American Family Association Protests NBC’s Upcoming ‘Book of Daniel’

Dec 28, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The American Family Association on Tuesday launched an e-mail drive urging its supporters to call their local NBC affiliate and ask it not to air NBC’s new series “The Book of Daniel.”

The AFA describes the show’s main character as “a drug-addicted Episcopal priest whose wife depends heavily on mid day martinis” and notes it was written by what it describes as a “practicing homosexual” who doesn’t “necessarily know all the myth surrounding him [Jesus] is true.” The show’s main character also speaks with a “very unconventional” Jesus, according to the e-mail.

“NBC considers ‘The Book of Daniel’ a positive portrayal of Christ and Christians,” the AFA said in its e-mail message, which also solicits donations for the organization. The message additionally urges people to distribute copies of the AFA appeal in churches and to e-mail NBC Universal Chairman and CEO Bob Wright directly.

An NBC spokesperson said, “‘The Book of Daniel’ is a fictional drama about an Episcopalian priest’s family and the contemporary issues with which they must grapple. We’re confident that once audiences view this quality drama themselves, they’ll appreciate this thought-provoking examination of one American family.” The show is scheduled to premiere Jan. 6.