"COLOMBO, May 31, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Sri Lanka has banned screenings of The Da Vinci Code in theatres and local television channels following an appeal by the country's Catholic Bishops Conference to the President..."
"'...The movie attacks the very roots of Christian faith and hurts the sentiments of all Christians,' the Catholics Bishop Conference said in a letter to the Sri Lankan president. It called the movie as well as the book blasphemous."
"However, the Asian Human Rights Commission responded with outrage to the ban. 'The Executive President of Sri Lanka does not have any power under the Constitution or any law to engage in the banning of a film. When he acts outside the law he acts as a dictator,' said the organization in a press release."
The Da Vinci Code has to be one of the stupidest books ever written. The number of factual errors in it staggering. Though the claim I can't stand is that the Merovingians founded the city of Paris. Go to Paris. Go to a museum. READ history. That claim is about as valid a the piltdown man. 3rd century BC, the city was a village started by a tribe called the "parisiennes"...
And although it is only "fiction," it's stupid fiction. It's fiction steeped in Anti-Catholic propaganda. It's like coming up with a conspiracy theory saying that Jews have been foisting a global conspiracy to control the world since time memorial... What's wrong with that?... I think it's obvious to anyone what's wrong with a book like that. A book like that, although officially being "fiction" would still lead people to hate Jews by a certain few that TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY.
That's the destructive influence of the book and movie: some people invariably are weak minded and so weak spiritually that they screw themselves up. And it's destructive influence, although small and only to those that don't know any better, is no less real.
That being said, this decision is WRONG. The Church throughout history, or should I say certain misguided Bishops throughout history, has encouraged actions like these, I believe at the Church's own peril. They were well intentioned acts, but they didn't think it through enough.
The Church has always been at it's best when it is in struggle with the State and with modern culture. The Da Vinci Code is always going to exist - despite whatever the Sri Lankan government or the Church attempts to do. They should be focusing on saving souls, and countering the dribble and anti-Catholic crap. You can't destroy temptation - but you can make people's faith stronger by education and debate. How many people will just get DVC on the internet in that country, or they'll smuggle it in from somewhere else?
We should be discussing the Da Vinci Code and debunking it. We shouldn't be running away from it.
What the Bishops have done, unknowingly, is it as if they have walked up to someone reading the Da Vinci Code and ripped the book out of their hands and thrown it away. That is theft. That is wrong.
The Church has always said that the ends does not justify the means. An evil act done for good, is never justified.
The Church has no right to deny other people the right to read and watch whatever they want and did not in this case. The State did, after these Bishops requested it.
In fact the doctrine of the Catholic Church states that God isn't some sort of arrogant dictator running around forcing them to believe in him. Love requires choice. God gave us choice, and does not force us to do anything.
The Catholic Church, similarly, does not force people to follow the Ten Commandments. People choose to do so. People have the choice. The Church just says, and rightly so, that people should choose right - they should choose the truth. We have the right to choose wrongly, at our own peril.
Ripping the book at of someones hands, negates their choice. It's condescending. It's arrogant. It destroys something that is someone's else's property.
A much better choice would be to sit down with the person and have a chat explaining the fallacies in the book... You can be forcefull in your debating style. You could even raise your tone of voice and tell them off. That's your right, and I would argue, that would be an example of rightous anger.
Actually, they say it's the other side that negates choice. So I honestly question the logic, rationale, and I pray that the damage this will do over time will be mitigated.
At least that's the way I see it. And I'm sure the great majority of my fellow Catholics would rather shut their eyes and ripp the book out of other people's hands. But I'm not intimated by the book or the movie whatsoever and I know that the truth always wins out over lies. Eventually people deceived by DVC will realise their blunder - but that will only be done by the Church doing it's job: speaking out on the truth.