Cardinal Hints at Legal Action Against 'Da Vinci Code'

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Denouncing "The Da Vinci Code," a Roman Catholic cardinal who was considered a contender for pope last year made an apparent reference to violent Muslim protests to cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, Reuters reported. Suggesting legal action against the best-selling Dan Brown novel and the forthcoming movie, Cardinal Francis Arinze, a Nigerian, demanded "that we should be respected, our religious beliefs respected, and our founder Jesus Christ respected." Without elaborating on the legal means he had in mind, he said: "Those who blaspheme Christ and get away with it are exploiting the Christian readiness to forgive and to love even those who insult us. There are some other religions which, if you insult their founder, they will not be just talking. They will make it painfully clear to you."

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