Someone forwarded me a link to this blog post by Aziz Poonawalla about TDVCode and the "religious right", a term that he apparently has a fondness for. He believes that Leonardo da Vinci's art is indeed subversive and he ends up linking it, quite absurdly, with how rotten he thinks the Bush administration is, concluding:
I think that The DaVinci Code, as a movie, will become a rallying-point. For both sides in the culture war that the religious right seeks to provoke.
UPDATE: I thought I was quite clear in the post above, but judging from some of the reaction in comments, trackback, and email, I guess not. The DaVinci Code is indeed a work of fiction, and is indeed based on historical fact and art history. The fiction part is the global conspiracy to hide the living descendants of Jesus Christ. The factual truth part is the description of details in Leonardo's works of art that do not jibe with mainstream Christian interpretation. Believe or not, you can not deny that The Last Supper, and The Mona Lisa, are subversive works, despite the varnish of orthodoxy applied to them in subsequent centuries.
Does he mean to say that he will not allow me to deny that Leonardo's artwork is subversive and heretical? And I thought it was only the "religous right" that told people how to think, act, live, and comb their hair! The only problem with Mr. Poonawalla's statements about Leonardo and his artwork is that no art critic or art professor takes them seriously. Quite to the contrary, as The Da Vinci Hoax shows. I wonder if his reaction might be different if the religion being defamed was not Christianity, but Islam?