Dawn reports that Pakistan Govt. has decided that "screening of the film [DaVinci Code], or possession of it on video cassettes or discs, was prohibited and unlawful" because it is "sacrilegious to all religions". Apparently, there have been protests and demonstrations...though, I haven't really seen anything in the Urdu press about it...and now everyone is happy!! Don't forget the book!
Save us, Haysuess.
They didn't want a repeat of the cartoon riots I guess..ironic since the only copies of the movie available would be pirated! I've heard blogger is banned again as well?
That's odd. I would think that a Muslim nation would be thrilled with a film that sets out to diminish the divinity of Jesus. After all, a Jesus who is only a great moral teacher is much more in light with the religious climate of Pakistan than that a belief in the Trinity.
@Andrew Reeves: FYI, Muslims have great respect for Jesus and Mary. See http://www.chapatimystery.com/archives/nabi.html#mary. The Pakistani blasphemy laws cover punishment for blasphemy against any of the 25 prophets mentioned in the Qur'an.