Now that the conversation has finally turned to sexual misconduct and the abuse of power, it is time to address a canard leveled by Dan Brown in 2003. When I first learned of the central premise of "The da Vinci Code" I was stunned by the silence following this attack on the character of our Lord and Savior! It is a matter of faith that Jesus was a virgin when he was nailed to the cross. The suggestion that he fathered a child with one of his disciples contradicts everything he said in the Gospels and makes him out to be a hypocrite.

Historical evidence shows that early Christians emulated Jesus by practicing chastity. This goes a long way toward explaining why Jesus never once mentions abortion in any of the Gospels - no sex, no pregnancies, no problem!

John Balsbaugh

East side

Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.

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