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17 May 2006 :: 14:05:01 pm 33439

Christian groups call for “Da Vinci Code” film banned

BANGKOK, May 16 (TNA) - Representatives of some Protestant Christian churches in Thailand have petitioned caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathirathai in his capacity as caretaker Minister of Culture, urging that the Thai government ban the commercial release of the movie "The Da Vinci Code."
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   The movie based on the bestselling novel by Dan Brown is due for commercial release in Thailand on Thursday (May 18).

   Some Protestant Christian groups are concerned that it misrepresents both religious understanding and history, but other Christians simply accept that the novel is a work of fiction.

   Dr. Manoch Jaengmuk, chairman of the United Christian Church of Baptism of Thailand, said the petition followed consultations among the Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand (EFT), among the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT), the Baptist Union of Thailand, the Seventh Day Adventists‘ Foundation of Thailand and the United Christian Church of Baptism of Thailand.

   The organisations agreed that both the content of the novel and the film constitute blasphemy in portraying Jesus Christ as an ordinary human being and not the Divine Son of God as most followers of the Christian faith believe.

   It also insults the concept of the Christ for stating that Jesus married and fathered a child with Mary Magdelene, an idea the complainants said is a groundless story.

   While Protestant Christian groups are concerned that it misrepresents both religious understanding and history and should be banned by the Royal Thai Police, some other Christians simply accept that the novel is a work of fiction.

   A Roman Catholic media specialist, however, did not agree with the proposed ban. Catholic Social Communications of Thailand director Vorayut Kitbamrung was reported by the Bangkok Post as saying that while he sympathised with the Protestant action, screenings of the film should simply warn that the film is based solely on fiction. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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