Based on the latest reports from the Middle East, it appears that no one in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt will legally be able to see The Da Vinci Code when it explodes all over the world this weekend. The censorship, however, has nothing to do with the conservative, Islamic values that those of us in the West tend to associated with that region of the world. Instead, the opposition has come from Christians who, like many Americans and Europeans who share their faith, are troubled by the film's suggestion that Jesus was married and fathered a child (among other things) -- the difference there is that banning is an option, and it's being exercised.

In other parts of the Middle East, though, the film has either been approved for release (albeit after several examinations), or is still being reviewed. It will be exhibited in its original form in the United Arab Emirates, while audiences in Bahrain, Oman and Qatar are awaiting the findings of censorship boards (who better hurry the hell up with that decision, if they want to ride the joyous Da Vinci Code train with the rest of us suckers).
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