My son Bret and I attended a Stake fireside last night. It was advertised as answering questions about the Da Vinci Code. We were encouraged to bring our non-member friends.
The speaker was presented to be someone who was qualified to speak, being a "Historian" and other such things. WOW, were we in for a surprise!
The title of the fireside actually turned out to be "The great apostacy and the restoration". He mentioned the Da Vinci code a couple of times very very briefly. His total output about Mary, Mary Magdaline -worship was to say it was caused by the Roman belief in female gods.
This guy was so off base that he said that Constantine embraced Christianity and made it the state religion. (He didn’t, it actually took place later). And the one that blew Bret and I away was he said that within 25 years after Columbus arrived in 1492 that 90% of the Indians were wiped out. Yes, I re-read that last sentence and that really is what he said, he even had it on his overhead slide presentation.
Bret and I got up and left.
I am so glad we did not bring a non-member to this. I was embarrassed enough to have brought my son, it would have been so much worse with a non-member. As we were riding home Bret made the comment that one of the worst things about this whole thing was the members who would now go home and quote / teach / talk about what they learned last night. It was Stake sponsored, given by a real authority…so it must be right.
The scary thing to me is all those who attended and really didn’t have a clue, and those who actually brought a friend to learn what we think of the Da Vinci code and found out that the Catholic Inquisition lasted until 1828 with lots of gruesome pictures….I guess we’ll all have to wait for the movie and make our own opinions.