How much more can one write about The Da Vinci Code…a work of mediocre fiction, based on long disproved Gnostic lies, that is sure to be a huge box office hit. The premise of the book is that Jesus married Mary Magdalene, had children and the Church has spent two centuries covering it up. Christians are ticked off. Hollywood is once again promoting a work that denigrates our faith – with huge billboards up everywhere and a reported marketing budget of over 100 million. And what of our response?
Professional Newfoundlander and biting satirist, Rex Murphy comments in today’s Globe (subscription required):
Well the tidal wave is about to hit. The movie is due to open next week, all protests from the Vatican and others notwithstanding. The consideration that the lynchpin of its dubious plot is a marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, which we must assume, to all serious Christians, at least, is insulting and possibly a blasphemy, doesn’t seem to have troubled either the movie’s makers or the author, Mr. Brown.
That consideration inescapably draws a parallel to the furor, riots and deaths that followed the publication of a dozen cartoons in a Danish newspaper some months back. When pious Muslims made their feelings so brutally clear on the caricatures of their Prophet, the great majority of the Western press acknowledged their sensitivity, and forwent publication or transmission.
Toying with the foundational story of Christianity, marrying Jesus to a harlot, turning the whole “insult” into the biggest blockbuster of the year, is obviously an entirely different matter altogether.
Let’s see, cartoons in small Danish newspaper = horror. Five-billboard movie opening = entertainment. Maybe Dan Brown’ll write a book about it.