Da Vinci, Harry Potter, and Muhammad

Some people have nothing better to do with their lives then be upset about others, and seemingly have a very hard time distinguishing what is important or not. (So do I, of course 🙂

Dan Brown and The Da Vinci Code need no further introduction. It’s an entertaining book, but if it hadn’t been for The Catholic Church’s vehement opposition, we would probably have never heard about it. I have even heard a fairly neutral commentator refer to the book as “an attack on the church”. No, it’s not. It’s a novel. End of story.

The same applies to Harry Potter. Sure, I won’t teach my kids magic if I ever have any. And HP is not exactly the Bible. But come on, people, it’s not any worse than most other books—so of course, if you don’t read any other books, please, by all means, be offended. Just don’t make such a fuss about it to everyone else.

Recently, one of Denmark’s largest newspapers published a series of satirical drawings of Muhammad (peace be upon him). In hindsight, probably not a smart thing to do. But suddenly Muslims worldwide turned their attention to Denmark and made a case out of it with idiotically high proportions. Read BBC or Al Jazeera’s coverage. Again, if you don’t agree, laugh, shrug it off, and move on.

My message to all these people is short: Relax—it’s fiction. Get over it.


Author: Kenneth Mollerup Birch

Living north of Copenhagen, Denmark. MA in Information Science. Interests include communication, internet, sociology, language, politics, religion, theology, travel, music, and food.

6 thoughts on “Da Vinci, Harry Potter, and Muhammad”

  1. the only problem is that there are too many people out there who take things TOO seriously…

    it’s one of the reasons why we’ve become such a politically correct society…we’re breeding a generation of people who will be very good at saying…nothing.

  2. I think Da Vinci, Harry Potter and the Muhammad Pics are three very different cases. Yes, Da Vinci and Harry Potter are only novels and not to be understood as real attacks on the Church or Christians.

    Nevertheless, people might be affected by the books and start to question things they would never have thought of otherwise. Therefore, we should be aware of the books and keep ourselves up-to-date on their claims, even the fictional. But I certainly agree, some Christians tend to make it even worse by letting themselves be so strongly offended by it.

  3. If we are christians will see that this book isn’t good to read.
    We can pay more attention in the thing that are aroud us, the most important isn’t the book X or Y, but how many time we spend to reading the God’word, the bible!
    The coming of Jesus is very near and are we prepared?

  4. Bare lige to kommentarer.

    Enig, det er bare en historie, og helt sikkert ikke ment som et angreb på kirken

    Pga dens opbygning af historien og af facts, virker alt i den meget troværdigt. Jeg har snakket med folk, der ud fra denne roman har konkludret at dens udlægning af Jesus baggrund lyder meget mere fornuftigt, en det de har lært i kristendom undervisningen i skolen. Og det er ærgeligt..–>

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