I was visiting relatives near Sulphur Springs, Texas, over the weekend, and Sunday morning meant going to the First Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs, where the preacher made his sermon all about what's wrong with "The Da Vinci Code." The film version of Dan Brown's book opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, and it stars Tom Hanks. The book is about a secret group that included Leonardo Da Vinci that traced its heritage back to Jesus and Mary Magdalene and the supposed daughter of the pair, which of course is a conspiracy theory that isn't part of the Bible.
It's fiction. FICTION. But this fairly young preacherman did his best Jimmy Swaggart-meets-Jerry Falwell fire-and-brimstone finger-pointing delivery about how "The Da Vinci Code" is a pack of lies, and how Dan Brown, because he had taken exception to how religious people were reacting to the book, was calling him a bozo. A lot of the flocked seemed to be eating it all up.
It was really worth seeing. Wish you could have been there. Hollywood next should make a film about the reaction of some of these holy men to "The Da Vinci Code." We've already seen spokesmen from the Vatican speak out on how it should be avoided by all good Catholic folk.