The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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May 22, 2006

5-21 Apparently So parenting column by Craig Harris

I did not want to write about The Da Vinci Code. I didn’t want to because I fear the more publicity it gets, the more people will read the book or go see the movie.

But then my son announced that he wanted to read the book. He has gotten caught up in the hoopla. He is an excellent reader and mature enough to handle it, but I’ve decided to ask him to pass on this one.

At first, I thought it might be okay for him to read it. He and I watched the History Channel dismantle the foolishness of a blood line from Jesus’ marriage to Mary Magdalene. It turns out the Priory of Sion, on which the entire Da Vinci Code book is written, is a hoax. The author of the hoax, a Frenchman named Pierre Plantard, admitted under oath that he made up the whole thing in 1956. There is no bloodline and there is no Priory of Sion protecting the devastating secret. Leonardo Da Vinci was never part of that secret society because it didn’t even exist during his lifetime, so the issue of his hiding a secret in the Last Supper fresco is dead on the plaster.

No respectable art scholar believes that John in the Last Supper painting is really Mary Magdalene — and that she is actually the Holy Grail. By the way, the Holy Grail is not mentioned in the Bible, so it’s a non-issue with me, but I do know that Mary Magdalene never married Jesus. If she did, the gospel writers would have recorded such an important part of the story, and Paul would have mentioned it to strengthen his case in 1 Corinthians 9:5. Besides, Revelation 19 says that we (the church) are the bride of Christ.

So, like I said, at first I thought I would let my son read the book. He knew the basic premise of the book was a hoax — even though Brown states it as fact on page one. Then I got a copy of the book and began to discover how full of lies and deceit it really is.

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