17 May 2006, 15:11
Russian priest calls to active public protest against Da Vinci Code
Moscow, May 17, Interfax - Archpriest Mikhail Kozlov, rector of St. Tatiana's at Moscow State University and associate professor of Moscow Theological Academy, has called upon the Orthodox public to stage an active democratic protest against the showing of Da Vinci Code in Russia.
'We should keep insisting that Da Vinci Code is a phenomenon of public consciousness that insults millions of our compatriots', Father Mikhail said to Interfax on Wednesday.
He proposed that Orthodox public organizations see to it by filing suits that each show of Da Vinci Code be preceded with a warning that 'to watch this film is to participate in sacrilege towards the Founder of Christian religion - the Lord Jesus Christ'.
The priest is convinced that not only the Russian Orthodox Church but most of other Christian confessions would subscribe to such a statement.
The rector of the university church also spoke in support of holding a campaign of filing claims against film distribution organizations for insulting religious feelings.
'The price of victory in this struggle can be expressed in roubles, but what is more important is to see to it that the assertion that Da Vinci Code presents slander and insult as facts of literature and cinematography becomes a fact of mass consciousness', Father Maxim noted.
He believes the principal negative consequence of the mass distribution of Da Vinci Code is that this film 'will make many people outside the church fold understand Christianity in a false light'.
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