Sep 21, 2009

Dan Brown Bashes Religious Right

Read Dan Brown's new book, The Lost Symbol (DoubleDay, 2009), and a passage hit home like Lewis Lapham during the Bush years.

It's great reading an author, feeling like he just read your mind.

Writes Brown:

From the Crusades, to the Inquisition, to American politics—the name Jesus had been hijacked as an ally in all kinds of power struggles. Since the beginning of time, the ignorant had always screamed the loudest, herding the unsuspecting masses and forcing them to do their bidding. They defended their worldly desires by citing Scripture they did not understand. They celebrated their intolerance as proof of their convictions. Now, after all these years, mankind had finally managed to utterly erode everything that had once been so beautiful about Jesus.
- p 327

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