Worldwide protests over The Da Vinci Code continued to be mounted Wednesday in advance of the film's official premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next week. In Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India about 2,000 members of the Catholic Secular Forum and their supporters marched through the streets, many displaying placards reading, "Stop Hurting Our Faith," while others vowed to stage a hunger strike "until death." In the predominantly Catholic Philippines, it appeared that the government was about to ban the film after Eduardo Ermita, executive secretary to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, remarked that "we should do everything not to allow it to be shown." Even in Muslim Jordan, the country's Council of Churches called for the film to be banned as blasphemous.  


11/05/2006