I like what Aziz wrote about a photograph -- it appeared in the Washington Post's Outlook Section, among other places -- of U.S. soldiers sitting in a Mosque in Fallujah, shoes on, weapons in hand. On Sunday, I ran into one Muslim friend who, as it happened, was deeply offended by the picture (or feigning offense to try to draw me into an argument -- sometimes it's difficult to tell). I wish I'd had a copy of this article to show him for comparison.
Meanwhile, Aziz seems to be considering what may be a serious ramification of that otherwise silly Da Vinci Code book. If past is prologue, I fully expect that the movie will sink or swim on its merits as a film, although any controversy will likely boost it somewhat. Anyone who's sat all the way through the charmless Last Temptation of Christ -- with its hipster doofus James, method mobster Judas, and lizard king Pilate, among other badly miscast characters -- did so, I suspect, more to pique the religious right than out of any desire for intellectual engagement or aesthetic pleasure.Posted by Ideofact at November 16, 2004 11:59 PM