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RON HOWARD LIES ABOUT “ANGELS & DEMONS” (Donohue responds today)
Catholic League ^ | April 21, 2009 | Catholic League

Posted on 04/21/2009 6:10:33 PM PDT by chase19


April 21, 2009

Ron Howard, director of “Angels & Demons,” the movie version of Dan Brown’s book by that name, attacked Catholic League president Bill Donohue yesterday on the Huffington Post.

Referring to a booklet on the movie that Donohue authored, “Angels & Demons: More Demonic than Angelic,” (click here) Howard wrote: “Mr. Donohue’s booklet accuses us of lying when our movie trailer says the Catholic Church ordered a brutal massacre to silence the Illuminati centuries ago. It would be a lie if we had ever suggested our movie is anything other than a work of fiction….” Howard also said that “most in the hierarchy of the Church” will enjoy his film; he denies being anti-Catholic.

Donohue responded today:

“Dan Brown says in his book that the Illuminati are ‘factual’ and that they were ‘hunted ruthlessly by the Catholic Church.’ In the film’s trailer, Tom Hanks, who plays the protagonist Robert Langdon, says ‘The Catholic Church ordered a brutal massacre to silence them forever.’ Howard concurs: ‘The Illuminati were formed in the 1600s. They were artists and scientists like Galileo and Bernini, whose progressive ideas threatened the Vatican.’

“All of this is a lie. The Illuminati were founded in 1776 and were dissolved in 1787. It is obvious that Galileo and Bernini could not possibly have been members: Galileo died in 1647 and Bernini passed away in 1680. More important, the Catholic Church never hunted, much less killed, a single member of the Illuminati. But this hasn’t stopped Brown from asserting that ‘It is a historical fact that the Illuminati vowed vengeance against the Vatican in the 1600s.’ (My emphasis.)

“Howard must be delusional if he thinks Vatican officials are going to like his propaganda—they denied him the right to film on their grounds. Moreover, we know from a Canadian priest who hung out with Howard’s crew last summer in Rome (dressed in civilian clothes) just how much they hate Catholicism. It’s time to stop the lies and come clean.”

TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; Religion & Politics
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Thank you for the reply.

22 posted on 04/21/2009 8:28:00 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (So Orwell was off by 25 years! So what!)
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To: chase19

When Opie and all his former co-stars made that ad for Soetoro, that told me all I needed to know: they are all baby-killing Catholic-haters.

Now Opie and Brown are back to their old two-step—claiming its all factual, and when someone challenges any of their “facts,” then “it’s just a novel/movie.”

23 posted on 04/22/2009 12:13:10 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If Bishop D'Arcy finds out a priest is molesting kids, he will boycott the parish's Fall Supper!!!)
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To: RC one

Minor nit.

There was no “crusade” waged against the Templars, except possibly in the metaphorical sense of any war or campaign being a crusade.

The attack on the Templars was instigated and implemented primarily by the King of France, although various Church leaders were quite happy to share in the spoils and allowed themselves to be used as cover for the nakedly mercenary motivation of the King.

24 posted on 04/22/2009 3:48:53 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: Sherman Logan

It may not have been a crusade in the strictest sense of the word but it did involve charges of heresy, burning at the stake, the Church, and the Pope so, in a sense, it was a crusade invoked to suppress infidels (alleged infidels); although, you and I know otherwise of course, that this was a way to get out of paying off debts to Templars and to secure their reputed treasure (which never turned up according to my sources) and later went on to become the inspiration behind my favorite movie, National Treasure. If you haven’t read “the Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar”, By Steven Sora, I would reccomend it as it provides interesting speculations on the post Phillip Templar Knight history.

25 posted on 04/22/2009 1:07:34 PM PDT by RC one
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To: Question_Assumptions
Hey Ron, if you are so gutsy and open minded, why not bring The Satanic Verses to the big screen?

LOL, that's a good question! But whatever you do, don't hold your breath waiting; Opie knows only Christianity is fair game in Hollywood, and he's a gutless wonder when it comes to attacking Islam.

26 posted on 04/22/2009 3:33:29 PM PDT by xJones
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To: chase19
Bill Donohue is one of my favorite people. He doesn’t give a da*n about PC from a hole in the wall. He just tells it like he sees rare today.

He's a whining publicity hound.

27 posted on 04/22/2009 4:25:20 PM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: hecht
ron howard is overrated and his DaVinci code sucked

I and around a billion others thought it was great.

28 posted on 04/22/2009 4:26:23 PM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: chase19

I guess Howard skipped history classes at his studio school.

29 posted on 04/22/2009 4:28:51 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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