Tuesday, May 16, 2006

It took the Da Vinci Code to bring them together!

Muslims are joining Roman Catholics in calling for a ban on "Da Vinci Code" throughout India.

Muslims Join Da Vinci Criticism (hat tip: the inimitable Andrew Sullivan)

"'The Holy Koran recognizes Jesus as a prophet. What the book says is an insult to both Christians and Muslims,' Maulana Mansoor Ali Khan, general secretary of the All-India Sunni Jamiyat-ul-Ulema, told the Reuters news agency.

'Muslims in India will help their Christian brothers protest this attack on our common religious belief,' he said."

How nice- if only Christians and Muslims could find real common ground, and could rally around something a wee bit more important than a silly movie.

Don't get me wrong, I have no issue with religious-themed protests or boycotts of the film- whatevers. But I do have a problem with any effort, state-sanctioned or otherwise, to prevent people from seeing the film in the first place.

The irony in all this- and I'm not the first to point it out- is that all of this protesting and boycotting is serving to give what will probably be a mediocre film (I base this on the book) oodles of undue publicity.

All that said, I have an embarrassing admission to make- I want to be Audrey Tautou's best friend. I do. I can't help it. Best friends for evah and evah. Audrey and me. It's gonna happen.


At 12:20 PM, Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Great post!

This is a whole bunch of nonsense about nothing. The book sucked and the movie is going to suck. That hasn't stopped the American viewing public before.

And I really don't understand why the possibility that Jesus had a girlfriend is so offensive.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger wunelle said...

Fear not, order will soon be restored. Each side will go back to unequivocally hating the other as soon as the political expediency of a limited unity goes away.

The reason they don't collaborate on more important things is easy: NO religion gives license for its adherents to accept the existence (or validity) of any of thousands of other religions, as this crack soon has the door pushed open wide. So this cooperation is that of helping to bar the doors of City Hall so that we're not the next to face the blast. (I guess that's a kind of cooperation. Maybe.)

The book may or may not have sucked (I didn't read it), but I still welcome any effort that serves to poke fun at any notion of literal truth in these matters.

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Unsane said...

There's another dimension to this: The group of credulous folk with a latent form of religiosity (those who would take the trouble to watch this film) are being opposed by the dyed in the wool Religious folk.

It's all too much for aqn atheist /agnostic to take!

At 11:59 PM, Anonymous DangIt said...

Now if only we can somehow lay the blame on the Jews for this book and movie - That should make the muslims pitch in with even more vigor and right wing christians to play ball with the muslims.

As i mention in my post on this issue, i for one am going to pray to FSM so that his noodly appendage blesses us all.

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Noisette said...

Oh, Flying Spaghetti Monster! All this sectarian strife could be resolved with one caress of your noodly appendage! While you're at it, could you show the world that it is ridiculous to get riled up over what will surely be a crap film?
In your name I humbly pray.

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Reign of Reason said...

Shake peoples irrational belief systems and you get an irrational response...

Goes with the territory.

It amazes me that the right is more up in arms about Jesus having a girlfriend than they are about porn.


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