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"The Book Of Daniel" Should Not Be Casualty Of Culture Wars

Reported by Deborah - January 6, 2006

" The Book Of Daniel", new NBC drama, premiered tonight after much criticism from FOX News and Christian Advocacy groups who have already pressured some affiliates to reject the show before the premiere. FOX has painted a very controversial picture of the show on it's website and tonight before the premiere, Big Story and The Factor did segments about it. John Kasich, in for O'Reilly, was quite anxious to trash it tonight calling it "over the top and way out of bounds."

After watching the new series, I couldn't disagree more. In fact, I think "The Book Of Daniel" is pro family and pro Christian.

John Kasich spoke to Stephen Battaghlia, TV Guide, about the show claiming that it's "so easy to bang on Christians." Kasich and others are upset because the main characters are realistically flawed and conflicted. Battaghlia disagreed with Kasich reminding him that "TV is a great democracy." John Gibson couldn't get Bill McCuddy to bad mouth the show either.

comments: The critics like Kasich and Gibson are uptight about the characters labeling them as one dimensional, immoral freaks intent on discrediting Christian values. This is widely off the mark. The family is decent, loving, responsible and spiritual. At the same time they are struggling with personal conflicts and working hard to connect as a family.

In the first episode, we understand the complexity and stress that pushes the main character to reluctantly reach
for a Vicodan. It's clear that he knows it's a problem but is still in the denial stage. His wife, who has been depicted by critics as a drunk, is seen making herself a Martini during a very traditional Sunday Dinner where her three kids act like very intelligent but obnoxious brats. The kids are bright achievers and despite their issues, it's obvious that they are decent and devoted to family and their faith.

So what's the problem? Why is the religious right so threatened by this show? I think they need to ask themselves that question after they actually watch it. Right now they feel vindicated by the affiliates that rejected the show but once the ratings rise, those affiliates will be flip flopping all over the place.

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