Sunday, May 14, 2006

Why Jews should find something else to worry about besides The Davinci Code

David Kinghoffer is getting thevapors:

Why Jews Should Worry About ‘The Da Vinci Code’

David Klinghoffer

With the release of the Sony Pictures version of Dan Brown’s mega-selling “The Da Vinci Code” in two weeks, worries continue to mount among traditional Christians about both the book’s and the movie’s impact. Should non-Christians be concerned?

Yes, we should. Jews in particular need to be aware of the gift Brown has given, in all innocence, to anti-Semites.

Klinghoffer's logic is basically this:
  • The story is about a secret society whose beliefs are opposed to that of the Roman Catholic Church and who belive that the Catholic Church suppressed the truth in order to take over the world.
  • The Jews have beliefs that are opposed to the Roman Catholic Church
  • Anti-Semites in the past have used the imagry of a secret society of Jews who want to take over the world. ("Protocols of the Elders of Zion")

Therefore, the Davinci Code will foment anti-semitism.

The flaws in this line of reasoning should be obvious.

In fact, I doubt that Kinghoffer even read the book, which shouldn't be too hard of a task, adter all, it's a simple action-adventure thriller, not some sort of heavy philosophical tome.

Here is a commentary on Mr. Klinghoffer's words:

In both conspiracy theories (i.e the antisemitic "protocols," and Dan Brown's "Priory of Sion"), an ancient world religion turns out to be a massive fraud perpetrated to gain or maintain power.

In the Book, the Priory of Sion is depicted as a very low-profile organization, more interested in keeping its secret than in any sort of world domination.

Meanwhile the Catholic Church plots to suppress forever the truth about the “sacred feminine.” Opus Dei is willing to go to any lengths, including murder, to keep the male church hierarchy in power.
This is not the story!!! Read the f---ing book!


The the story, both the Vatican and the head of Opus Dei are played for suckers by a secular historian, who wants the secret of the Holy Grail revealed, and who thinks that the Priory of Sion is not willing to do so. In fact, the Vatican comes off in Brown's fantasy as being rather progressive -- they want to disassociate themselves from Opus Dei becuase of it's aggressive recruiting, old-fashioned view of the role of women, and it's, shall we say, lax supervision of those undergoing corporeal mortification. The head of the Opus Dei, Bishop Aringarosa, wants to find the Grail and save the Church by destroying its secret, but when he finds out that his mad monk was manipulated (by the secular guy, no less) into killing a bunch of members of the Priory, he is aghast, and ends up giving a whole bunch of money to their survivors.

The real villain is a secular guy, not the Catholic Church, not Opus Dei, not the Priory of Sion.

I really wish someone would point this out, as there's is going to be an increased flow of BS on this matter now that the release of the movie is imminent.

Rather than taking traditional Christian beliefs at face value and arguing against them (as I do in my current book, by the way), Brown portrays the religion itself as resting upon a conscious deception. That excuses him from having to make arguments at all.

Anti-Semites do the same thing. Rather than coming out honestly against Darwinism or Marxism or modernity in general, they concoct a story about Judaism as a lie and a conspiracy.
I don't see how claiming that the Council of Nicaea perpetrated a hoax to rule the world (whether that's really true or not) is the equivalent to claiming that the Jews perpetrated Darwinism or Marxism in order to rule the world (which is definitely not true). The historic record shows that the Catholic church eliminated Gnostic Christians. The historic record also shows that Judaism has nothing to do with Darwinism or Marxism. (Darwin was an ordained Anglican minister and Marx was a Christian of Jewish origin who more of less rejected his Jewish heritiage.)
Yet to the cause of conspiracy theorizing, he has done a wonderful favor, training his readers in the habits of paranoia and gullibility. For people committed to finding the truth through investigation and argumentation, that’s depressing.
Americans don't need Dan Brown to "train" themselves into habits of paranoia and gullibility. Look at the results of the last several elections.
As for Jews, we haven’t fared well when the culture we live in turns to entertaining fantasies and delusions at the expense of an unfashionable religion. The success of Brown’s book, now transformed into a movie blockbuster, is bad news indeed.
Oh, Mr. Klinghoffer, get a life. Since when are either Judaism or Catholicism "unfashionable?" Even a secular apikoris like me fnds value in Jewish observance, and the same goes for most fo the Cotholics I know, who roll their eyes about some of the theological pronouncements of Pope Bennie, but who send their kids to parochial school and are at Mass every sunday.

Both Chrstianity and Judaism have an element of BS, and people have been pointing that out for at least a couple hundred years. And, in balance, the Jews have been doing quite well, thank you. And, after all, the "unfashionable relgions" themselves entertain lots of "delusions and fantasies" interspersed among the valuable ethical teachings and powerful mythos.


Blogger Reb Yudel said...

But Klinghoffer basically does believe that Darwinism is a hoax.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:47 PM  
Blogger Conservative Apikoris said...

But Klinghoffer basically does believe that Darwinism is a hoax.

Tell me more about Mr. Klinghoffer, please. I seem to have some vague idea that he's some sort of Jewish wingnut, but beyond that I don't know much.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Seven Star Hand said...

Hello Conservative Apikoris,

There's a bit more to the story of the Vatican's reaction than most are yet aware of. Read my missive below to understand what they truly fear. It's not the DaVinci Code or Gospel of Judas per se, but the fact that people have been motivated to seek out the unequivocal truth about an age of deception, exactly when they expect me to appear. Seek to understand the symbolic significance of my name (Seven Star Hand) and you will have proof beyond disproof that Christians have long been duped by the great deceivers I warned humanity about over the millennia.

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11:50 PM  
Blogger blueenclave said...

Excellent title. Klinghoffer's argument is also nonsense because people turned off by the authoritarian tendencies of the Catholic Church will not see the same authoritarian tendencies in the Jews they know. Although we are supposed to have a great respect for Torah scholars, a more educated populace will improve the quality of its gdolim. It is not a threat to them. The Catholics have a limited number of priests to go around.

3:44 PM  

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