The story is of an Episcopalian priest with an alcoholic wife, a homosexual son, a daughter who is a pusher and a lesbian sister-in-law. To make matters worse, the priest's church is missing large sums of money and Jesus decides to mentor him like a magnanimous big brother. The AFA's feathers were ruffled not only by the storyline but by the scriptwriter's sexuality and disenchantment with the Catholic faith.
NBC and the mainstream media call it "edgy," "challenging" and "courageous." The series is written by Jack Kenny, a practicing homosexual who describes himself as being "in Catholic recovery," and is interested in Buddhist teachings about reincarnation and isn't sure exactly how he defines God and/or Jesus. "I don't necessarily know that all the myth surrounding him (Jesus) is true," he said.
The AFA is cutting off its nose to spite its face. The more the controversy over the show, the greater will be the ratings at the premiere. People will obviously want to know what the uproar is all about.
With shows like Will and Grace and South Park being part of mainstream television, why would the Book Of Daniel be treated any differently by the public?
The AFA has jumped the gun. It should have waited for the airing of the first episode and then launched the attack. It is wise to know one's enemy's weaknesses before declaring war and this is one battle these prickly so-called Christians are sure to lose. The show might well turn out to be a damp squib, like many sitcoms these days. Its potential failure would likely have little to do with its irreligous themes.
What's even more amusing is the statement that Jack Kenny, the scriptwriter, is a practicing homosexual, as if one's sexuality is a matter of choice or a disease that can be easily avoided.
For the AFA, The Book of Daniel seems to be the anti-thesis of Seventh Heaven, a show so boring that it meets its approval in all respects.
NBC has called the show challenging and courageous because it is a reflection on current problems faced by families with a slight twist that the 'head of the family is a priest and talks to the son of God'.
Would the AFA be offended if there was a show on a priest molesting small boys on Church retreats? Would telling the truth then mock Christianity?
The Book Of Daniel, featuring Emmy nominee Aidan Quinn, airs on Friday at 9 PM EST on NBC.