The BBC reports that Indian Catholics want the movie, The Da Vinci Code, banned.
“Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) activists will go on a fast unto death if the government fails to take action against anti-Christian movies,” CSF general secretary Joseph Dias told the BBC.
Mr Dias is quoted as saying, ” . . . Tempers are already running quite high and there’s no way of saying what could happen if the movie is released.”
I guess the Catholics would go on a rampage and burn down theatres. Eric Hoffer had noted that “when the weak want to give an impression of strength they hint menacingly at their capacity for evil. It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.”
It is a familiar tactic–threatening violence unless one’s wishes are not acceded to. Muslims most commonly use this because they, among all religious groups, are the quickest to take offense at all sorts of imagined slights to their religion. The other religious groups such as Hindus and Christians also resort to this but less frequently. The government more often than not responds by caving in to these unreasonable demands, not just to prevent the threatened violence but in cases where Muslims and Christians are concerned, to prove their “secular” credentials.
My conviction is that only those whose faith is on very shaky ground feel threatened by books and movies that cast doubt on those beliefs. Their violent reaction is indeed a sign of their own faithlessness and should be cause for some introspection. But whether they figure out their insecurities or not, is not such a major issue. What is a major issue is when the government capitulates and drives one more nail into the coffin of free speech and liberty.
Follow-up to this post: Please see “Still Laboring in Serfdom.”