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‘Book of Daniel’ Snubbed by Affiliates

inthenewsNEW YORK Jan 6, 2006 – Two more NBC affiliates chose not to air the network’s new drama “The Book of Daniel,” which features an Episcopal priest with a gay son, the network said Friday.

Four affiliates nationally have rejected the series (set for a two-hour premiere 9 p.m. EST Friday). Conservative Christian groups have campaigned against the series.

KBTV in Beaumont, Texas, and WGBC in Meridian, Miss., were the latest stations to reject the series. Earlier, NBC affiliates KARK in Little Rock, Ark., and WTWO in Terre Haute, Ind., said they wouldn’t air it.

NBC has 230 affiliates nationally, and a spokeswoman noted that the four affiliates make up less than 1 percent of NBC’s national audience.

The series stars Aidan Quinn as the Rev. Daniel Webster, and depicts him as talking regularly with Jesus Christ.

Associated Press

Analysis:

Perhaps you are aware of Hollywood’s latest attack on the Christian faith. The above article notes that a small protest is being waged against the new series because it casts the Christian faith in an obviously unflattering light.

In addition to the AP report’s description of a series with an episcopal priest who has a gay son, and who converses with Jesus Christ, you may be interested to know that the “Book of Daniel” depicts that Christ as an “an affable, hippie like therapist dude in robes and long hair who basically wants approval,” (as described by Indystar.com critic, Ruth Holladay). The priest himself is addicted to painkillers, his wife is a drunk and his daughter is a drug user and pusher.

Washington Post TV reviewer Tom Shales, not known to be a Christian apologist, terms the characters as “mean venal and idiotic”. Nevertheless, NBC defended the program, saying it considered it a ‘positive’ portrayal of Christianity.

It should be no surprise to us that Hollywood would author such ungodly pablum. Those “creative” types in that culture by and large have a hatred of Christianity and its values. Why? Jesus said, “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:19-20).

We may have to endure such ungodly assaults against our Lord, but we do not have to, and should not watch the program.