Prejudice via literature

minnow at minnow at
Thu Jan 20 07:14:49 EST 2005

JOdel wrote:

>> I ask because if I have understood rightly (and the book hasn't come my
>> way, so I haven't read it) _The Da Vinci Code_ has set up a group of people
>> who really exist, and used them as the villains.Ý Am I wrong?Ý Opus Dei?
>> It isn't that I am a member, or even that I know any, but that seems to me
>> to be a dangerous game to play, in that encouraging a dislike and
>>mistrust of
>> real people on the basis of a fictional account of their doings mixed in
>> a bit of fact (accurate data about when they were founded, where they are to
>> be found, that sort of thing) is altogether too likely to go too far.
>That anything like A. Conan Doyle in "The Vally of Fear" with the Mormons?
>Had to ask...

Durn, and there I was showing uncharacteristic tact by *not* mentioning that!

That was a pretty nasty example of the breed, yes, or at least I think it
was.  Just enough truth (real names, real places) to make it look as if it
were based in fact.


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