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December 19, 2005

Just your average Episcopalian family?

NBC is set to explore the depths of religious experience with its shallow and cheesy new offering "The Book of Daniel".

I'd seen the previews several times on television, but didn't pay much attention to it other than to note it was an attempt to deal with religion. What peaked my interest was an email from the American Family Association. AFA's terse letter warned me that NBC was demeaning the Christian faith. Well, Im Christian so what does it mean to me if anything? NBC, as well as the other antireligious networks are part and parcel of an inverted social system which perhaps sees itself as relevant to culture. Many times, I've noted MSM assertions that their shows reflect culture. Or rather their intent is to be a true reflection of culture.

That's why we have a migrating influx of normal, happy, socially productive, well adjusted, well liked by everyone, successful, unreligious homosexual characters on network television. To them, this reflects real life. Actually it reflects only Gollywood's insatiable desire to foist their pregreased notion of culture onto middle America. Never mind that the entire population of "gay" identified people in this country are 2% at best. Never mind that such individuals of the male gender are at the epicenter of the worst sexual disease this country has ever known. Never mind that the white wing of said minority are some of the most racist individuals you could ever meet. You would never know that by watching the network's Ozzie and Harrietized versions of homosexuals. Can you say "agenda"?

Which brings me to their latest attempt to portray real life. Maybe, just maybe this time they got it right. As the AFA explained the characters to me, "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 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, his lesbian secretary is sleeping with his sister-in-law."
I got to thinking this describes exactly the left wing liberals who hijacked the once great Episcopal church. Given voice by the one of a kind apostate himself, Bishop John Shelby Spong, and given substance by radical Episcopal groups like Integrity, NBC's Book of Daniel hits its mark. This is what liberals have reduced the church of Jesus Christ. More social experiementation. To be fair, there are many other Christian denominations who house just as many homosexuals, adulterers, druggies and fornicators in the ranks, but the Episcopals seem to have the edge on it publicly.

There's another reason that the "Book of Daniel" is so heavy on sexual perversion. Its the same reason behind Time Magazine's biased article of gay teens. The drama was inspired by homosexual writer-producer Jack Kenny. According to a story in the Denver Post Kenny, through a stranger than fiction encounter awoke one night with the opening scene in his head: a minister’s daughter has been arrested. And then, the character started talking to him. Wait, it gets even weirder. The show is modeled on his lover's family.

Kenny's beliefs (if you can call them that) resemble the local breakfast buffet at Golden Corral. Says Kenny: "These characters are very spiritual people. They believe in God, they believe in Christ as their savior, and I think that's wonderful."

Writes Alan Sepinwall of Religion News Service, "While his characters are devout, Kenny's own feelings toward Christ and organized religion are more complicated. He is, as he puts it, "in Catholic recovery," is interested in Buddhist teachings about reincarnation, and isn't sure exactly how he defines God and/or Jesus." In no uncertain terms, Kenny is moralphobic and "Daniel" is proof.

NBC may have finally hit a religious homer with "Daniel". A family so screwed up that it can't correct itself even with help from a social Jesus they have conjured up. Just your average, liberal Episcopalian family.

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