Popular TV Talk Show Host Says Don’t Boycott “DaVinci Code,” Get Educated on Facts
2006-05-13 -- WDC Media News

A senior Vatican official has called for a boycott of “The DaVinci Code,” while the Council of Churches in Jordan and Roman Catholic activists in India want their governments to ban the film altogether.

But popular TV talk show host and Gospel communicator Bill Keller of LivePrayer.com contends that movie boycotts by Christian organizations often backfire and end up making believers look like a bunch of holier-than-thou finger pointers.

Keller, whose website Liveprayer.com has personally responded to over 60 million prayer requests since its 1999 launch, is encouraging his 2.1 million daily subscribers to educate themselves on the facts about Jesus Christ should they choose to see “The DaVinci Code.”

So what does Keller himself think of the new movie – and the book its based on? “It’s utter rubbish,” he says without a pause. “The ridiculous theory that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had a baby together goes against the Bible and is in direct conflict with such respected historians like Josephus, Pliny, and Tacitus.”

Nonetheless, adds Keller, simply boycotting the movie may not be the best response. “One of the problem with boycotts is that they often prompt even more attention to the movie and drive up ticket sales,” he says.

Keller, who pulls in 250,000 viewers per night in Florida for his “Live Prayer With Bill Keller” talk show, says that the problem with targeting movies for boycott is that “70 percent of the motion pictures that Hollywood produces offend Christians on one level or another. Believers would need to open up boycott offices in every city just to keep up with most of the smut Hollywood produces.”

Adds Keller, “The best approach to ‘The DaVinci Code’ is to educate yourself on who the real Jesus was – and is – and begin to engage friends, family, and neighbors on the real truth about Christ – and the lies in this movie.”

Keller’s nightly television show will go national in July on PAX Television Network.