Saturday, January 14, 2006

TOPIC: The Book of Daniel
Rather than reinvent the wheel, I pulled the following summary of NBC's new series from the AFA website:
"NBC is promoting 'The Book of Daniel' as a serious drama about Christian people and the Christian faith. The main character is Daniel Webster, a drug-addicted Episcopal priest whose wife depends heavily on her mid-day martinis.
Webster regularly sees and talks with a very unconventional white-robed, bearded Jesus. The Webster family is rounded out by a 23-year-old homosexual Republican son, a 16-year-old daughter who is a drug dealer, and a 16-year-old adopted son who is having sex with the bishop's daughter. At the office, his lesbian secretary is sleeping with his sister-in-law.
NBC and the mainstream media call it 'edgy', 'challenging' and 'courageous.' The series is written by Jack Kenny, a practicing homosexual who describes himself as being 'in Catholic recovery', and is interested in Buddhist teachings about reincarnation and isn't sure exactly how he defines God and/or Jesus. 'I don't necessarily know that all the myth surrounding him (Jesus) is true,' he said. NBC considers The Book of Daniel a positive portrayal of Christ and Christians."

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this television show -- most of it negative. Except for extreme liberals and the homosexual agenda, it doesn't seem like many people are in agreement with airing such a perverse and distorted view of Christianity. In fact, Tom Shales of the Washington Post, calls it a "mean-spirited, unholy mess". Shales also correctly states, "I cannot recall a series in which a greater number of characters seemed so desperately detestable -- a series with a larger population of loathsome dolts. There ought to be a worse punishment than cancellation for a show that tries this hard to be offensive and, even at that crass task, manages to fail." I wholeheartedly agree.
If a negative and dysfunctional view of homosexuals, Muslims or say, Chinese families was portrayed on TV, there would be a major uproar from special interest groups. However, bashing Christians by them as unholy and screwed up (drug addicts and promiscuous gay men/women) seems to be fine with these same special interest groups (GLAAD, HRC, 365gay, the left-leaning mass media). Thankfully, many television advertisers are taking the hint from the mainstream of American society. Stuart Elliott's New York Times article should be a reminder to NBC. Americans know how to show our distain for junk like "Daniel". We have let the advertisers who pay the bills know that we won't buy their products or watch the show.
Furthermore, some NBC affiliates (at least 8 at last count) are refusing to air the show. I applaud those affiliate stations for having better taste than to allow such garbage on their airwaves. In fact, I'm thinking of filing an official FCC complaint against the stations in my area that do air "The Book of Daniel". The show is against all decency. It doesn't uphold the family values that these stations are bound to in their FCC mandate. And, it airs during the prime time slot, which is reserved for family friendly programming. NO ONE could successfully argue that "Daniel" is fit for young children or tweens. It's simply too... well, gross (IMO). Joking about the loathsome behavior of homosexual promiscuity, drug pushers and pill-popping priests talking to a hippie Messiah is unacceptable -- on TV or anywhere else. The First Amendment was NOT written to protect crap like this!
If you are in agreement with the Sope-Bocks' POV, I encourage you to write a letter or email to NBC. You can find one such email on the AFA website. I also encourage you to visit the NARTH website for more information regarding the truth about homosexuality.

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