I'm so conflicted

On the one hand, I find the whole Da Vinci Code phenomenon pretty irritating. It sounded like a rather dumb book, and -- at least from skimming through it at the bookstore -- not a particularly well-written one. So the fact that it's spawned this entire cottage industry -- Da Vinci Code spin-off books and television shows discussing the "theories" of the code and even a travel guide for people who want to take a Da Vinci-themed vacation -- well, it just seems like a little much.

But now that the evangelical Christians are all worked up over the book -- and movie's -- blasphemy? I kind of want to jump on the Da Vinci bandwagon. Usually if these people hate something, it means it's awesome, like The Last Temptation of Christ, or rock music, or dancing.

"'Christians are under no obligation to pay for what Hollywood dishes out, especially a movie that slanders Jesus Christ and the church,' said Robert H. Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America, a conservative Christian group based in Washington.

"'I don't have to see 'The Devil in Miss Jones' to know it's pornography, and I don't have to see 'The Da Vinci Code' to know that it's blasphemous,' said Mr. Knight, who plans to join religious leaders from groups like Human Life International and Movieguide in Washington on May 17 to announce boycott plans.

My favorite protest idea they've come up with is an "othercott," in which they go see a different movie on the day Da Vinci opens, like Over the Hedge. Although I'm not sure why they picked Over the Hedge, a movie that features talking animals. That sounds a lot like withcraft to me.

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