There are many folks that have sincere and committed beliefs in a religion. I have absolute respect for these folks and would never ridicule them despite the fact that I don't personally think that organised religions can ever pass common sense, logic or any test of evidence. The reason I respect them is that I understand the concept of faith (which by definition demands a lack of proof) but more to the point have found that in general the religious folks I have met to are really nice people. Obviously I'm talking about proper religions like Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and Scientologists are idiots and deserve to have L.Ron Hubbard read Battlefield Earth to them for eternity.
Because of the sensitivity of the subject I would not normally dream of commenting on such things. However, the Da Vinci Code movie has caused me to break my silence because of the unbelievably outrageous demands of the Catholic Church.
In the UK, leading Catholics have demanded a "health warning" after a survey of 1,000 people suggested that reading the original book could undermine a belief in Christian traditions. The research claimed those who had read Brown's novel were twice as likely to believe its central theme - of Jesus being a father - than those who had not. "For many it is fiction," said Dr Austen Ivereigh, co-ordinator of the DVC Response Group, which comprises priests, monks, theologians and members of Opus Dei. "But an alarming number of people take its spurious claims very seriously indeed."
So what does Dan Brown say? A 36 year old middle Eastern man called Jesus may have shagged his good mate Mary and they had a kid. Could that be possible? Maybe. Or the competing argument - an omniscient GOD felt the need to make his "son" incarnate on earth and take on all the sins of mankind. Catholics thank "Christ" by drinking his blood and eating his flesh for communion. L Ron is starting to look normal.
The funny thing is that by criticising the depiction of the Catholic Church (and the weird Opus Dei freaks) in this film the Catholic Church and Opus Dei have received more attention than they could possibly have gained in any other way. If Dan Brown worked in advertising he would get a pay rise.