Da Vinci Code
I feel that with the release
of the book and movie, I couldn't ignore the fact of it. Here
are some articles on the topic.
Just in case
time runs out
and "The Voltaire Code"
HOW CATHOLICS CAN COMBAT
THE DA VINCI CODE
...It has been learned that a Muslim provided most of the
funding for the making of The Da Vinci Code, which opens
in U.S. theaters today (May 19). That revelation has added to
the anger of some religious leaders who have criticized the
movie for its anti-Christian content. Rob Schenck of the
National Clergy Council was surprised when he was informed
that a Muslim's financial support made the film possible. "It is
enormously disappointing to know that a Muslim is behind the
funding of this film," says Schenck. According to the Christian
activist, this demonstrates the double-standard by which Islam
operates. "Islamic leaders would never tolerate in any form a
Christian attack on Islam," he says, "and yet here we have a
report now of Muslim financial backing for what is nothing more
than a scurrilous attack on the faith of Christians." Schenck
says studio producing the movie owes American an explanation.
"Sony Pictures owes it to the public to come forward with that
information and [explain] why they would accept a Muslim attack
against Christianity when I am sure they would never do it the
other way around," he says. According to Internet Movie
Database, the two-and-a-half-hour movie cost an estimated $125
million to make. [Bill Fancher]
conservative media watchdog organization says the mainstream
media have been using yet another double-standard in their
coverage of a new film that defames Christianity. Michael
Chapman of the
Research Center (MRC) says while the mainstream press have
been virtually frothing at the mouth in anticipation of today's
release of The Da Vinci Code -- director Ron
Howard's new movie based on the eponymous novel by Dan Brown --
hardly anyone in the media has been asking Howard or any of the
other people behind the film any hard questions, as many
reporters did leading up to the release of Mel Gibson's The
Passion of the Christ. But the MRC spokesman believes it is
no secret why the media is giving The Da Vinci Code a
pass. It is doubtful the media would tolerate a film that
defames Islam, Chapman asserts, but apparently trashing Jesus
Christ is okay. [Chad Groening]
HOW CATHOLICS CAN
COMBAT THE DA VINCI CODE
By Rev. Ted Pike
The Da Vinci Code is an unprecedented attack on the New
Testament record that Jesus was divine and unmarried. It also
savages the Roman Catholic Church, publicly holding it up to
hatred and contempt.
It portrays Catholic leadership throughout the centuries as
suppressing vital truth. It suggests such leaders, up to the
present, are capable of murderous actions against those who
Author Dan Brown portrays Catholics as sympathetically as
Hollywood portrays Nazis. His Catholic police captain is a
sexist maniac, and Opus Dei Catholics are represented by a
murderous albino Frankenstein whose masochistic prayers sound
more like schizophrenia than devotion. Brown often pauses his
plot to lecture on the "violent and deceitful history" of the
Church at large, including the outrageous charge that the Church
killed five million women as witches. In the movie Brown gives
the impression that Catholic hierarchy can command hidden laity
in academia, government, and the police. Such is an organization
fully as extensive and dangerous to those who oppose it as the
In America, the Code is free to blacken the names of
Christ and Catholicism. Brown's attack is not a "hate crime"
under any federal or state definition of the term.
But under hate crime bureaucracies in Canada, Europe, and
Australia, free speech is not protected. Instead, anyone who
incites contempt for an identifiable group is guilty of a speech
crime. Do the rabid attacks of The Da Vinci Code
constitute hate speech against Catholics? Can Catholics in these
countries file charges against distributors of The Da Vinci
Code as "hate criminals?"
If Brown's target were Jews instead of Catholics, there would
be no question that his book would be considered speech crime.
If in Canada or Sweden today a book or movie claimed evil
leaders of Judaism through the centuries have conspired to
control others through a religious myth and murdered those who
oppose them, this would unquestionably be considered a hate
In fact, if a pastor in Holland or Germany just publicly
states the historical facts that Jewish leaders masterminded
Christ's crucifixion and persecuted His followers even to death,
it is considered the crime of "anti-Semitism." Such a hate crime
in Canada is punishable by up to $10,000 and five years in
prison. If someone questions the accuracy of the six-million
figure of Holocaust dead, then any Jew may claim anguish and
press hate crimes charges. A Jew can also file charges if he
hears any public speech critical of Jewish leaders for
masterminding the crucifixion, or criticism of the Jewish
Since ADL’s hate crimes law was enacted in Canada in 1971,
many Jews, homosexuals, and even some Muslims have received
favorable judgments after charging that they felt intimidated or
held up for contempt. Yet though there have been many white or
Christian victims of hate crimes, I know of none who has ever
been upheld in court as a victim of a hate crime. The general
rule of enforcement under ADL hate laws is that only the alleged
historic victims of Western male oppression - homosexuals, Jews,
racial minorities, women - deserve shelter from "verbal
violence." Christians are left out in the cold, pilloried in
media and unprotected from hate.
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT FOR JUDAISM
Why are Jews and homosexuals protected from the slightest
criticism while Christians are exposed to blistering and
For the past 40 years, the Anti-Defamation League and its
parent organization, B'nai B'rith International, have been
persuading governments worldwide to enact so-called anti-hate
laws. B'nai B'rith is an international Jewish religious,
educational, fraternal, and charitable organization with 2100
lodges and chapters in more than 50 nations. B'nai B'rith claims
a half million Jewish members, constituting "organized world
Jewry." Such Jews tend to be progressive leftists who favor gay
rights, abortion, and militant anti-Christianity. Many more
moderate, well-intentioned Jews vehemently oppose ADL/B'nai
B'rith's anti-Christian activism, which seeks extreme restraints
upon the symbols and public expression of Christian values.
In order to persuade governments to enact thought crimes
legislation, ADL/B'nai B'rith reluctantly conceded that not just
Jews but members of other religions be granted equal protection.
Of course, ADL, being in control of such bureaucracies, never
intended that Christian victims of hate crimes receive justice.
But despite the intent of its framers, hate laws technically
offer protection to Christians as well as Jews. If Christians
are publicly held up for "hatred and contempt," they have the
same right as a homosexual or Jew to go to the local police and
file charges as victims of religious intimidation.
This simple fact presents a tremendous opportunity for
Catholics to resist the evil laws that silence them, by using
those laws in a way their framers never intended.
MILLIONS OF DA VINCI CODE
Every Catholic living under hate laws who feels held in
contempt, intimidated, or emotionally distressed by The Da
Vinci Code is a potential litigant against those who
distribute it in their country. Tens of millions of Catholics in
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and most European countries are
entitled to file charges and lawsuits against publishers, movie
theaters, distributors, and promoters of The Da Vinci Code
in their nation. It is not even necessary under most hate
law justice systems to prove The Da Vinci Code contains
lies. Truth is not admitted in most hate crimes courts. The only
criterion for a hate crime is whether the defendant feels
emotionally bruised or intimidated
Financial compensation for victims of "hate speech" ranges
from modest to enormous. In 2001 two homosexuals were awarded
$2000 each for "emotional anguish" they experienced after
reading several Bible verses critical of homosexuality in the
newspaper. Last year ADL had to fork over $14.5 million to a man
they smeared as "anti-Semitic."
If the police or the courts refuse to honor your suit,
charges of obstruction of justice may be filed against them. All
freedom-loving attorneys, religious or not, should offer their
services to pursue equal enforcement of hate laws. Perhaps if
anti-Christians are silenced by hate laws, they'll join
Christians in demanding a return of freedom of speech.
DEMAND EQUAL TREATMENT UNDER THE LAW
Because free speech is still protected in the U.S., even
under ADL state hate laws, Catholics here cannot take legal
action against The Da Vinci Code or other anti-Catholic
productions. Similarly, since Sony Corporation and Random House
and its subsidiaries, publishers of the movie and publishers of
the book, exist outside hate crimes jurisdictions, it is much
more difficult to restrain them.
But under massive Catholic pressure, hate law governments
might be compelled to ban the importation or distribution of
The Da Vinci Code or any upcoming anti-Christian
productions. The government of Canada certainly has no trouble
banning shipments of videos or literature to Canada which
criticize Israel or homosexuality. I speak from experience,
having lost many shipments of books and videos to Canada's
ever-watchful customs police.
Some may object: "Isn't it wrong to benefit from bad laws?
Hate laws should be repealed, not used by Christians!"
Unfortunately, with over 55 hate law bureaucracies either in
place or under construction by ADL/B'nai B'rith worldwide, it is
almost impossible to dismantle them. But impartial enforcement
of hate laws would be a disaster for evil Jewish leaders; they
would then be attacked by the very legal python they thought
would only strangle Christians. If hate laws victimize Jewish
activists as well as Christians, they will no longer be useful.
ADL will have to devise some other way to persecute Christians.
A TIME FOR CATHOLIC ACTION
It's time for all Catholics living under hate laws to see The
Da Vinci Code movie, peruse the book, and then file hate crimes
charges with local police. It is your right to claim that you
have been humiliated, held in contempt, and intimidated by those
responsible for airing The Da Vinci Code in your country.
This is a time to fight fire with fire. Freedom-loving
Catholics as well as all lovers of freedom should email this
alert to as many Catholic leaders and institutions as possible,
including the Vatican. (Catholic directories are available at
your library and on the internet.) The Pope must be urged to
support this Catholic offensive. He must decry hate law bias
against Christians. A barrage of Catholic activism could well
result in legal precedents, protecting Christianity from future
media attacks by Jewish activists. Such activism could cause
hate laws to go without enforcement, restoring free speech to
those who love Christ as well as those who hate Him. This
freedom is our goal.
STAND UP NOW
If Catholics and Christians do not act now, the day will come
soon when, as Christ predicted, "no man can work." Christian
witness will be silenced, driven underground by persecution.
Already the hour is very late. The time to act is now. God
has provided us with an opportunity to legally resist those who
are silencing the gospel of peace and we must seize this chance.
Christians throughout history have died rather than renounce the
Bible and their Savior. If we remain silent under hate laws, we
will be guilty of a sin they refused to commit even under the
edge of a sword.
Every Catholic should view Rev. Ted Pike's gripping,
82-minute video documentary, "Hate Laws: Making Criminals of
Christians." Catholic leaders should show it in churches and
seminaries everywhere. This thoroughly documented expose,
available in VHS or DVD for $24.90 postpaid, plus dozens of
articles about the threat of hate laws to Christians are
available at www.truthtellers.org. TALK SHOW HOSTS: For
interview with Rev. Ted Pike on this timely, high-interest
subject, call 503-631-3808.
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Just in case time runs out
Posted: May 1, 2006
By Dr. Ted Baehr
Please note that some of this article is PG-13
by today's watered down standards, so those of you who still
hold to decency and civility may not want to read any further.
Recently, the pastor of the church we used to
attend told the congregation "Go see the 'Da Vinci Code' and
read the book!" I asked if he meant for the entire congregation
to go see the "Da Vinci Code" and read the book, and he repeated
the command: "Yes, I said go see the movie and read the book!"
My wife and I walked out.
Since time is running out for Christians to
heed the commands of many famous pastors and Christian leaders
to read the book before the movie opens in two weeks and then to
see the movie, perhaps reading selected passages would bring the
congregation up to speed. Better yet, perhaps these passages
should be performed as a skit in the church. Of course, to make
it authentic, the pastor as the grandmaster must "do it" in
plain view with a prostitute, not his wife.
Here is a key passage from Dan Brown's "Da
Vinci Code" novel (page 311) illustrating the only glimpse men
and women will have of eternity is in the orgiastic few seconds
of the so-called sacred sex act:
The women and men were staggered, black,
white, black, white. The women's beautiful gossamer gowns
billowed as they raised in their right hands golden orbs and
called out in unison, "I was with you in the beginning, in the
dawn of all that is holy, I bore you from the womb before the
start of day."
The women lowered their orbs, and everyone
rocked back and forth as if in a trance. They were reverting
something in the center of the circle.
What are they looking at?
The voices accelerated now. Louder. Faster
"The woman whom you behold is love!" The
women called, raising their orbs again.
The men responded, "She has her dwelling
place in eternity!"
The chanting grew steady again.
Accelerating. Thundering now. Faster. The participants stepped
inward and knelt.
In that instant, Sophie could finally see
what they were all watching.
On a low, ornate altar in the center of the
circle lay a man. He was naked, positioned on his back, and
wearing a black mask. Sophie immediately recognized his body and
the birthmark on his shoulder. She almost cried out. Grand-pere!
This image alone would have shocked Sophie beyond belief, and
yet there was more.
Straddling her grandfather was a naked
woman wearing a white mask, her luxuriant silver hair flowing
out behind it. Her body was plump, far from perfect, and she was
gyrating to the chanting – making love to Sophie's grandfather.
Sophie wanted to turn and run, but she
couldn't. The stone walls of the grotto imprisoned her as the
chanting rose to a fever pitch. The circle of participants
seemed to be singing now, the noise rising in crescendo to a
frenzy. With a sudden roar, the entire room seemed to erupt in
If this is too long, how about acting out God
the Father doing it with the glory of the Holy Spirit? Or,
acting out Dan Brown's abhorrent contention that the Jewish
priests did it in the Holy of Holies? As Brown falsely proclaims
in Chapter 74:
Langdon's Jewish students always looked
flabbergasted when he first told them that the early Jewish
tradition involved ritualistic sex. In the Temple, no less.
Early Jews believed that the Holy of Holies in Solomon's Temple
housed not only God but also His powerful female equal,
Shekinah. Men seeking spiritual wholeness came to the Temple to
visit priestesses – or hierodules – with whom they made love and
experienced the divine through physical union.
Are you disgusted yet? Well you should be. All
those calling for their followers to see and read the "Da Vinci
Code" are promoting this blasphemous tripe.
The fallacy is that these willfully ignorant,
blind or nefarious leaders do not know that experiential
learning is a fallacy. You do not have to commit murder to know
that murder is wrong, or commit pedophilia to know that sex with
a minor is wrong. You can learn from secondary sources that tell
you not to murder, not to watch pornography, etc., especially
great sources like the Bible. Furthermore, we do not need to
murder, or to watch murder, to witness to murderers.
The Bible gives us all we need to witness to
the lost and needy. The world needs the good news that God so
loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that all who
believe in Him will be saved, not the bad news of the sexual
orgasm of the "Da Vinci Code."
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Brown and "The Voltaire Code"
Posted: April 21, 2006
By William J. Federer
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
"A secret Academy of which Voltaire was the president ...
Fabrication of books of all kinds against Christianity ... books
imputed as posthumous to deceased writers of reputation ..." –
Yale President Timothy Dwight, July 4, 1798.
Dan Brown's novel, "The DaVinci Code," with its assault on
Christianity, fits the genre' of famed French cynic Voltaire
But was Voltaire part of a secret society to defame
Christianity? Timothy Dwight, president of Yale from 1795 to
1817, thought so.
Timothy Dwight has impressive credentials. The grandson of
Princeton president Jonathan Edwards, he entered Yale at age 13,
was a chaplain in the Continental Army and served in
Massachusetts' first state Legislature before becoming the
fourth president of Yale. During his 22-year term, he created
the Departments of Chemistry, Geology, Medicine and Law. Dwight
pioneered women's education, opposed slavery and encroachment on
Indian lands. One of his students, Samuel Morse, invented the
Concerned with the growing enticement of France's deistic
"cult of reason," which birthed the bloody French Revolution,
Timothy Dwight gave an address in New Haven on July 4, 1798,
titled "The Duty of Americans at the Present Crisis"
(Encyclopedia Britannica's Annals of America, Volume 4) in which
he uncovered some clues:
"About the year 1728, Voltaire, so celebrated for his wit and
brilliancy and not less distinguished for his hatred of
Christianity and his abandonment of principle, formed a
systematical design to destroy Christianity and to introduce in
its stead a general diffusion of irreligion and atheism. For
this purpose he associated with himself Frederick the II, king
of Prussia, and Mess. D'Alembert and Diderot, the principal
compilers of the Encyclopedie, all men of talents, atheists and
in the like manner abandoned.
"The principle parts of this system were:
"1. The compilation of the Encyclopedie: in which with great
art and insidiousness the doctrines of ... Christian theology
were rendered absurd and ridiculous; and the mind of the reader
was insensibly steeled against conviction and duty.
"2. The overthrow of the religious orders in Catholic
countries, a step essentially necessary to the destruction of
the religion professed in those countries.
"3. The establishment of a sect of philosophists to serve, it
is presumed as a conclave, a rallying point, for all their
"4. The appropriation to themselves, and their disciples, of
the places and honors of members of the French Academy, the most
respectable literary society in France, and always considered as
containing none but men of prime learning and talents. In this
way they designed to hold out themselves and their friends as
the only persons of great literary and intellectual distinction
in that country, and to dictate all literary opinions to the
"5. The fabrication of books of all kinds against
Christianity, especially such as excite doubt and generate
contempt and derision. Of these they issued by themselves and
their friends who early became numerous, an immense number; so
printed as to be purchased for little or nothing, and so written
as to catch the feelings, and steal upon the approbation, of
every class of men.
"6. The formation of a secret Academy, of which Voltaire was
the standing president, and in which books were formed, altered,
forged, imputed as posthumous to deceased writers of reputation,
and sent abroad with the weight of their names. These were
printed and circulated at the lowest price through all classes
of men in an uninterrupted succession, and through every part of
After reading Dwight's address, it appears that there may be
the workings of a new novel, "The Voltaire Code," in which Dan
Brown could be a chief protagonist.
We could mimic the detective sleuthing of "The DaVinci Code,"
where our search would also begin in Paris, at Voltaire's
enormous sarcophagus, opposite Rousseau's. But, low and behold,
his remains were stolen in 1814 and dumped in a garbage heap.
Upon a little more inspection, we discover that his heart had
been previously removed from his body and is in Paris'
Bibliotheque Nationale. His brain, also removed, disappeared
after an auction.
As "The Voltaire Code" movie concludes, we hear the closing
line of Timothy Dwight's address: "To destroy us therefore ...
our enemies must first ... seduce us from the house of God."
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May 4, 2006
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
As "Da Vinci Code" furor readies to brush through the
nation's movie theaters, Dan Brown writes, "almost
everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false." The
idea of Western Civilization, no less than the identity of
the soul, is questionable upon Brown's reassertion of the
heretical Gnostic gospels. How falls the "Da Vinci Code"
upon the minds of the rising generation?
The fact is, young Americans are starved for truth, for
meaning in a confused world. That most young people would
call truth a relative thing does not mean they disbelieve
the existence of truth. Truth is the great heart-desire of
our generation. Yet seek it though our generation does,
truth is foreign. We await as Ninevites a lost voice of
So when a prophet emerges from the New York Times
best-seller list to Hollywood, we are dazzled. If we may as
easily take for our personal truth the fictional texts of
the "Da Vinci Code" as the Bible, arguments will fall on
minds deprived of foundations.
The ideas, ancient and modern, that form our heritage are
easily forsaken by the cult of postmodernism. Much good
there is that bears not upon our age – much we have
forgotten. We begin again as in a state of fallen nature,
ideas at our distant disposal, love at our longing, truth
abroad. The love and truth we need we feel as aliens. Our
consciences are dull, yet our hearts ache to live. In such a
state, we must choose, urgently, or die.
It is an age of choice. If we field ourselves in
religion, we may become a Muslim or a Mormon or a Methodist;
in drinks a Sobe or a Dr. Pepper, a Budweiser or a Coors; in
musical culture Emo or Rap or Metal; in sexual orientation
gay or straight or bi or trans. And who may judge which is
better than another?
God bids us choose life that we might live. He shows us
the one thing needful. Though choice is multitudinous in
this moment, one eternal choice transcends. Though
postmodern life is bewilderment, sense survives.
And dead though Dan Brown's god is, the God of truth
lives. Jesus Christ still reigns and offers His life to a
dying world, His purpose to a lost world. As Robert Robinson
penned in the 18th century, we are "prone to wander," and we
"feel it." We feel our wounded condition in desperate
hearts. We rummage among choices for something we can
finally know, beyond the elementary sense of feeling.
There is, among the rising generation, whom Colleen
Carroll has called "the new faithful." A new survey of 1,200
randomly chosen college students by the Harvard Institute of
Politics shows that 70 percent consider religion important
or very important in their lives. Twenty-five percent claim
to have become more spiritual since commencing higher
Spirituality is un-topical at the postmodern university.
The professors despise the soul. But they cannot kill the
spirit of a generation as easily as they once thought. The
Baby Boomer elites who administer and teach in our
universities move toward retirement. The cultural gurus who
thought they would be forever young find themselves now old.
A generation gap gapes wider; young people desire faith
despite the plans of our elders. Vanguards are shifting;
instead of the secular Left that would kill our spirit and
usher the age of anarchy had they chance, we see the rise of
a generation desiring order in the soul and in the
For many parents, according to the Times of London this
week, the faith of their children "creates a generational
gulf as significant as that of the 1950s and 1960s, when
rebellion was all about breaking boundaries. Now, it seems,
the tables have thoroughly turned and there is a genuine
thirst among many young people to establish strong moral
codes and rules, to give up the alcohol, drug taking and
casual sex synonymous with many of their parents' Western
It is the rebellion of our generation. Myfanwy Franks,
author of a book about choosing fundamentalist faith in the
West, says, "more and more it seems that becoming highly
religious is the ultimate form of rebellion, because
secularity is really our society's main religion now. A lot
of people utterly despise religion, don't they? To convert
to Islam or Christianity is really the punk rock of the
Real faith seems but a choice among the gods of the
pagans. But the rebels are searching, and it is a moment for
For there is an advantage to the Christian faith above
the others: grace. It is armament eternal, strength
immeasurable. To grace we may appeal for all victory,
knowing that victory is already won. We cannot risk sitting
out of the adventure of our generation. We must resolve to
love the postmoderns, to speak truth, to live a prayer.