by John Hawkins | May 8, 2006 6:43 am
“In the latest Vatican broadside against “The Da Vinci Code“, a leading cardinal says Christians should respond to the book and film with legal action because both offend Christ and the Church he founded.
Cardinal Francis Arinze, a Nigerian who was considered a candidate for pope last year, made his strong comments in a documentary called “The Da Vinci Code-A Masterful Deception.”
…The novel is an international murder mystery centered on attempts to uncover a secret about the life of Christ that a clandestine society has tried to protect for centuries.
The central tenet of the book is that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children.
“Those who blaspheme Christ and get away with it are exploiting the Christian readiness to forgive and to love even those who insult us. There are some other religions which if you insult their founder they will not be just talking. They will make it painfully clear to you,” Arinze said.
This appeared to be a reference to protests by Muslims around the world over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.”
You know, the whole forgiveness and love thing is a feature, not a bug. It’s one thing to stand up against liberal groups like the ACLU that regularly target Christians for harassment, but we don’t need to start trying to sue people just for offending us.
Moreover, those cartoon riots may have intimidated some people, but for every person they intimidated, they probably made a thousand more distrustful of Muslims as a whole. The last thing Christians need to do is start borrowing ideas from people who are screaming about “infidels” in the streets and making threats because of a cartoon.
You don’t like The Da Vinci Code? Then boycott it, speak out against it, and explain why it’s bunk. But, launching lawsuits? Let’s not go down that path.
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