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Rome needs a reality check

Whenever I hear about calls to boycott books, films or music, I get a little nervous.Call me old-school, but I’d rather side with the U.S. Constitution writers – who preferred free speech and expression – than with the people who want to boycott a movie based on a fictional book.Or those who considered “Louie Louie” lyrics worthy of a federal investigation.The Kingsmen – what a bunch of dirty birds.One could only imagine what they meant by “Me gotta go.”If “Louie Louie” wasn’t bad enough for our immortal souls, Sony Pictures’ upcoming release of “The Da Vinci Code” has all kinds of folks up in arms these days.The Vatican’s Cardinal Francis Arinze, for one, is steaming mad. He wants all Christians to boycott the movie opening this Friday. And, better yet, he’s threatening legal action just to prove his point.When in Rome, sue as the Romans sue.In a Catholic News Service release, dateline Rome, Arinze said he’s not instructing Christians on what action to take against the Dan Brown best-seller, but rather to make people aware that “some know legal means which can be taken in order to get the other person to respect the rights of others.”I just heard Cartman from South Park say ” … you will respect my authoritah!” in my head.Cardinal Arinze also said, “Christians must not just sit back and say it is enough for us to forgive and forget … sometimes it is our duty to do something practical.”When it’s all said and done, “The Da Vinci Code” will likely have spent more time in court than Anna Nicole Smith.Suing a work of fiction – which means it includes imaginary content not based on fact – makes as much sense as a 26-year-old stripper marrying an 89-year-old billionaire.I’m sure the 89-year-old wasn’t complaining.Not only is the Vatican vocalizing its angst over “The Da Vinci Code,” but other religious leaders are stepping up to the plate to publicly knock the film.On Wednesday, in our nation’s capital, the newly-formed Interfaith Coalition Against The Da Vinci Code will hold a press conference denouncing and boycotting the Ron Howard movie starring Tom Hanks.Who knew Opie would grow up to cause such a fuss.And who would’ve thought Kip Wilson, and Buffy Wilson – depending on the attire – from “Bosom Buddies” would someday be so dangerous, too.Now that’s entertainment.April E. Clark would like everyone to know that Leonardo Da Vinci was in fact a real guy, but Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, the lead character in “The Da Vinci Code,” is a figment of Dan Brown’s imagination. She can be reached at 945-8515, ext. 518, or aclark@postindependent.com.


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