Thursday, May 11, 2006


When the most powerful religious institution and faith in the world has to defend itself from fictional or conjectural portrayals of its own history -- which is unbelievable from its origins -- we must ask ourselves: How long until the edifice of the Catholic Church and the whole Christian faith crumbles forever?

Let's hope, not long.

POSTSCRIPT: One critic complains the Da Vinci Code is "blasphemy on steroids." Let me just say this, if you believe in democracy and free expression even a little bit, the word blasphemy should be stricken from your vocabulary. It is a dark, despicable word that conjures up the worst of Christianity and the bloody trail it left throughout Europe during the Inquisition. If this word remains within your religious vocabulary, you are nothing but a sadist. As Thomas Paine wrote incisively: "Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man." It's time to leave the Grand Inquisitor behind.