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NBC’s quickly canceled show ‘Book of Daniel’ revived issue of how TV treats Jesus, Christians

Before memories fade about “The Book of Daniel” show, which NBC-TV canceled after only three weeks, it’s worth pondering Hollywood’s latest treatment of Jesus, Christians and the clergy.Some liberal Episcopalians thought this drama (or was it satire?) might attract new churchgoers. Conservative Episcopalians said the series displayed how liberalism has corrupted their denomination. Some aimed boycotts at advertisers and NBC.(Fresh from that fuss, NBC apparently dropped plans for Britney Spears to spoof Christian TV on “Will & Grace” by hosting a “Cruci-fixin’s” cooking show. This hilarity would have aired on Holy Thursday as Christians commemorate the Last Supper on the eve of Jesus’ crucifixion.)The show portrayed Episcopal priest Daniel and his family and flock. Plots involved Daniel’s addiction to painkillers, his daughter’s pot-dealing and arrest, his wife’s alcohol dependence, his son’s promiscuity, his bishop father’s adultery, his in-laws’ criminality and a Roman Catholic priest’s mob ties.Homosexual characters were prominent – not surprising since the show’s creator is a gay who had been raised Catholic. Daniel seemed ineffectual and parishioners came across as wealthy snobs or, in one case, racist. The black maid was a thief. Priest and parishioners took the Lord’s name in vain.With “Daniel,” reactions of particular interest appeared on two websites:- http://www.blogofdaniel.com, operated by the liberal Washington, D.C., Episcopal diocese.- http://www.titusonenine.classicalanglican.net, a must-read blog for church insiders from conservative priest Kendall Harmon.Episcopalians smirked about NBC’s gaffes in attire, terminology and other church details. Apparently, television exerts little effort on religious accuracy.


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