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Calls for ban on "Da Vinci Code" in Iran

TEHRAN, July 25 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) has called for a ban on the book and film "The Da Vinci Code" in Iran.

The decision was made on July 19 during the 48th meeting of the Council for Policy Making on Religions (CPMR), in which the members wrote a letter to the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance calling for a ban on the book and the film.

CPMR members expressed their disgust at the religious insult contained in the book and film, saying they deemed it offensive to Christianity.

Some Internet sources had previously reported that the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance had cancelled the book's publication license on the request of some of Iran's Christian clergymen.

The book, which has sold more than 7.5 million copies worldwide, portrays Catholic Church leaders as demonizing women and covering up the truth about the Holy Grail, which writer Dan Brown says is Mary Magdalene herself.

The CPMR was established in 2002 and now holds monthly meetings of scholars. Its chairman is Hojjatoleslam Mahmud Mohammadi Araqi.

The CPMR aims to promote understanding among world religions by emphasizing their affinities, encouraging tolerance of their differences, familiarizing nations with others' religious traditions, furthering Islamic education, answering questions about Islamic ideology, and encouraging universities and seminaries to discuss the issue of dialogue among religions.

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