The Da Vinci Code and Censorship

Written by Danny Rosenbaum

I must be one ofrepparttar few people yet to read 'The Da Vinci Code'. So, it is perhaps strange that I should be found pontificating about it. But since when haverepparttar 132346 facts got inrepparttar 132347 way of a good story?

The best-seller has just been banned in Lebanon after complaints by Catholic leaders that it was offensive to Christianity.

Father Abdou Abu Kasm, president of Lebanon's Catholic Information Centre, is reported to have describedrepparttar 132348 contents ofrepparttar 132349 book as "insulting". "There are paragraphs that touchrepparttar 132350 very roots ofrepparttar 132351 Christian religion... they say Jesus Christ had a sexual relationship with Mary Magdalene, that they had children. Those things are difficult for us to accept, even if it's supposed to be fiction," he said.

'The Da Vinci Code' had sold in great numbers in Lebanon where about a third ofrepparttar 132352 population are Christian.

There are many sub-sets of censorship, but one way of boiling this thorny issue down is to split secular and religious censorship. Secular censorship has often tried to protect us from ourselves, withrepparttar 132353 result being that future classics, like James Joyce's 'Ulysses' and D.H. Lawrence's 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' were banned initially. It has also been used by authorities such as Napoleon III and Nazi Germany as a tool to maintainrepparttar 132354 status quo.

Religious censorship has often revolved aroundrepparttar 132355 notion of image. In early Christianity, for example,repparttar 132356 feet ofrepparttar 132357 saints andrepparttar 132358 Virgin Mary could not be shown bare. Inrepparttar 132359 17th Century, Bartolome Murillo, a great painter of religious subjects, sufferedrepparttar 132360 wrath ofrepparttar 132361 Spanish inquisition for "suggesting thatrepparttar 132362 Madonna had toes".

I suppose I have always instinctively felt thatrepparttar 132363 essence of civilisation was to allow fredom of expression.

Inrepparttar 132364 realm of 'fact' whether books, or documentaries, for example, we have a variety of laws such as libel, privacy, incitement to racial hatred to protect society. Like all laws they are imperfect, but nevertheless they are rightly there to prevent people from peddling hatred and lies.

How to find a good dating site.

Written by Leif Croonquist

Seems like everywhere we surf onrepparttar Internet nowadays we run across this little advertisement: 'Free online personals'. They are everywhere, they are dating sites, and more are opening up shop every day. Welcome torepparttar 132345 newest internet gold rush. More and more people are signing up to these new and "free" dating sites. What they are really getting is a place onrepparttar 132346 web where they can post their profile and let strangers contact them. As more and more dating sites pile up onrepparttar 132347 web, more people are ending up with very distasteful experiences because of this. Why? 99% of today's (and tomorrow's) dating sites do not screen their members at all. This means there are sex offenders, predators, scam artists mixed in with genuine people who are looking to find a match. Dating services need to be very discretionary and much safer, until that time comes here are some important things to consider when thinking about joining a dating site. 1). Examinerepparttar 132348 site's physical properties. Is it poorly constructed with missing graphics or jagged fonts, mis-aligned sections? If so, this indicates a lack of attention to detail inrepparttar 132349 construction and layout ofrepparttar 132350 site. It may have been pre purchased andrepparttar 132351 owner does not haverepparttar 132352 skill to alter it correctly. Why would you care? Well, a site in a state like this gives a clue that repparttar 132353 back end program probably is also in a state of disarray or disregard. Ifrepparttar 132354 webmaster cannot constructrepparttar 132355 face ofrepparttar 132356 site, then it is likely they cannot also construct important safety features behindrepparttar 132357 site. A hacker then could easily penetrate it and get your personal information including your photo. If you eventually pay this site, your credit information could be stolen as well! A nicely designed site means careful construction and a better chance of good quality code runningrepparttar 132358 site inrepparttar 132359 background. 2). Look at some sample profiles onrepparttar 132360 site before you sign up by running a quick search. Dorepparttar 132361 profiles look a little bogus? A lot of them are. Many sites (especially new ones that have just started up) pad their membership database with photos of models or random (usually good-looking people) to attract new members. Dorepparttar 132362 profiles have a lot of jibberish characters or nonsensical phrases in

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