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Monday, 29 May 2006
Code comfort

I know we shouldn’t talk about it, but, as the BBC said the other day, an astonishing 50 million people have read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, some without even moving their lips. Here’s Charles Moore. I particularly like the last sentence:

This [Spectator’s Notes] column has not been kind to The Da Vinci Code, but it strikes me that there is a useful lesson to be derived from Dan Brown’s fiction. His idea that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children, a line of descent ending up with gorgeous Parisian police cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), shows the wisdom of the Catholic Church in insisting on priestly celibacy. Where families and power meet, dynasties are created; and where dynasties are created, rivalries abound; and where rivalries abound, killing and war ensue. The history of Christianity has been bloody enough as it is; imagine what it would have been like if Christ really had had children. Actually, you don’t need to imagine it — you can simply study the history of Islam. Because Mohammed had many wives and many children (though no surviving son), there was, almost from the beginning, a dispute about who was his rightful successor (caliph). That is why Sunnis and Shias fight one another to this day.

For his next novel, Brown should ‘uncover’ an amazing Muslim conspiracy to conceal the fact that Mohammed had no children and that the early caliphs made it up. That should do a roaring trade at airport bookstalls.

Posted on 05/29/2006 6:33 AM by Mary Jackson
31 May 2006
Send an emailmahdihotline
Yes, I always would have thought that it was the leftists who were the rebels, who 'spoke truth to power', who did not toe the party line, but in actual fact, as can be seen today, they are the the greatest toadies and totalitarism-enablers, and it the conservatives who dare go against the mores of the times. Hmmm.

31 May 2006
Send an emailjonz
Charles Moore, Spectator, I call that Pimm's o'clock! Why is it up to conservative alllied publications to say things beyond the 'accepted' social boundaries, in a funny and entertaining way? Imagine a grovelling equivalent at The Independent or Al-Guardian. How much better formed Islam is for this lineage, etc etc

30 May 2006
Send an emailjohn utting
rest assured, the brown guys with towels wrapped around their heads [musnt mention the M word], would find something else to kill each other over [and every body else]look at fateh and hamas for instance.the stupid saps in hamas didnt realise that if western aid was stopped they woudnt be able to pay anybodies wages.'oh hell!what we gonna do?i know,lets kill each other,then nobody will keep saying 'wheres the money.yusef?' hell,i dont know mo,its suppsed to come through the post.'lol john

29 May 2006
Send an emailRobert Bove
Is there a Mrs. Brown? Did she have any kids?