When I blogged over the fuss and furor surrounding The Da Vinci Code not so long ago, I expressed the thought that the movie would be, like the book IMO, not very good. In fact, I went as far as to speculate that it might be "almost as atrocious as Mission Impossible." Well, we went last week ... in a rush ... just before we rushed to the cottage and then rushed back and then rushed around.
Most critics seem to be panning the movie, so I wasn't expecting to like it, but I did. For me, it was a dang sight better than a lot of Hollywood's efforts. Maybe it helped to have read the book. Maybe it would have been hard to follow for others. I don't know, but I thought it was a decent flick, and I'm glad that I went.
In fact, I think I liked it better than the book ... although that isn't necessarily saying a lot.
And yes, I still think that The Church is safe.
Following are excerpts from today's lead editorial in The Toronto Star. It reflects concerns of many Canadians about how we are perceived south of the border. I presume that I am safe to post this much content under the laws of copyright, but I am no expert in the matter. It seems pointless to try to rephrase it all, but
perhaps I am simply too lazy. A point of note: part of what I chose to snip was at pains to declare that this was not true of the White House and President Bush who seem to understand and appreciate the situation.
Canada just cannot seem to shake a widely held myth in the United States that it is soft on terrorism and an open "gateway" to be exploited by potential attackers.
Despite the arrest last Friday of 17 Ontario men and youths on terror-related charges, there is still much ill-informed grumbling about Canadian weakness by commentators on U.S. television programs and from several irresponsible, but high-profile, politicians ...
Portraying Canada as a source of danger conveys an utterly false impression of this country's deep commitment to maintaining order and to waging a war on terror.
The arrests and security measures on display last weekend reveal that Canada is prepared to defend its values, institutions and people from those who would do them harm.
This nation's much criticized immigration system is surely no worse, and its border security no more porous, than that of the United States ...