Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Death threats: the hot new religious trend

And it's not just for radical Islamists and Pat Roberston anymore --

Some Indian Christians are so incensed with the fictional blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" they want the government to ban it and one Roman Catholic has offered a bounty of $25 000 on the head of author Dan Brown ...

Fortunately, the the idea of a bounty was roundly criticized within the Catholic community. Robertson, however, said he found the idea "intriguing" (kidding).

"Offering bounty for the head of the author is a Taliban-like response," Kay Benedict, a Catholic journalist, told ENI. With their protests, he said, Catholics have ensured "more than enough publicity" for the movie in India. "The Christian faith is 2000 years old and it is not so fragile as to be destroyed by a single movie."

Now she gets it. No way to prove this, but I'd be willing to bet the worldwide religious condemnation of "Da Vinci" has boosted its profits by a good third.

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