April 28 2006

Folks…it’s a book/movie…chill out

Has no one ever realized that when you launch a “boycott” of something, all you are really doing is building the hype around it? Archbishop Angelo Amato, the number two official in the Vatican doctrinal office, has called for a boycott of the upcoming film, The Da Vinci Code.

You know what? Just makes me want to see it more. Just like I drank more when I was under the legal age then after, the more someone tells me I shouldn’t do something, the more I want to do it. True, I was not raised Catholic, I was raised Episcopalian, so the Vatican has never held sway over me, but every time they say people shouldn’t do something, it just makes me want to.

One thing in the article really stuck out to me though:

He said that if “such lies and errors had been directed at the Koran or the Holocaust they would have justly provoked a world uprising.”

Ok, first off, you are mixing another theological doctorine with historical fact. The Koran, like the Bible, is the doctorine by which a group of people live by, the Holocaust is historical, documented fact. Dan Brown wrote a book that is, at the heart of it, a murder mystery that, just happens, to be set around the world of Christanity. Yes, it sets out the theory that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, but so what? Lots of people theorize that they were married. Heck, the TV show Rescue Me said as much in their second season, but no one says a word about that, but I guess that’s because they haven’t sold 40 million copies.

This is one of the problems I have with any group or orginization in this day and age….no one may question anything. Everyone is so sensitive about everything, all subjects are becoming off-limits. Nothing can be discussed, made fun of or even looked at. The only one I have understood recently is the Muslims were upset over the drawings of Muhammad in a Dutch newspaper. Well, the Koran specifically states you may not show representations of the Prophet, that’s a bit different in that it is a rule actually written out, and it should be respected. The Bible has no such passage. Nowhere does it say “Hey, you may not theorize about Jesus’ love life, if you do, we’ll boycott you!”

I don’t want anyone to think I am attacking everyday Catholics, I’m not. I’m attacking the silliness of the fact that it appears no one may state a THEORY about the life of Jesus. Is no one allowed to discuss the possabilities the Bible does not cover every minute of his life? Remember, there are no accounts of the childhood of Jesus in the Bible, has no one ever wondered what his childhood would be like? It seems if I put out a THEORY on that, the Vatican would boycott me. Oh no…the horror, I had a thought that was not approved by the Vatican.

I’m probably not getting my point across here very clearly, and I don’t need a lot of comments about how I am a hater of the Catholic church, because I’m not, I’m a hater of anyone, or anything, that stifles free thought.

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