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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Katherine Kersten's Korner

We apparently have a Sunday kolumn today, and even though I am in no mood for insane rantings, Kersten is. Today it's all about how the nasty, evil, left media is making all those Catholics feel bad because they are, uh, covering a movie or something.

Wingnuttia Level: 10 (She's gonna blow!)

Okay, Kersten and everybody else who is getting the vapors over this: It's a movie! And, once more for good effect: It's a book!

Honestly, who gives a damn about what some fiction book says about Catholicism? Why do you people care? What is wrong with you? Are you incapable of telling the difference between what is fact and what is made up? Well, for some of the most fervent believers, probably...

Just because the media is mentioning The Da Vinci Code doesn't mean it is out to get Catholics. Although I have never read the book, nor seen the movie, nor plan to do either, I seem to remember that is is a pretty successful thing. So, probably, it's being reported on because a lot of people are interested, not because reporters wanted to get in some Catholic-bashing in between their bouts of eating aborted fetuses.

I view Kersten's reaction to this faux "issue" in the same way that I viewed the Muhammad cartoons: people who feel that the best response to cartoons is to torch things and kill people are $*%#*! idiots. And people who think that the media is out to get Catholics somehow because tens of millions of people have bought a book are also $*%#*! idiots. Do you people not have lives?

But the thing that makes me most angry about this kolumn is her last line: "Mocking and maligning the Catholic Church is the last safe harbor of bigots in this multicultural world." No, Kersten, mocking and maligning the GLBT community is the last safe harbor of bigots, and it is something that you and other conservatives do regularly.

4 Comments:

At 6:30 PM, May 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The DaVinci Code is just the new Bridges of Madison County. Yawn.

If anything, Ron Howard was the wrong director for this movie - but perhaps his penchant for playing it safe was why he was picked to direct it. Me, I'd have picked David Lynch, who knows exactly what to do with evil albinos.

 
At 8:49 PM, May 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Irs' not like the Catholic Church would ever be involved in a cover up conspiracy or anything... with Bishops hiding the crimes of priests by moving them around without warning parishoners of past incidents of child molestation or anything?

(A lapsed Catholic with 10 years of Catholic Education by the Jesuits, never hurt, touched or molested by a priest and never knew anyone who was but I'm just saying...)

 
At 8:59 PM, May 21, 2006, Blogger Northern Debater said...

Check out my post on this exact topic at http://northerndebater.blogspot.com

 
At 10:09 AM, May 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the book (really enjoyed it), but haven't seen the movie yet, so I'm not in a position to comment on the quality of the movie

One fantastic consequence of the popularity of "The DaVinci Code" - book OR movie - is that people are becoming interested in the history of Catholicism, and in religion in general. I would wager that only a relatively small percentage of Catholics are aware that there used to be women priests, and that priests were once allowed to marry. Many Catholics seem to assume that the reason priests can't marry is because Jesus was single - they are unaware of the much more practical reasons that the Church changed the rules.

If a book or a movie opens minds enough to compel individuals to question old assumptions and start learning the truth, great! Turn on the light and let the learning begin!

Ms Anon

 

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