Thursday, May 18, 2006

Declare Da Vinci Code fiction: Christian leaders

May 18, 2006

Declare Da Vinci Code fiction: Christian leaders

New Delhi (ICNS) -- Christian leaders who watched The Da Vinci Code said they cannot accept the movie's storyline and if released in India it should have a bold disclaimer saying it is a fiction having no historical truth.

"No doubt the movie “The Da Vinci Code” has a storyline, unacceptable to the Christian Community," said a recommendation that the Christian leaders submitted to the government on Thursday.

It said the movie tries to present fiction as truth and there is a likelihood that many people could end up with a distorted and erroneous view of Church and Christianity.

The recommendation addressed to Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi thanked him personally "for showing great concern for the sensibility of the Christian Community in the country."

Dasmunshi arranged a special screening yesterday for Christian leaders seeking their views on the controversial movie to help the government decide on its release on May 19.

The Christian leaders recommended to display "a bold and lingering disclaimer, lasting at least 15 seconds, both at the beginning of the film and at the end, stating that this film is a work of pure fiction and has no correspondence to historical facts of the Christian religion."

They also said the film should be given an “A” Certificate restricting it for viewing only among adults.

Unlike the book, the movie does not claim that "all descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals are accurate," they said.

Besides, the chief protagonist symbologist Robert Langdon is shown being skeptical about the interpretations of Christianity that Teabing presents. It "is a redeeming feature amidst the many disturbing utterances and scenes in the film," the leaders said.

They also said the Christian Community "stands by freedom of faith and expression as well as the duty to respect the inviolability of the sacred."

Those who presented the recommendations include Auxiliary Bishop Anil Couto of Delhi, Reverend Valson Thampu, member of National Integration Council and Father Donald H. R. De Souza, Deputy Secretary General of Catholic Bishops Conference of India.

Fr. Henry D’Souza, secretary of the CBCI Commission for Social Communications, Fr. Alex Vadakumthala, secretary of CBCI Commission for Health Care and Fr. John Noronha, Former Executive Director of Caritas India were the other members in the team.


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