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'CLARIFY THAT IT IS FANTASY': OPUS DEI CALLS ON SONY TO OFFER DISCLAIMER ABOUT 'THE DA VINCI CODE'

 
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'CLARIFY THAT IT IS FANTASY': OPUS DEI CALLS ON SONY TO OFFER DISCLAIMER ABOUT 'THE DA VINCI CODE'
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The folks at Opus Dei are calling on Sony Pictures to offer a disclaimer [link to www.bloomberg.com] about 'The DaVinci Code' [link to www.apple.com] so people don't think the sect is just a band of nefarious [link to www.sploid.com] albinos [link to www.sploid.com]



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Opus Dei wants disclaimer on 'Da Vinci Code' film


Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST Apr. 15, 2006


Opus Dei, a conservative religious organization close to the Vatican, has told Sony that a disclaimer on the soon-to-be-released film based on The Da Vinci Code would show respect to Jesus and to the Catholic Church.

The runaway best-selling novel by Dan Brown portrays Opus Dei as a murderous, power-hungry sect. The story contends that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had descendants, and that Opus Dei and the Catholic Church were at the center of covering that up.

"Some media have written that Sony is examining the possibility of putting at the beginning of the film an announcement to clarify that it is a work of fantasy and that any similarity with reality is purely coincidental," Opus Dei said in a statement on its Italian Web site on Saturday.

"Any such decision by Sony would be a gesture of respect toward the figure of Jesus, to the history of the Church and to the religious beliefs of viewers," Opus Dei wrote in its letter.

The organization, which enjoyed the favor of the late Pope John Paul II, said it wrote to officials of Sony Corp. in Japan last week.


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Opus Dei Asks Sony, Shareholders for `Da Vinci' Film Disclaimer


April 14 (Bloomberg) -- Opus Dei, the Roman Catholic group portrayed as murderers in ``The Da Vinci Code,'' asked Sony Corp. to include a disclaimer in its upcoming film of the novel that would label the thriller as entirely fictional.

``Such a decision by Sony would be an expression of respect toward Jesus Christ, the history of the Church and the religious beliefs of viewers,'' Seizo Inahata of Opus Dei's Japan information office, wrote in an April 6 letter to Sony's Japanese shareholders, directors, employees and the Tokyo-based company.

Sony's adaptation of Dan Brown's 2003 novel, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, opens May 17 at the Cannes Film Festival in France. The tale of Opus Dei and the Vatican violently covering up Christianity's true origins has sold more than 40 million copies and sparked an outcry from Catholic groups that say the book distorts the religion.

``We haven't decided on a response to the letter and decline to comment on the issue at the moment,'' Sony spokesman Koji Kurata in Tokyo said. ``We received the letter from Opus Dei on April 6.''

Bloomberg News obtained a copy of the letter, in Spanish, from Opus Dei headquarters in Rome. Opus Dei, an organization of 84,000 laypeople and priests in some 60 countries, posted an unsigned version in Japanese on its Japan Web site.

The New York-based Catholic League has also called for Sony to add a disclaimer to the film, according to a March 21 news release from the group, which seeks to defend Catholics and the Church from discrimination.

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Opus Dei, in its letter to Sony, raises the possibility that the company's stock price could be hurt if Sony doesn't exhibit corporate values such as respect for peoples' beliefs. Corporations' intangible values ``consolidate their economic value in the capital markets because they guarantee stability,'' the letter says.

``Some media have written that Sony is weighing the possibility of including at the start of the film a disclaimer that would declare this a work of fiction and that any resemblance to reality is purely a coincidence,'' the letter says. It then endorses the idea.

``The novel mixes reality and fiction, and in the end, one doesn't know where the lines are between true deeds and invented deeds, so that the reader who knows little history can arrive at the wrong conclusions,'' the letter says.

Opus Dei's office in Japan didn't immediately respond to phone messages requesting additional comment on how the letter was distributed.

On April 7, a London court cleared Brown of allegations he plagiarized the plot from an earlier book. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, authors of the non-fiction ``The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail,'' sued Brown's publisher Random House Inc. for copyright infringement, claiming the author made millions from their theories that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and fathered a child, spawning a royal dynasty.


To contact the reporters on this story:
Vernon Silver in Rome at [email protected];
Daisuke Takato in Tokyo at [email protected]

Last Updated: April 14, 2006 08:57 EDT


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Catholic cult scared of Da Vinci Code film

The weirdo Catholic cult known as Opus Dei is trying to keep impressionable youngsters from seeing the big-screen adaption of "The Da Vinci Code."

In the bestselling novel, the chief villain is a psychotic monk who does contract killings for the Catholic Church -- and he's a member in good standing of Opus Dei.

A spokesman for the bizarre arch-conservative fanatics said, "Any adult can distinguish reality from fiction. But you cannot expect a child to make proper judgements."

But like any extremist cult, Opus Dei wouldn't exist without a ready supply of adults who have serious problems distinguishing reality from fiction.

Opus Dei is demanding the movie be rated Adults Only.

The weird offshoot of the Roman Church was founded in 1928 by a crazy Spaniard after he had mystical visions. The new pope, former Nazi Joseph Ratzinger, is a big fan of Opus Dei.


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February 16, 2006 at 04:47 AM


Da Vinci villain infuriates Albinos


The savage monk in the movie version of "The Da Vinci Code" has albino activists hopping mad.

"Silas is just another in a long and insulting string of Hollywood's dependence on the stereotyped evil albino," writes Simon Houpt in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper.

In the best-selling book by Dan Brown, a fanatic albino monk called Silas does contract killings for the Vatican ... all to protect the Holy See's darkest secrets.

Dermatologist and film buff Dr. Vail Reese agrees.

"The problem is linking this type of character, as have so many previous movies, with the genetic condition oculocutaneous albinism," the doctor wrote on his website.

"It won't even help if Howard includes Silas' back-story, where his lethal tendencies are explained because he was raised as a misunderstood albino. Stigmatized because of his albinism, it follows naturally that he becomes a psychopathic masochistic merciless violent zealot."

Dr. Reese says he wished the big-budget movie didn't make Silas a "sinister stereotype" like so many other albino bad guys in the movies.

Meanwhile, the Catholic chapter known as Opus Dei has formally demanded that certain scenes be cut from the movie.

"The Da Vinci Code offers a deformed image of the Catholic Church," Opus Dei announced to the BBC.
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They should put a disclaimer in the bible for the fiction that it is!
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Re: 'CLARIFY THAT IT IS FANTASY': OPUS DEI CALLS ON SONY TO OFFER DISCLAIMER ABOUT 'THE DA VINCI CODE'
I'm pretty sure like all movies based on books, it will say: Based on the Novel "The Davinci Code"....blah blah blah.
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Re: 'CLARIFY THAT IT IS FANTASY': OPUS DEI CALLS ON SONY TO OFFER DISCLAIMER ABOUT 'THE DA VINCI CODE'
Thanks for the post. Saw this article yesterday and was LMAO when I read it. I guess my question is this:

Why do these secret, elite cults that never want to explain what they're doing and keep their activities hidden always want full disclosure from others?

Makes no sense whatsoever.

Like Bush wanting to listen in on everyone while no one can hear him plotting to invade Iran.