Da Vinci Code Fact and Fiction Part 4

Lewis perdue has posted a blog that gives all the details of his lawsuit in detail
This is a must read. It has all the details of Random House attempts to get the lawsuit dropped
http://www.davincicrock.blogspot.com/

Da Vinci Code Fact and Fiction Part 3

Dan Brown is being sued for plagiarism by two different groups.

Look at this link for more details.
http://arthistory.about.com/b/a/116985.htm

The books involved are, Holy blood Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, published in 1983, and The Da Vinci Legacy By Lewis Perdue Originally Published 1983, Pinnacle Books

The Holy Blood Holy Grail uses the same research as The Da Vinci Code but states it as fact.

The Da Vinci Legacy is a novel with striking similarities to The Da Vinci Code
I will be going into more about The Da Vinci Code in subsequent posts

Da Vinci Code Fact and Fiction Part 2

We begin in the prologue of “Da Vinci Code” The curator of the Louvre Jacques Sauniere is being murdered by a giant albino. He pulls a painting from the wall and it triggers an alarm and dropped protective gates into place. The albino can’t get close to him now and leaves him to die. The albino says he killed three other associates of Sauniere. They are the keepers of the secrets of a ancient society. If he dies a secret will die with him. More on the secret later

The choice of Sauniere as a name for the curator seems contrived; it is also the name of an obscure French priest that supposedly discovered some Knights Templar treasure and documents. Follow this link for more on this http://www.crystalinks.com/rennes.html Notice that this is a new age website.

Sauniere now sets out to find a way to pass on the secret

“Staggering to his feet, he pictured his three murdered brethren. He thought of the generations who had come before them… of the mission with which they had all been entrusted. An unbroken chain of knowledge. Suddenly, now, despite all the precautions… despite all the fail-safes… Jacques Sauniere was the only remaining link, the sole guardian of one of the most powerful secrets ever kept. Shivering, he pulled himself to his feet. I must find some way….”

Dan Brown © “Da Vinci Code” 2003

More later this may take a while
Bud

Da Vinci Code Fact and Fiction Part 1

Is the Da Vinci Code dangerous? No or yes.

If it is read strictly as a work of fiction then no it’s not. The problem is that most of the readers will have a hard time separating fact from fiction. In this day of pseudo spirituality this book can cause the uniformed to be led down a dangerous path. The societies and rituals in the book may be based on fact but the way they are presented is far from the true reality.

The Da Vinci Code will soon be made into a movie; this on top of the 17 million copies printed will deceive more gullible people. People are looking for something to titillate their imagination and this book will certainly do that. Is it just a novel? Yes it is even Dan Brown states that on his website. However in the beginning of the book is this statement

“Fact:

The Priory of Sion–a European secret society founded in 1099–is a real organization. In 1975 Paris’s Bibliotheque Nationale discovered parchments known as Les Dossiers Secrets , identifying numerous members of the Priory of Sion, including Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Leonardo da Vinci.
The Vatican prelature known as Opus Dei is a deeply devout Catholic sect that has been the topic of recent controversy due to reports of brainwashing, coercion, and a dangerous practice known as “corporal mortification.” Opus Dei has just completed construction of a $47 million World Headquarters at 243 Lexington Avenue in New York City. All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.”

Dan Brown 2003 “Da Vinci Code”

This statement gives credibility for the falsehoods that are in this book. I will be posting more on this soon. I’ll take it a step at a time so the facts will be easy to ascertain

The Money Changers Are In The Temple part 8

This is a follow up


Cleric admits scam of his parishioners
Craig HarrisThe Arizona RepublicMar. 22, 2005 12:00 AM As a pastor, Douglas Sanchez was supposed to care for the elderly and disabled.Instead, the minister duped them and others into a $1 million financial scheme that could land him in prison for a dozen years. The Mesa man last week admitted that he was guilty of nine felony charges, including theft and fraudulent schemes, as part of a plea bargain. Sentencing is set for April 8, in Maricopa County Superior Court before Judge Michael Wilkinson. “At least he acknowledged he did it. Up until now, he said he was innocent,” said Carol Butler, who invested more than $220,000 in Sanchez’s decade-long scam, which included promissory notes and investment contracts. Investigators said Sanchez preyed upon members of his congregations, including those who were older and handicapped.He promised members much higher returns than they could get anywhere else. He also used his company, DMS Power Cash Flow, as a conduit for the notes and contracts, according to investigators.Arizona’s assistant attorney general, Theodore Campagnolo, said the plea agreement calls for Sanchez to serve three to 12.5 years in prison and up to seven years of probation. The typical sentence is five years. The settlement allowed 15 other charges to be dropped. Sanchez, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulent schemes, four counts of theft, two counts of taking the identity of another and two counts of illegal control of an enterprise. His attorney could not be reached.The plea agreement said the crimes occurred between Jan. 1, 1994, and Dec. 31, 2003, and it calls for Sanchez to pay $1.1 million in restitution. The Arizona Corporation Commission first investigated Sanchez and ordered him in 2003 to repay nearly $900,000 to 14 investors.

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