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Christians try to get Book of Daniel cancelled

by Karina Longworth, posted Dec 29th 2005 12:47PM
Surely, you've seen the ads for NBC's big new midseason dramedy, The Book of Daniel? The one where the Vicodin-addicted Episcopal priest talks to a bum-hippie Jesus about his drug dealing daughter and his gay son and the fact that his lesbian secretary is sleeping with his sister-in-law? You know, the one that looks like a piece of overcooked, self-conciously "quirky" Ally McBealist crap? As Adam pointed out yesterday morning, the American Family Association is even more excited about Daniel than I am, although for entirely different reasons; in fact, they're calling for NBC to cancel the show before it even airs. In a statement sent to their members, AFA said, "It would be beneficial to all if NBC showed a little more respect for Christians who believe the Bible." They're asking their members to bombard the network with letters until they get their way. Meanwhile, NBC has fought back with a statement of their own, predictably insisting that if we try it, we might like it. "We're confident that once audiences view this quality drama themselves, they'll appreciate this thought-provoking examination of one American family," the network says. 

Hmmmm... an absurdly reactionary organization is trying to get an apparently crap show canceled before it debuts. That's just silly. Then again, it is, by all appearances, a crap show. What side to take?

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K. Gutwein

If they take "Daniel" off the air then what's going to replace it - "CSI - Russia"?? Enough of the multiple CSI's or the mind numbing Desperate Housewifes and the lame Reality shows. I've had enough. I'd rather watch videos than most of the crap on TV. You finally get a show that's refreshing, funny and not a doctor, lawyer, cop show and what happens? You pull it because the "Christians" are offended. People will protest anything just to protest. If they are offended - THEN DON'T WATCH IT! It's as simple as that!

January 27 2006 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Waters

Oh, and by the way... anyone with any real doubts about
the rising tide of anti-Christian bigotry need only read the fine collections of over-the-top foamings at the mouth and ad hominems in this very thread.

Radical Christians?

January 27 2006 at 8:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Waters

Well, obviously you can't take the side of respect for the convictions of people you disagree with, can you?

Those who don't recognize that traditional Christians are the one group in America it's not only acceptable but fashionable in politically correct circles to ridicule on the basis of their differences with one's own beliefs are not, I suspect, in denial. They're being disingenuous. Nobody could be that clueless and live.

January 27 2006 at 8:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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January 26 2006 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rosemary Elliott

Whatever happened to just changing the channel if you dont like what is on.I dont like being told not to watch something there is still the freedom to make my own choice.The decision is not the right of any religous group to foist their own agenda on the public.
Television is so lousy with all the virtual reality shows.I find them ofensive.Simple dont watch.

January 26 2006 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leigh Ann

I'll tell you what I'm sick and tired of. Anti-christians always complaining and usually getting their way. You whine and complain about Christians not respecting your beliefs, and that "bible thumpers" shouldn't push their religion on people. Well, I'm tired of all of you anti-christians getting exactly what you want. You never want to compromise and let Christians have a say so in anything. I think anti-christinism is shoved in our faces more than the other way around. You've had prayers took out of schools, everywhere you look the ten commandments is taken out of courthouses. Anti-christians seem to be on a mission to abolish anything to do with God.
I'm glad that the sick twisted show was cancelled.
TV is severely lacking in family shows. That's what we need is more family shows. Why isn't there anything like "The Waltons", or "Little House on the Prairie" anymore? All we see now are way too many reality shows, and sick twisted shows, or shows about dysfunctional people. You know, you can't have your way all the time, and this time I'm happy that Christians finally won a fight over something.
Just as much as you don't want religion shoved in your faces, Christians don't want your over the top anti-religion shoved in their faces either.
I don't know whether I would be considered a Christian or not, because I have plenty of faults. But I do believe in God, and from what I heard about this show, it was way over the top and was obviously designed to mock Christians.
But don't you all worry, there is still plenty of tv shows that mock God for you to watch, I'm sure you won't be lacking in twisted entertainment.

January 25 2006 at 5:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I see far more intolerance in the so-called Christian voices (not all, thankfully) in this thread than the secular. Here, a literalist Christian faction has basically "torn down" a rather good show (apart from the "every problem all at once" mentality that pervades TV these days). Every character was sympathetic, despite huge flaws. Jesus was a supportive friend, as He is.

I think you're real problem is grasping that labelling yourself a Christian does not separate you from the rest of the muddle-headed human race. Most seem to content to pay lip service to Christianity and take up causes against TV shows (as if that were a cause; funny, I remember the Conservative Christian voice proclaiming to the counter-culture that they should help "build up" and not tear down. . .apparently one does not need to treat their brother as they would be treated.)

For all of the errors some of you say were in this show's Cosmology and Theology (which were not as you claimed; this was a knee-jerk reaction. And you didn't watch it, so you don't know. . . ), few have expressed a dislike and simply "brushed the dust off of your sandals." You have judged (we are commanded not to) before seeing, and, essentially, given false witness.

Why oh why do you believe that you are fit to judge? Why do you claim to know what God's Will is as you even so obviously violate the most basic of commands and mindsets and lessons that Our Savior instructed us in? First, excel at the instruction. Then maybe you'll be able to see clearly to remove the mote from your secular brother's eye.

and you wonder why the word "Christian" has a bad name in some circles. You yourselves have set yourselves above your fellow, to rule over him, while blinding yourselves ("I wouldn't see it. I know what it's like.") Your Chrisitianity is a pat on your own back.

Pharisees. . . You were so scared of what this might say about "Christians" (yourselves, and myself) and failed to really look at what it said (despite authorship) about Christ. You missed the woods for the trees, and are missing Jesus for the Cross.

Think again. . . (which is the literal meaning of the Greek word so commonly translated as "Repent.)

Nonetheless, I remain your Brother in Christ,

January 24 2006 at 6:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While I agree that Christians are not perfect and that we do tend to take our "silly" religious values seriously, that doesn't make it okay for networks to make a show that blatantly mocks a specific religious group. I see people commenting that they'll go to HELL watching what ever they want, that just makes me sad. Is watching a television show and indulging in your own self destructive behavior worth an eternity sepertated from God? You may say, "it's just a TV show." We all know that isn't true. If the major networks were going to air Birth of a Nation on prime time television the NAACP and the ACLU would have a fit! Why? Because CHILDREN especially are affected by what they see on television. These kinds of programs are destructive to families.

Christians have every right to protest a network poking fun of their religion and casting their Lord in a distasteful light.

January 24 2006 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa Groves

There are many different religions out there and many religious people. Its funny how people can claim being a Christian but yet be ak with this show. This is not your typical average christian family. Nor is it an average American family. This is not to say these things don't happen, but it is our responsibility to make them the exception not the rule. Christians have 3 enemies: Satan, the world and the flesh (ourselves).
I Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
True christians do not shove our faith down the throats of non believers. We do however tell people of the love of Christ and how He died for our sins. All our sins. That is when freedom of choice comes in. We choose whether or not to believe in Jesus Christ. Becomeing a christian does not make you perfect. We are constantly at war with ourselves. We do, however, strive to be Christ like.

Any true christian does not dwell on what you have done, but what you will do. When we are saved, our sins are wiped clean. We are covered under the blood of Christ. Again this does not mean we are perfect, but we are forgiven. We are human, of the flesh, therfore we can and will make mistakes again, however, the bible tells us that if we confess and repent God promises to forgive us again. This does not mean we can do as we like because God will forgive us. We must still strive to be like Christ. The only truly sinless man to have ever walked the earth.

It is my God given duty as a christian to tell someone that he is sinful and will go to hell. It is that persons God given right to choose what to do with that information. God does not want any to perish, but they will. It is written.

Oh and the crackpot,crazy etc. name calling should not bother us christians. Satan and his followers may call me whatever they like, whether it be crazy , fanatic, crackpot it does not matter. Was it not the apostle Peter who called us a peculiar people. 1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a PECULIAR people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
God's people were called this no less than 4 times in the bible. We were also told we would be persecuted for our belief. So fear not children of God let your voices be heard and know that God's plans are continuing as he foretold long ago. This is nothing new people. Keep fighting the good fight knowing we will be with Jesus when it matters most.

January 24 2006 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

YEAH! Cancelled!! But don't worry, if you wanted to see it, there's plenty of trash left on television for you to watch

January 24 2006 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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