Sunday, May 07, 2006

I was hoping this wouldn't happen...

I was afraid of this: (Reuters)

Cardinal urges legal action against Da Vinci Code
In the latest Vatican broadside against "The Da Vinci Code", a leading cardinal says Christians should respond to the book and film with legal action because both offend Christ and the Church he founded. Cardinal Francis Arinze, a Nigerian who was considered a candidate for pope last year, made his strong comments in a documentary called "The Da Vinci Code -- A Masterful Deception."


"Christians must not just sit back and say it is enough for us to forgive and to forget," Arinze said in the documentary made by Rome film maker Mario Biasetti for Rome Reports, a Catholic film agency specializing in religious affairs.

"Sometimes it is our duty to do something practical. So it is not I who will tell all Christians what to do but some know legal means which can be taken in order to get the other person to respect the rights of others," Arinze said.

"This is one of the fundamental human rights: that we should be respected, our religious beliefs respected, and our founder Jesus Christ respected," he said, without elaborating on what legal means he had in mind....

There is no right to "respect." Thanks to all who voluntarily caved to pressure to censor the Mohammed cartoons, we are now seeing efforts to stifle speech that is up-front fictitious, but critical of Christianity. It won't be effective until Christians start sawing off people's heads, but that's where the voluntary resignation of a right to free speech is leading. Fanatics will learn that if they're willing to kill people over it, we'll stop offending them. Is this the lesson we want to teach the world? That violence and terrorism really does pay? Think about it a bit. Where will this stop?

Thanks to Bidinotto for the link.


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