Angels and Demons

 

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The Catholic Church in India has demanded a ban on the release of a film based on Dan Brown’s bestseller “Angels and Demons”, alleging that it was an attempt to malign the Christian faith.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), the apex body of Catholic Church in the country, also warned that the film’s “unqualified” release in the country can cause “disquiet” within the community and it is “disturbed” at this.

“We ask for banning of the controversial film in India where Christianity is still in the process of being understood by large section of society,” Stanislaus Fernandes, Secretary General of CBCI, said in a letter to Censor Board Chairperson Sharmila Tagore.

“To present the Holy Bible and its sacred messages in a distorted manner is an insult to Christianity and its followers, not only in India but also all over the world,” he said. The film will be released in the country on May 15.

Mr. Fernandes said the CBCI was “disturbed” as the film “attempts to malign Christians and their faith through deliberate distortion of facts”.

“Angels and Demons” is a mystery-thriller which revolves around the quest of fictional Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon to unravel the mysteries of a secret society called the Illuminati and to prevent a plot from annihilating Vatican City.

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  1. Correction:
    Hello carpet, Just saw the article title and was curious, since I have read the novel atleast 5 times!! This is another case of a book misunderstood, just because it revolves around a pope and few characters from Vatican. No one who saw the last Dan Brown novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’ brought on silverscreen by Ron Howard, will say that it was blasphemous. Infact, it brought Jesus Christ closer to our hearts. In the discussed novel too several lesser known papal rituals have been described with simplicity and care that can be attributed to good faith and understanding. In the novel, the passing triumph of evil is portrayed with all its gore only to lead to its sorry downfall.
    Why don’t we let our people just watch the movie and decide? Why ban it and give it undue publicity? A great Hollywood star like Tom Hanks would be insane to get into an anti-faith project if he weren’t sure about the script being right. Those who think the movie is evil can just avoid it. Phew.

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  2. I do wonder what is wrong with all these organizations that demand banning a movie just for the reasons that they feel it may harm their propaganda. Film is an art and art needs its creative space. Of course there has to be some boundaries for this creative space.
    But who should determine the boundaries. Whether it is the body which is set for the purpose or certain groups which claim to be the guardians of the human souls.
    There was a lot of hue and cry on Da Vinci code. When it came out as a book, as well as it was adapted to the silver screen. The religious leaders demanded the ban as if it would bring an end to their religion in the world. They said it would mislead the devotees to lose faith, put their institutions in bad light. Of course we know and have heard that film is a powerful medium. But is it so powerful that it can change the minds of millions of people just by one film view. If so I really wonder why so many movies that are made against the social evils worldwide are not able to bring in the desiredsocial change. Why we are not in a better world by now.
    Both the Da Vinci code Book and Film are read and seen by millions of people around the world. Whether it brought an end to the religion or any religious institution? I hardly doubt if there were any instances where the viewers or readers of Da Vinci code decided to denounce their religion. I have heard many of my religious friends saying that the movie indeed make them bond with the god more. Whether they bond more or not surely the religion in question did not have any set back due to the Da Vinci code syndrome.
    Now once again the book “Angels and Demons” of the same author is adapted to the silver screen. And as expected there is demand for banning the movie. Now our religious leaders have had their way. In India they have agreed to release of the movie if censor board cut certain scenes and give it an “A” certificate.
    I don’t know when our religious leaders will come out of the fear psychosis. Why they so strongly believe that people cannot decide what is right and wrong, what amount to fiction and nonfiction, why they fear so much of losing their base just because of a film. Why they don’t have confidence in themselves or their institution or on the disciples.
    It is unfortunate that the groups like this can dictate terms to censor board.

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  3. I don’t have to read any of Brown’s novels to know for a FACT, a very obvious fact I might add that religion is and has always been propaganda rooted in superstition. Take jesus for example, if he really existed where are his remains….oh I forgot he was resurrected and went to some mythical place the zealots called heaven, HOW CONVENIENT. Wow, I wish my thesis was that easy to write, and how about mathematical proofs, who needs them, when we have the vatican *rolleyes*

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