I was browsing around a bit, and stumbled upon an article
about The Book of Daniel
|American Family Association (AFA) president Tim Wildmon, whose organization has spearheaded protest efforts against “Daniel,” says that the show is an, “extremely offensive program to Christians…very sacrilegious,” and that it, “depicts Jesus in a very cartoonish manner.” |
“Our objective at American Family Association is to kill the show ‘The Book of Daniel,’” says Wildmon. “Whether it’s getting NBC affiliates not to air it or having it to lose all its advertisers – we’re working in both directions.”
According to the Agape Press, Wildmon is hopeful NBC will “pull the plug” on the show, which is scheduled to run through Feb. 3, before it airs all eight episodes
I kinda want to leave it in the middle how controversial this show really is. I personally think it's way
blown out of proportion, and most of the hateful criticism appears to come from people who haven't even seen as much as a preview for the show. People have already been making trouble about the show weeks before it premiered - before anyone
had even seen it. I've seen alot of other tv shows and movies that have been alot more "controversial" towards Christianity, and by far didn't stir up as much controversy as this show. Granted, those didn't air in primetime on a broadcast network, but still.
The main thing I don't get is.. how do all those people dare
to make so much trouble out of this?
I'm not religious myself, but (up to a certain level) I respect people who are. If you want to spend half of your life watching religious TV programs, praying, sitting in church, or having to wonder "what would God think about this?" for every step you make in your life, that's your decision, your life.. and I'm in no position to judge about that. As long as it doesn't harm the rest of the world, people should be free to live their lives as they please.
And, that's the case here. It is just a TV show. If you don't like the show, or think it is wrong, you can grab the remote, switch channels, and poof: it's gone. If everyone turns out to think this way, the show would get horrible ratings and be cancelled within weeks.
Every night on primetime television the most horrible things happen. People get raped, cut open and brutally murdered; people get abducted, tortured, then buried alive; people set others on fire. No matter how brutal - name it, and it's been done, but you hardly hear anybody complain. They throw a "PG-14" rating on it, and in extreme cases a "this program contains explicit content" warning in the beginning, and all is good. Or take a look at other random shows such as "Desperate Housewives", with more than enough happenings which God probably wouldn't approve of.
Then the book of daniel. The only reason the American Family association cares to name is that the show "Mocks Christianity". Excuse me? Their only damn excuse for all this trouble is that they can't stand being mocked? Another news item reports the following: "Bosses at an Indiana TV station posted security outside their studios on Friday night after receiving death threats
for airing controversial new religious drama Book Of Daniel." Now I'm not an expert, but I'm fairly certain that somewhere in the bible it mentions that "thou shall not kill."
Anyways, this post has turned out way longer than I'd intended it to be, but.. it's the year 2006, and the right to free speech is defined in the constitution almost everywhere. In my opinion, if people would like to enjoy this show, they should be able to.. without getting ran over by a bunch of crazy christians. If anyone's even still reading, I wonder about your opinions.