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Russian Orthodox Church against screening Da Vinci Code
RIA Novosti ^ | 01/ 03/ 2006

Posted on 03/01/2006 8:34:55 AM PST by x5452

Russian Orthodox Church against screening Da Vinci Code 18:06 | 01/ 03/ 2006

MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Orthodox Church shares the Vatican's opposition to screening a film based on Dan Brown's international bestseller "The Da Vinci Code" because of the novel's blasphemous content, a spokesman for the Moscow Patriarchy said Wednesday.

Mikhail Dudko said that although "The Da Vinci Code" was based on a fictitious story, it would be wrong to regard the book and its movie version, due to be released in May, merely as works of art.

"We, people of faith, are used to paying a lot of attention to words and images, and we know just how powerful they can be. This is something not to be overlooked in today's fragile and troubled world."

Dudko said that the controversial novel misrepresented the history of Christianity and events described in the Gospels. "The sheer assumption that Christ could have had children out of wedlock is insulting to believers."

He said the upcoming screen version could be even more offensive than the novel itself, as visual images usually produce a stronger effect on people than literary imagery.

Leaders of Russia's Roman Catholic community, however, are less adamantly opposed to the idea of bringing "The Da Vinci Code" to the screen than their Orthodox counterparts.

The head of the Conference of Russian Catholic Bishops, Igor Kovalevsky, speaking to RIA Novosti on Wednesday, played down the threat allegedly posed by the book and the upcoming film.

"I don't think this will be a particularly controversial film," he said, calling on believers not to overreact. "If people take this as a true historical account, a controversy may arise, but it will then be largely a result of viewers' personal ignorance."

"To me personally, the book is not blasphemous," Kovalevsky said. "This is just a thriller. But associating the events [described in the book] with real historical [events] is nonsense. We should bear in mind which genre the work belongs to."


TOPICS: Moral Issues; Orthodox Christian; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics; Religion & Science
KEYWORDS: davincicode; orthodox; russia; russians

1 posted on 03/01/2006 8:34:56 AM PST by x5452
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I'm waiting for a movie about Mohammad. I'd like it to show him eating pork and laughing about how he told his followers to stay away from it -- "And they believed me! Suckers!"

But, such a movie might offend people.

2 posted on 03/01/2006 8:53:36 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (E)
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What we won't see, though is Orthodox, Catholic, or other Christians rioting in the streets or burning flags because they are offended.


3 posted on 03/01/2006 8:54:59 AM PST by mak5
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It could get protests in Russia but not riots.


4 posted on 03/01/2006 8:58:54 AM PST by x5452
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The Russian Orthodox Church shares the Vatican's opposition to screening a film based on Dan Brown's international bestseller "The Da Vinci Code" because of the novel's blasphemous content, a spokesman for the Moscow Patriarchy said Wednesday.

More like the Truth is scratching its way out of all those graves and ash heaps...

5 posted on 03/01/2006 9:14:43 AM PST by IronManBike (Lodestar in the LoneStar--multitask)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Dude,

There would be more embassy burnings and senseless destruction in the Middle East if that were the case.

Doubt remains that anyone in Hollywood has the spine to take a stand on the issue.

I still wear my "Mohammed Bomb Turban" T-shirt from MetroSpy.com

It's the least I can do.


6 posted on 03/01/2006 9:21:22 AM PST by Emmet Fitzhume
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I'm waiting for a movie about Mohammad. I'd like it to show him eating pork and laughing about how he told his followers to stay away from it -- "And they believed me! Suckers!" But, such a movie might offend people.

YOUR movie won't ever be made but a movie about Mohammad already was made by Sleazywood, about 30 years ago, called Mohammad, Messenger of God.

Mohammad, Messenger of God
Type: Features
1976-UK/Lebanon/Libya/Saudi Arabia-Religious Epic/Hagiography
Rating: NR
Running Time: 179 Minutes
Starring: Michael Ansara, Michael Forest, Irene Papas, Johnny Sekka, Anthony Quinn
Directed by: Moustapha Akkad
PLOT DESCRIPTION
This handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed -- who, in accordance with the tenants of Islam, is never seen or heard (any physical depiction of the prophet is considered a heinous sin within the faith). In Mecca in the 7th century, Mohammed is visited by a vision of the Angel Gabriel, who urges him to lead the people of Mecca to cast aside the 300 idols of Kaaba and instead worship the one true God. Speaking out against the corrupt political and military leaders who rule Mecca, Mohammed and his followers struggle to worship God as they see fit, which eventually leads them into exile in Medina. However, one day God gives Mohammed a message to return to Mecca and take up arms against their oppressors -- while recruiting as many followers as they can along the way. With the help of his uncle, a brave warrior named Hamza (Anthony Quinn), Mohammed and his followers return to Mecca to liberate the city in the name of God.

The Message (originally screened in the U.S. as Mohammed, Messenger of God) proved to be highly controversial during its production and initial release.
Unfounded rumors had it that Mohammed would not only be depicted in the film, but that he was to be played by Charlton Heston or Peter O'Toole. This resulted in angry protests by Muslim extremists, until director Moustapha Akkad hired a staff of respected Islamic clerics as technical advisors.
The advisors butted heads with Akkad, and they quit the production, which led the Moroccan government to withdraw their permission to film in their country. In time, Akkad ended up shooting on location in Libya under the sponsorship of Muammar Qaddafi, which presented a whole new set of political and practical problems for the filmmakers.

Finally, when the film was scheduled to premier in the U.S., another Muslim extremist group staged a siege against the Washington D.C. chapter of the B'nai B'rith under the mistaken belief that Anthony Quinn played Mohammed in the film, threatening to blow up the building and its inhabitants unless the film's opening was cancelled.
The standoff was resolved without explosion or injuries, though the film's American box office prospects never recovered from the unfortunate controversy.
The Message was shot in two versions, one in English and one in Arabic (entitled Al-Ris-Alah), with different actors taking over some of the roles due to language requirements. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Source: google (where else?)

So, all this we have about the CARTOON is just more of the same from 30 years ago.

7 posted on 03/01/2006 12:33:42 PM PST by starfish923 (Socrates: It's never right to do wrong.)
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People who like the book and the movie are those who are Christ-haters, former Christians who like seeing/hearing lies about Him (Makes them feel comfortable.), lapsed Catholics (Seem to deserve a category of their own.), Sleazywood and world media.

*Muslims revere Christ. In the Koran He is considered the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary. He isn't considered God, but the Son of God. The name Issa (Jesus) is seen many places in Muslim countries.
[Muslims who kill, suicide-bomb, destroy lives and property are monsters. Hard to believe that Jesus loves them....hard for me to believe that God loves and forgives them.]

*Hindus consider Jesus another incarnation of Vishnu, one of the major deities. That is a big deal. Jesus is right there along side of Buddha.

*We Christians love Jesus....we take His title, Christ, the Messiah, our Savior, as the name of our faith.

I don't know what the world's 4th largest faith, Sikhism, thinks about Jesus, but with those three groups, Christians, Muslims and Hindus, that covers 4 billion+ people....most of the world.

This book and movie are a blip....nothing more than a belch from the underworld of Christ-haters. It will pass, just like all gas does.

8 posted on 03/01/2006 12:49:11 PM PST by starfish923 (Socrates: It's never right to do wrong.)
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