Two more NBC-TV affiliates have dropped the new series “The Book of Daniel” in response to the protest of viewers who consider it offensive to Christians.
Stations in Nashville, Tenn. and Amarillo, Texas, announced this week they would no longer carry the program, says the American Family Association, which launched a protest campaign last month. Earlier, stations in Terre Haute, Ind.; Tupelo and Meridian, Miss.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Beaumont, Texas, dropped the show. The NBC affiliate in Hattiesburg, Miss., also is considering not airing it.
As WorldNetDaily reported, “The Book of Daniel,” written by a homosexual, is being promoted as the only show on television in which Jesus appears as a recurring character and the only network prime-time drama series with a regular male “gay” character, a 23-year-old Republican son. The main character, Daniel Webster, is a troubled, pill-popping Episcopal priest.
Touted as the riskiest show of the year, it includes a wife who relies on mid-day martinis, 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, the priest’s lesbian secretary is sleeping with his sister-in-law.
Nashville’s WSMV-TV General Manager Elden Hale, Jr. said: “Based on a review of the first three episodes and the clearly voiced concerns from our viewers, we have determined that the program ‘The Book of Daniel’ is not appropriate for broadcast television in this community.”
Advertisers have been dropping out, leaving Burlington Coat Factory as the show’s only national sponsor.
“Burlington is a buzzard buyer. They absolutely don’t care about the content as long as they get it at a nickel on the dollar,” said AFA Chairman Donald E. Wildmon. “They would probably sponsor porn if the price is right. NBC is losing about 2 million dollars in advertising revenue each time they air the program.”
Wildmon said he expects other affiliates will drop the show and that NBC will pull the plug before all eight episodes air.
“If NBC continues to take that kind of financial hit, it is evident that their anti-Christian bigotry is allowed to override their good business sense,” he said.