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To: from occupied ga
Since Christianity places so much emphasis on what one puts in one's mind, there's not much of a distinction made between fiction and non-fiction.
21 posted on 05/19/2006 10:03:16 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Always Right

Ishtar meets Waterworld.


22 posted on 05/19/2006 10:03:41 AM PDT by Excellence (Since November 6, 1998)
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To: Simi Valley Tom

The DaVinci Code stopped itself....universally bad reviews...even from the lefty film critics.


23 posted on 05/19/2006 10:04:05 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Young Werther
Don't forget one of my favorites, Dogma.. if it weren't for the 'boycott' I doubt this would have 1/8th the audience it had. No other Jay and Silent Bob movie every did as well...
24 posted on 05/19/2006 10:04:42 AM PDT by mnehring (Those who advocate, and act to promote, victory by Democrats are not conservatives!)
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To: Simi Valley Tom

Come on people. This is starting to look like the Muslims foaming at the mouth over a cartoon. It's a book and a movie. We still have freedom of speech right? Let's not become like the enemy.


25 posted on 05/19/2006 10:05:18 AM PDT by AConnecticutYankee
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To: Young Werther
"The Four Horseman of the Apocaclypse"

Rudolph Valentino or Glenn Ford?

26 posted on 05/19/2006 10:05:53 AM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Simi Valley Tom; All

If we stop giving this turkey free publicity then this feminazi wet dream would just go away into the DVD bargain bin.

Seriously, ITS A BADLY MADE MOVIE.

Go see some other movie, watch paint drying, this movie is being hyped because the hollyweird leftist view it as "the Passion of the Left"

If everyone wants to do something useful with their 6-10 dollars, donate it to FR.


27 posted on 05/19/2006 10:06:51 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: bassmaner

At the start of the book, Dan Brown pledges, "All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate." That is hardly necessary for a work of fiction.


28 posted on 05/19/2006 10:07:00 AM PDT by AZhardliner
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To: Simi Valley Tom

On the radio this morning, I heard about some anti-"Da Vinci Code" protests that were planned. If people want to do that, fine. It really isn't my cup of tea, and neither are this book or movie. If this is an outrage against Christ, there are greater and more subtle outrages committed against him every minute of every day.

"The DaVinci Code" will pass. Christ and his truth will stand.


29 posted on 05/19/2006 10:08:31 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (A twenty -dollar head of bananas.)
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To: MACVSOG68

Good Point.

After the DaVinci Code we can try to stop South Park, Two and a half Men, Lost, and any other show that might offend our sense of religious superiority.

Here's a better idea, people should take 10 minutes and talk to their children/friends/neighbors about the importance of being able to use rational thought to reach a conclusion not based purely on emotion.

If I were Catholic, I'd be more concerned about the perception that every priest is molesting the altar boys. Oh, and before you flame the crap out of me, take ten seconds to think about which is the bigger problem, the movie or the behaviors of church leaders.

It's amazing how quickly people lose sight of what's really important. Anything from Hollywood ranks really low on my list of "things to get upset about."


30 posted on 05/19/2006 10:09:08 AM PDT by gruffwolf
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To: Perdogg

I think psuedo conservative MEDIA WHORES are jumping on the "boycot" band waggon because they know the left wing media will stick a camera in their face in exchance for "boycott" causing free publicity.


31 posted on 05/19/2006 10:09:33 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Simi Valley Tom
What are Christians afraid of? What's wrong with presenting all theories and letting people make up their own minds? Surely if Christianity is true then it can stand up to comparison. Suppression of information is a sure sign of a desire to silence a competing theory that exposes problems that the dogmatic supporters of Christianity don't want to be known!

End the Conspiracy! Teach the Controversy!

/crevo mode

32 posted on 05/19/2006 10:10:00 AM PDT by Antonello (Oh my God, don't shoot the banana!)
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To: Simi Valley Tom

This movie probably won't fail now because of the Religious Right push against it. No matter how bad and boring it is, all the people who want to flip Jerry Falwell the bird will go see it. Religious protests of a film didn't kill Last Temptation of Christ, Basic Instinct or Dogma so it definitely won't take this one down, which already has a built in audience of several million.


33 posted on 05/19/2006 10:10:28 AM PDT by youthgonewild
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To: AConnecticutYankee
Come on people. This is starting to look like the Muslims foaming at the mouth over a cartoon. It's a book and a movie.

It is a book, but it slanders real people and religious beliefs. Its intention is to have people question Christianity and put Christianity in a bad light. It represents itselve as being based on historical fact, with the exception of the fictious characters and their story. No one is rioting and no one has placed $1 million price tag on the head of the author.

We still have freedom of speech right?

That is what we are excersing. Or is just the author that owns that freedom?

34 posted on 05/19/2006 10:11:19 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Doctor Stochastic
Knute Rockne's Notre Dame Backfield.

Rudy! Rudy!

35 posted on 05/19/2006 10:12:17 AM PDT by Young Werther
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To: Simi Valley Tom

Wouldn't we better off feeding the spirit of the malnourished Christians (as you call it) as opposed to fighting a movie of fiction?

By trying to stop the movie it makes the "weak" Christians think you must be hiding something. Why not just say it's fiction and leave it at that?


36 posted on 05/19/2006 10:12:45 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Always Right

"Relax kid... it's only a movie."

-- Ham Salad, Hardware Wars - 1978


37 posted on 05/19/2006 10:12:51 AM PDT by AmericanRepublican (There are fools on both sides. Only the true Americans will prevail.)
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To: Simi Valley Tom

It's getting horrible reviews.


38 posted on 05/19/2006 10:13:32 AM PDT by YourAdHere (Bradypalooza. Available at Amazon.Com)
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To: Borges
Christianity...

Christianity or obsessive neurotic busy bodies like the a$$hole woman who just tried to get the Harry Potter books banned in Gwinnett county (Atlanta Suburbs)

39 posted on 05/19/2006 10:14:01 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government)
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To: Excellence

IIRC Waterworld eventually made money loonngg after it came out on video.


40 posted on 05/19/2006 10:14:09 AM PDT by Sally Golightly
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To: Antonello
What are Christians afraid of? What's wrong with presenting all theories and letting people make up their own minds?

The 'theories' are not 'theories', they are dispoven slander. This story attacks real people and the religion of millions and millions. Allowing this blasphemous slander to stand without being attacked is wrong.

41 posted on 05/19/2006 10:14:20 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: gruffwolf
Here's a better idea, people should take 10 minutes and talk to their children/friends/neighbors about the importance of being able to use rational thought to reach a conclusion not based purely on emotion.

Absolutely!

42 posted on 05/19/2006 10:15:41 AM PDT by MACVSOG68
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To: Simi Valley Tom
Why Should We Stop THE DA VINCI CODE?

Oh? "We" are going to stop it? Maybe we can burn the books, and all copies of the film. The more hysterics over this movie and book come out, the more ridiculous 'Christians'look. Organized religion is a crutch that not everyone takes up, if you want to avoid the book and movie, and anything else that offends you, fine. Otherwise stay out of my library, video store,TV channels, bedroom, and any place else you feel compelled to try to push your brand of religion on the rest of us. (Not necessarily directed at you Simi Valley Tom, just a genral statement)
43 posted on 05/19/2006 10:16:11 AM PDT by BritExPatInFla
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To: JmyBryan

You think that is something? Look at what Al Gore has done with the Internet.


44 posted on 05/19/2006 10:18:50 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: Always Right
Just my opinion, but I think most folks are smarter than you give them credit for.

Do you agree with the statement that anything that doesn't exalt God is by nature blasphemous?

45 posted on 05/19/2006 10:20:00 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Simi Valley Tom

Someone who feels the need to "stop" this movie must have a weak and insecure faith indeed.


46 posted on 05/19/2006 10:20:40 AM PDT by Flightdeck (Longhorns+January=Rose Bowl Repeat)
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To: Simi Valley Tom

The movie's a stinker.


47 posted on 05/19/2006 10:21:18 AM PDT by hershey
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To: Always Right

We are probably in agreement, Always. But let me just clarify my point --

The title of this post is "We must stop the Da Vinci Code" -

Presumably that means the author wants to prevent it from being shown or prevent people from watching it. Right? I disagree. Criticize all you want. Exercise your freedom of speech. And let other people exercise their freedoms.


48 posted on 05/19/2006 10:21:24 AM PDT by AConnecticutYankee
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To: bassmaner

Oh please, if the author of the book states that it's fiction, how could the movie be anything else?

This sad American fact of having to apologize for every perceived slight against any and everything is just silly.

Some freepers are sadly starting to sound like DUers sounded when discussing The Passion of the Christ.


49 posted on 05/19/2006 10:21:47 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Always Right

I thought his real passion was Peruvian mummies.


50 posted on 05/19/2006 10:22:09 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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