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« on: January 02, 2006, 02:40:19 PM »

NBC Draws Fire for Book of Daniel

by Allie Martin
December 30, 2005

(AgapePress) - - A pro-family media researcher is blasting NBC for plans to air a controversial series featuring a troubled Episcopal priest and other dysfunctional characters.

The network will air The Book of Daniel on Friday evenings, starting in early January. According to published reports, the weekly show centers around an Episcopal priest named Daniel Webster who talks with a manifestation of Jesus. In addition, the Webster family reportedly includes a 23-year-old homosexual, Republican son; a 16-year-old daughter who is a drug dealer; and an adopted son involved in an improper relationship with the bishop's daughter.

Ed Vitagliano is director of research for the American Family Association. He says the program mocks Christianity.

    
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"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."

According to the AFA spokesman, advertisers who underwrite the program will be monitored -- and that information will be distributed far and wide.

"We will be reviewing this, and we will be letting AFA supporters know exactly what is on this program," he says. "And [we will be] holding advertisers accountable for what appears to be yet one more show that's going to dog the Christian faith."

AFA is calling on TV viewers to send a letter through its website asking NBC affiliates to refuse to air the show. Dr. Don Wildmon, AFA chairman and founder, contends the network's decision to air the series "reflects the anti-Christian bias which exists at the highest levels of the network."
Allie Martin, a regular contributor to AgapePress, is a reporter for American Family Radio News, which can be heard online.

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(My Note:  We are seeing new LOWS and we will see more. It appears to be fashionable to bash and mock Christianity in any way possible, and television is simply exploring more possibilites in doing just that. As far as I'm concerned, I'm ready to scratch whole networks and stop buying anything from advertisers who pay to get this garbage on the air. I don't watch much television, and I don't have a lot of money to spend, but you can be sure that someone trying to mock CHRIST will never get a penny of what little money I have to spend. Here's what makes sense:  All Christians should read Christian News from sources like Christians Unite, check the information for themselves if they have any doubts, and join with all other Christians in making a statement that we will not tolerate someone mocking CHRIST. It is far past time for us to vote at the polls, vote with our feet, vote with the OFF button, and vote with our pocket books.)
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2006, 02:57:50 PM »

Amen! A complete all out response and refusal to accept this is the only way for us to stop it. Those that do not wish to oppose this are opposing Jesus Christ.

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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2006, 12:21:31 AM »

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Amid a protest bolstered by a pro-family group, an NBC affiliate has dropped a new drama featuring a troubled, pill-popping Episcopal priest who is the father of a dysfunctional family.

The American Family Association says it hopes other NBC affiliates will join WTWO in Terre Haute, Ind., in its decision to not air "The Book of Daniel."

At the top of its website, the TV station says: "Due to emails and calls from viewers, WTWO will not be airing NBC's The Book of Daniel."

The series debuts Friday night with back-to-back episodes and will air regularly at 9 p.m.

AFA Chairman Donald E. Wildmon said his group, which has an online petition, has been notified by several companies that they have no plans to sponsor the show.

"It appears that NBC will be forced to fill the available ad spots with 'distressed merchandise' ads which are sold at pennies on the dollar of the going rate, and with 'make good' ads which bring in no money to the network," Wildmon said.

NBC affiliates have received hundreds of phone calls protesting the manner in which Christians and Christianity are depicted.

"We are tired of NBC's anti-Christian bigotry," said Wildmon.

"The Book of Daniel," written by a homosexual, is being promoted as the only show on television in which Jesus appears as a recurring character and the only network prime-time drama series with a regular male "gay" character, a 23-year-old Republican son.

Touted as the riskiest show of the year, it includes a wife who relies on mid-day martinis, 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, the priest's lesbian secretary is sleeping with his sister-in-law.

Last summer, the show's writer, Jack Kenny, said at the Television Critics Association's press tour he recognized "there are going to be people who have an issue with a gay man writing about Jesus."

"I'm not making fun of Jesus," he said. "I never want to poke fun at religion or at Jesus. These characters are very spiritual people. They believe in God, they believe in Christ as their savior, and I think that's wonderful."

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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2006, 05:21:01 AM »

GOOD! - It looks like the networks might learn something with this. I hope so, but I'm really not very optimistic with what I've seen on network television recently. Prime-time for family viewing appears to be loaded with shows that are not fit for children to view.

Brother Roger, in all reality, if it isn't fit for children to view, why should adult Christians be viewing it? If a Christian wants to watch an hour of television on network TV, the news is about all that is fit to view.

I remember reading recently that Hollywood has learned that G-Rated movies are almost sure to make money. WHY? - Christian families might go see them, and Christian families are the majority of America. It's far past time for Christian families to just hit the off button on the television and forget about Hollywood unless the show is REALLY fit for family viewing.

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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2006, 05:28:42 AM »

I totally agree with you. Sometimes though I wonder about the news even being fit to watch. Much of it is also becoming quite horrid with their mis-information and concentrating on things that are not fit for Christians.

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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2006, 06:04:30 PM »

Hello my friends.
I am also sick and tired of this constant Christian bashing, or twisting of Christian reality. Of course there are so called "gay Christians" and all manner of non-Christian works from those who profess to be Christians. These people actually believe that Jesus died on the cross so that any and all Godly or unGodly lifestyle could be sanctified. These people say the same thing over and over to justify any lifestyle or unGodly act - "Jesus is love" and "Jesus condemns no one!" How surprised these people are going to be when Jesus looks them in the eye and says "go away from me! I did not know you!"


I recall a gay bishop on the news attempting to explain away the Biblical verses which strongly condemn homosexuality by saying that when those verses were written there was no homosexuality! and the verses were wirtten in the context wherein that "action" or "lifestyle" would have been unforgivable, but in modern times, Jesus would have sanctioned any kind of monogamous love relationship!!
It's a great example of just how weak the defence of Christian based homosexuality really is. Those who profess the lifestyle as being acceptable in Christianity, would accept any farfetched reasoning in order to feel safe, or accepted, so that they could continue the practice or the acceptance of unGodly acts. The reality is that those who indulge in homosexual practices unrepentantly, will end up in Hell - that's not my opinion, it's God's warning.

I have blocked out certain channels from our television - any channel which shows porn, or blatant antiChristian lifestyles has been blocked, and cannot be accessed on my television clicker. If you really wanted to get those channels you would have to specifically punch in the number of the channel - there is no way of blocking that, but no one in my house can or will flick through channels useing the clicker, and inadvertantly come across those channels.

I was listening to a radio program the other night, and the host has professed to being a Catholic in the past. His guest on this particular night was an Eastern Mystic, and he stated that the general population of the world are very close to attaining "Universal conscienceness" and as soon as Christianity was finally obliterated from the conscienceness this U>C. would occur. He went on to thoroughly condemn Christianity as the core source for all the evil in the world's past and present history, and strongly professed that Christianity was close to being wiped out!
The host of the radio show actually seemed to be encouraging such a reality by expressing that it wasn't going to happen soon enough! His guest went onto give his psychic impressions of future events.

It really angered me. If this clown had have said such things about Muslims, there would have been such a backlash that the host would most likely have openly condemned the guest and apologised to the Muslim world on air.

This is exactly what Jesus warned would happen in the end times my friends, so we had better get ready for more of the same.

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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2006, 06:30:13 PM »

Hello my friends.
I am also sick and tired of this constant Christian bashing, or twisting of Christian reality. Of course there are so called "gay Christians" and all manner of non-Christian works from those who profess to be Christians. These people actually believe that Jesus died on the cross so that any and all Godly or unGodly lifestyle could be sanctified. These people say the same thing over and over to justify any lifestyle or unGodly act - "Jesus is love" and "Jesus condemns no one!" How surprised these people are going to be when Jesus looks them in the eye and says "go away from me! I did not know you!"


I recall a gay bishop on the news attempting to explain away the Biblical verses which strongly condemn homosexuality by saying that when those verses were written there was no homosexuality! and the verses were wirtten in the context wherein that "action" or "lifestyle" would have been unforgivable, but in modern times, Jesus would have sanctioned any kind of monogamous love relationship!!
It's a great example of just how weak the defence of Christian based homosexuality really is. Those who profess the lifestyle as being acceptable in Christianity, would accept any farfetched reasoning in order to feel safe, or accepted, so that they could continue the practice or the acceptance of unGodly acts. The reality is that those who indulge in homosexual practices unrepentantly, will end up in Hell - that's not my opinion, it's God's warning.

I have blocked out certain channels from our television - any channel which shows porn, or blatant antiChristian lifestyles has been blocked, and cannot be accessed on my television clicker. If you really wanted to get those channels you would have to specifically punch in the number of the channel - there is no way of blocking that, but no one in my house can or will flick through channels useing the clicker, and inadvertantly come across those channels.

I was listening to a radio program the other night, and the host has professed to being a Catholic in the past. His guest on this particular night was an Eastern Mystic, and he stated that the general population of the world are very close to attaining "Universal conscienceness" and as soon as Christianity was finally obliterated from the conscienceness this U>C. would occur. He went on to thoroughly condemn Christianity as the core source for all the evil in the world's past and present history, and strongly professed that Christianity was close to being wiped out!
The host of the radio show actually seemed to be encouraging such a reality by expressing that it wasn't going to happen soon enough! His guest went onto give his psychic impressions of future events.

It really angered me. If this clown had have said such things about Muslims, there would have been such a backlash that the host would most likely have openly condemned the guest and apologised to the Muslim world on air.

This is exactly what Jesus warned would happen in the end times my friends, so we had better get ready for more of the same.

John
Brother John you are absolutely right you hit the bullseye.
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2006, 06:37:14 PM »

Amen Brother John.

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It really angered me. If this clown had have said such things about Muslims, there would have been such a backlash that the host would most likely have openly condemned the guest and apologised to the Muslim world on air.

In fact this has actually already happened on at least one TV talk show and several radio talk shows that I know of.

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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2006, 07:24:52 AM »

Yes Brother Pr, even a Christian Networks, that is really upsetting. I for one am turning up that 'prayer knob'.
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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2006, 11:13:35 AM »

Amen! A complete all out response and refusal to accept this is the only way for us to stop it. Those that do not wish to oppose this are opposing Jesus Christ.


There is a petition in the orginal thread, I started back in December. New NBC Drama Show Mocks Christianty
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« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2006, 11:18:42 AM »

Amen! A complete all out response and refusal to accept this is the only way for us to stop it. Those that do not wish to oppose this are opposing Jesus Christ.


There is a petition in the orginal thread, I started back in December. New NBC Drama Show Mocks Christianty

Thanks brother, signed it. I have also sent off an email to the local station here and will be writing them a snail mail letter also.



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« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2006, 01:05:34 PM »

I'll be honest brothers. While I do not appreciate the mocking of Christ anymore than you, it gives me joy to know that it is occuring, because it is a sign of the times. We are plunging headlong toward the end of this age, and it's wonderful to watch prophecy being fulfilled, horrid as some of the events themselves may be.
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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2006, 06:54:43 PM »

Hello Bronzesnake,

Brother John, it's great to see another post from you, and I really hope that means you are much better.

I really like your new signature graphic. It's amazing just how dramatic three words can be "JESUS IS KING!!", and those three words speak volumes at a time when JESUS may be coming soon. As LittlePilgrim mentioned, it will be wonderful when that day comes. Until then, we should be about the MASTER'S BUSINESS!

Love In Christ,
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Psalms 9:9-10 NASB  The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble;  And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
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« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2006, 10:02:57 AM »

'Book of Daniel' Snubbed by 4 Affiliates

NEW YORK, Jan. 6, 2006

(AP) 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.

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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2006, 06:01:21 PM »

Phone lines jammed during WSFA's 'The Book of Daniel' call-in

By Kirsten J. Barnes
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WSFA-TV promised viewers they would be able to call in and share their response to Friday night's two-hour premiere of the controversial NBC series, "The Book of Daniel." But someone jammed the station's telephone lines.

"Somebody called and talked to our news director and said that he had been contacted by a church in town to participate in an activity to jam our phone lines and that's exactly what happened," said WSFA General Manager Hoyt Andres. "We took maybe half a dozen calls. Actually, they took down our entire phone system, not just the lines for people who were commenting about the show."

The phone jam left the 10 staffers prepared to answer the phone lines idle until WSFA launched its back-up plan -- its Web site.

"We set up a forum on our Web site and asked people to comment there," Andres said.

Between 9:58 p.m. and 10:37 p.m., the Web site received more than 300 e-mails.

Although John Giles, president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, was opposed to the airing of the show, he said his group was not involved in the jamming of the lines.

"We didn't do anything," said Giles, who watched the show. "I felt that the show is basically making a mockery of a Christian family and shows a dysfunctional family unit."

Virginia Lott, 31, of Wetumpka watched the show with her husband, Brian, and she said she hopes it is not canceled by NBC or removed from WSFA's schedule.

"I thought it was very funny. I appreciated the humor," she said. "It was very much like what real families go through."

She said her husband, a computer programmer, also enjoyed the show.

As for the program being taken off the air, Andres said he would wait to see the ratings on Monday.

"Nielsen (rating service) does overnight ratings, which are a sample from all over the country. We'll get it Monday and we'll see.

"My feeling is all this controversy around it probably generated more interest in some people watching the program than all the people e-mailing and calling us asking us to not to air the show. We'll know on Monday," he said.

The results of an online poll posted prior to the show on Huntsville NBC affiliate WAFF's Web site showed that 82 percent of its respondents said they would not watch the program. After the airing, station officials were unavailable for comment.

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