Dan Brown's kettle attacked by Church's pot
The Council of Churches in Jordan have come out of the closet as intolerant haters of freedom. They are demanding that the Jordanian government ban the movie The Da Vinci Code because "it directly harms Jesus." What a wimp this Jesus bloke must be.
Certainly an all-powerful deity in human form couldn't be harmed by a film like this. What the Council means is that they are offended and want to use the strong arm of the state to bash anyone who offends them. The Vatican, now headed by a former member of Hitler Youth, has also attacked the film saying it can lead people away from the church. They are asking Catholics to boycott the film. Normally such campaigns lead to greater audiences.
In Australia the Anglicans are spending $50,000 for advertising attacking the film. They say the ads are too tell the truth about Jesus. I doubt that. The fact is that we don't know the truth about Jesus as we have no valid, reliable source regarding him, his life and his teachings. The New Testament is not valid or reliable and mingles fantasy, with theory, with lies, with exaggeration and so on. If the churches wish to debate the historicity of Christ then so be it but they are better off sticking to faith and leaving fact out of the picture. When facts come in the door faith flies out the window. And Jesus just doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
Both the New Testament and Dan Brown's book are fiction. The main difference is that Brown's book is more entertaining and a better read. The problem is that people sometimes take fiction to be fact. That is a mistake whether dealing with the nonsense in Brown's book or the nonsense in the New Testament.