A certain Richard Smith, posting on The Student Operated website, explains his fascination with The Da Vinci Code: "I have personally read the publication in question and thoroughly enjoyed it. In my opinion it was a well written piece of fiction. It is the type of book that is hard to put down. I reccommend it to everyone."
Smith is perturbed, however, that some people don't like the novel as much as he does. And he is further annoyed that some narrow-minded and intolerant people are actually planning peaceful protests of the cinematic version of the Coded Craziness, including an unidentified televangelist he saw denounce the book. Smith responds as all mature and civilized people do when faced with folks who don't agree with him: he resorts to name-calling and advocates bullying:
I did some research and found that this crackpot book-burner isn't alone. There are actually otherwise intelligent people planning on protesting this movie. It is a completely fictional story with fictional characters and yet there are still people who would like to see it suppressed. These are supposedly good Christians with only our best interests in mind.
I say don't listen to these people. Go out and watch this movie, regardless of your religious denomination, and enjoy it for what it is. A very well written piece of fiction.
Also, don't forget the eggs. You will need something to throw at the sign-wielding fools.
Ah, I think I understand Smith's stance now: people who participate in peaceful boycotts are trying to tell you what to do and deserve to be scorned, while people like Smith who tell you what to do ("Go out and watch this movie...") have only our best interests in mind. Which are, uh, to watch a movie that is simply fiction—which means it can only elicit and deserve positive responses, but never negative responses. Sounds logical to me. If he were open to elementary logic, Smith might benefit from the wise words sung by King's X many years ago (in a song titled "Legal Kill," one of the finest anti-abortion pop/rock songs ever written, IMHO):
i have trouble with the persons with the signs
but i feel the need to make my own
yes there are two ways to be
and truth does not depend on me