Muslims get in on the Da Vinci Code action

Reuters reports:

A powerful organization of Indian Islamic clerics promised on Monday to help Christian groups launch protests if the authorities did not ban the screening of the controversial film, “The Da Vinci Code.”

Protest in India against the film have so far been low key, but several Catholic groups have threatened to stage street demonstrations and even to shut down cinema halls screening it. . . .

In India, leaders of the two communities met politicians and police in the western city of Mumbai on Saturday, urging the authorities to stop the screening of the film.

“If the government doesn’t do anything, we will try our own ways of stopping the film from being shown,” said Syed Noori, president of Mumbai-based Raza Academy, a Muslim cultural organization that often organizes protests on issues concerning Islam. “We are prepared for violent protests in India if needed.”

Oh joy.

And it’s not just the book’s heretical content that has the guys at Raza so upset. A press release at their own website says:

The Sony Entertainment Television is slated to release a picture titled “Da Vinci Code” on the 17th of May 2006. AS you are aware Islam prohibits any time of photography and to make a film of the Prophets is totally unacceptable to us.

So we’re back to that old debate.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • Geosomin

    Um…I think violence would be…well,an absurd response to a film. Well maybe if you were strapped down a la Clockwork Orange and forced to watch it maybe, but that is the only reason I can think of…

  • Stuckwidiot2

    Muslims keep telling us that Islam means “Peace”. Just another example of how they are so filled with Peace I guess.