Friday, May 26, 2006

Banning the Da Vinci Code

Why are people, especially Catholics, getting so worked up about this stupid book and movie? A cinema in NSW has banned it, and I have heard stories about it being banned in India too (links are somewhere!)

I am a Catholic and I couldn't care less about what the Da Vinci code says. It is fiction, although good and intriguing fiction, but is it really worth the fairly draconian measure of censorship?

Don't these people realise that by banning something like this, they give it extra impetus and maybe even more credibility? If you ban something, you first of all make people flock to it, but also you make people ask why it is being banned. Are they trying to hide something? Is somebody trying to prevent me getting information?

If you, as a Catholic, cannot refute the claims made in this work without trying to restrict public access to such claims, you don't really have a great deal of faith in your religion.

This from a person who isn't in the slightest big religious, but I am reminded of Mill's argument that truth is only discovered when even the one person minority in a sea of people on the other side can make their argument, and have it examined by the majority.

1 Comments:

Blogger Dash Brannigan said...

People get all funny when it comes to religion. It’s just one of those subjects. However, I can understand why Catholics are getting ticked off at the success of the Da Vinci Code.

However, I think there are separate issues here. Firstly the independent cinema, owned by a Catholic family as far as I see it should be able to show or not show what they darn well please. It’s their business and if they wish to express their morality in the running of the business that’s up to them. We can’t censure these people, we must laude them for at least taking their stand.

But there is a point I often forget myself when it comes to free speech. While freedom of expression in any form should be protected sometimes it’s more about what people DON’T say. If you force anyone to show something, do something or say something that they don’t agree with aren’t you as bad as the censors?

Now, If someone didn’t protest the Da Vinci Code, or not show it on principle, how much debate would there be over the movies validity? I reckon little if any. It would be taken as fact by far too many people.

The Catholic Church protesting this is so very important to the search for truth, if they didn’t what happens in the Da Vinci code would be take as fact. Like so many other movies which represent “actual events”.

It’s almost Taoist really. How can there be a debate with only one side (the movie) talking, one hand clapping, tree falling in the woods… It’s all very Zen isn’t it?

See if I were the Catholic Church I would protest it, condemn it and ask Catholics not to see it. Not so they obey my orders, just so my objection, is noted. You can’t censor things like this and I don’t think the Church is really trying to but it would be far far worse if they didn’t at least try.

As for your last point referring to Mill… How many people do you think went Church last week in Australia? How many watched a movie? Now who be the Sea and who be the minority?

11:20 pm  

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