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So Dark The Con of Man / So Dim The Bulb of Bush?

Saturday, May 20, 2006 2:01 AM

The local paper reports that at least one church group will be protesting outside the cineplex during the opening weekend of The DaVinci Code.

If a fictional work can topple centuries of established doctrine, that doctrine can't have been very stable, can it?

If a fictional work can raise so much doubt that the faithful are in jeopardy of having their faith shaken, then was that faith built on a sound foundation to start with?

If a fictional work raises concerns over the Catholic Church deliberately obstructing the truth, shouldn't the Church be looking at why people are so willing to question them? Most people who tell the truth expect to be believed.

Above all, The DaVinci Code is a work of fiction. Make-believe. A good, rousing yarn that should invite not only debate, but actually strengthen one's faith as one explores the connections therein.

I may have further comments after seeing the film this weekend.


President Bush maintains his own distinct reality with all the aplomb of someone jacked into the Matrix.

In an interview from his "Look, Ma, I'm patrollin' the border!" photo-op from Thursday, President Bush told NBC's David Gregory that his low approval ratings are, "Because we're at war, and war unsettles people."

HOW ABOUT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR STARTING THE WAR IN THE FIRST PLACE, GEORGE?

But it's always someone else's fault in the Bush White House. A slam against the media quickly followed. "The enemy has got a powerful tool, and that is to get on your TV screen by killing innocent people, and my job is to continue to remind the people it's worth it."

Blah, blah, blah. We're not going to retreat. Blah, blah, blah. We're not going to pull out before the job is done. Blah, blah, blah. We have a plan for victory.

Anyone who thinks the violence in Iraq will magically stop once they appoint the full roster of ministers, raise their hand.

Not you, George.


And while President Bush and General Hayden continue to tell you they are protecting your privacy, here's some sanity on the subject from Bruce Schneier.


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Brin - 2006-05-20 02:14:35
Shouldn't controversial works of art having to do with religion STRENGTHEN one's faith instead of inciting protests and boycotts? How faithful ARE these protestors, anyway?...