The problem is the manipulation. That's what I'm trying to explain.
The fact page MANIPULATES the readers and viewers into thinking that the depictions of these things, and the premises drawn by Dan Brown which are corroborated by his erroneous depictions, are logically correct.
This is the problem, and the insult, of the DaVinci Code.
We would disagree there. I see the fact page as a simple list of a few items. It makes no argument; it just lists things. The principle objections people have to the book are not even mentioned in the fact page.
When I can find the book, I'll post the page and let it speak for itself.
You can disagree all you want, but it's a known manipulation tactic that is used in both writing and documentary filmmaking. It's been done before, is done in Dan Brown's book, and will be done again in the future.
Some people refer to it as context manipulation. Perhaps you have heard it referred to in that way, which may help you to understand what I am talking about.
What people have a problem with is the whole project, which uses the fact page as part of the manipulation tactic. Also, earlier you stated that you have heard a lot of people refer to the fact page but you didn't suspect that many people ever actually read the fact page. Now you're changing your story by saying that most people don't have a problem with the fact page. Which is it?
How you personally would interpret the fact page and book has nothing to do with the presumable intention of the author based on the way this tactic has and is used.
Bottom line, if I put a fact page in a book that said all the organizations, locations, documents, etc., etc., were real and factual, then I wrote a book that stated that Betty Friedan was a Satanist, but the feminist movement tried to cover it up, and the actual name of her book was originally The Feminine Mystic and was meant to be the first in a series to draw women to the occult, but the feminist movement made her change the name of the book to The Feminine Mystique and changed the text within it to simply draw women away from their joy as wife and mother...it would be unethical and wrong. Period. I would be employing a cheap (yet often effective, whether you or I would fall for it or not) manipulation tactic.
There is right and wrong. There are authors and filmmakers who attempt manipulation and, therefore, insult their audience. There are authors and filmmakers who deny any necessity for cultural competence and avoidance of blasphemy.
Whether you or I personally fall for it isn't the question. It never was.
Look to the studies that show the effectiveness of the manipulation by Dan Brown and company...the number of people who have been confused and had their faith swayed. Numbers rarely lie.