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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Moon Bat of The Week Award!

The Vatican
The Vatican is attempting to censor a book, The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown and the upcoming movie by the same name. Instead of encouraging dialogue within the faith they are returning to the dark ages of burning books, dungeons and tolitarian rule with an iron fist.
While the Vatican cannot prove every single word in the Old or New Testament they claim Brown's books is a lie and a sin.
Archbishop Angelo Amato said the book, written by Dan Brown, had been hugely successful around the world thanks in part to what he called "the extreme cultural poverty on the part of a good number of the Christian faithful." The novel is an international murder mystery centered on attempts to uncover a secret about the life of Christ that a clandestine society has tried to protect for centuries.
xxx The central tenet of the book is that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children. In his address to the group, Amato said Christians should be more willing "to reject lies and gratuitous defamation." Amato said that if "such lies and errors had been directed at the Koran or the Holocaust they would have justly provoked a world uprising." He added: "Instead, if they are directed against the Church and Christians, they remain unpunished." Catholic group Opus Dei has told Sony Pictures that putting a disclaimer on the movie stressing it is a work of fiction would be a welcome show of respect toward the Church.
xxx In the novel and film, Opus Dei is characterized as the latest in a series of secretive groups that worked over the centuries to obscure truths about Jesus Christ. Opus Dei is a controversial conservative Church groups whose members are mostly non-clerics and urged to seek holiness in their everyday professional jobs and lives. It has rejected criticisms that it is secretive and elitist. Former FBI agent and convicted spy, Robert Hanssen is a former Opus Dei member
Amato is suggesting an uprising and punishment similar to what Islamist extremists would bring about. Is he suggesting Jihad by way of terrorist organizations who kill innocent people they disagree with or who disagree with them? Has the Vatican formally renounced Iranian statements that the Holocaust is a myth? Did the Vatican try to stop the Godfather trilogy, which depicted heavy corruption in the church and ties with the Mafia? xxx
Amato suggested that Catholics around the world should launch organized protests against the "The Da Vinci Code" film just as some had done in 1988 to protest against Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ."
The Vatican is depicting itself as out of touch and very dangerous to democratic principles. Freedom of religion is only one key right in the U.S. Constitution and the Vatican shouldn't attempt to disolve all others rights of freedom to protect it's own self-serving interest.

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