NBC is touting the “The Book of Daniel” with language that implies it is 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 drug dealing daughter, and a 16-year-old adopted son who is having sex with the bishop’s daughter. Webster’s lesbian secretary is sleeping with his sister-inlaw. 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 program a positive portrayal of Christ and Christians. Despite receiving nearly a half-million emails, NBC still intends to begin their new series The Book of Daniel next Friday. While NBC refuses to release the sponsors of the program, AFA has identified 10 potential sponsors. More info below.
Ed Vitagliano, director of research for the American Family Association, told AgapePress.com that the program mocks Christianity. “While we certainly recognize that Christians do have problems, and they have problems in their families, it seems that Hollywood consistently wants to focus on those types of Christians and those types of ministers — when the reality is that many, many more are hard-working,” Vitagliano says. “They work hard to have good family lives — just like a lot of people do — and are faithful to scripture.”
Aidan Quinn, who plays Rev. Webster, said if the show offends some Catholics, “I don’t really care…”
What you can do:
Contact your Sunday School class and your church. Ask your pastor to urge members to call their local NBC affiliate asking the station not to air the program.
Call or send NBC an email asking them not to air the show.
Ask local advertisers on your NBC affiliate to pull their advertising from the local station if they carry The Book of Daniel. (By Federal Law, NBC cannot force the local affiliate to air the show. The local affiliate has the option not to air the program. Federal Law – 47 C.F.R. 73.658(e))
Send an email to the following major network advertisers: Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, General Motors, Daimler/Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Target, and Wal-mart asking them not to sponsor The Book of Daniel. American Family Assn. Email to Potential Sponsors
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