I am talking about the upcoming release of a movie adaptation of Dan Brown's best seller The DaVinci Code. The Catholic group Opus Dei has asked Sony to make some changes in the film to avoid being hurtful to their group and to Catholics in general.
Sony spokesman Jim Kennedy, showing how Sony does not fear any kind of violent backlash from outraged Catholics, has released an email saying the following:
"not a religious tract, and it is certainly not meant to criticize any group, religious or otherwise,"
Right, a movie base on a book that muses on the possibility that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene whom bore a Him a child and machinations by the Catholic Church to cover this up is not a criticism of a religion. This fable has been around for centuries so it has lost its sting certainly and was brought back from obscurity by, not Dan Brown, Laurence Gardner in his book Bloodline of the Holy Grail. It was from this new wellspring that Dan Brown concocted his fabulous plot while borrowing a bit of conspiracy from Eco's Foucault's Pendulum.
But by the civil discourse that is going on between Opus Dei and Sony we note how different this is from the reactions over a few cartoons which were created to lampoon the notion of a violent Islamic world, but instead have reinforced the notion of how violent the Islamic world can be if maliciously manipulated and showing how many cowards there are in positions of authority and responsibility in the Western World. I await with a bit of fear and trepidation the release in Holland of Submission II; if the first caused the murder of Theo Van Gogh what will the second cause? Mass bursting of blood vessels of those who are deeply offended by some criticism? If so put it on TV 24/7 all across Europe and the fundamentalist Islamic conquest of Europe by birthrate will be set back.