'Book of Daniel' Show Causes Controversy with Lubbock Christians - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/5/06

'Book of Daniel' Show Causes Controversy with Lubbock Christians

Hundreds of people are voicing their concern about a new show on NBC that has yet to hit the air waves. The show is called the "Book of Daniel," and it debuts Friday night for the first time on NBC stations across the country.

The characters in the show are a minister addicted to pain killers who has a gay son and other family members with addictions to drugs and alcohol. Viewers in our area wrote in hundreds of e-mails saying that kind of television should stay off the networks. NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel shows their concerns and response from management here at NewsChannel 11.

A drug addicted minister, an alcoholic wife, and three kids all with their own problems. Some say it doesn't sound like a show about a Christian family. "Jesus wants his name known as positive. This show doesn't do that." Zach Holtzman is one of hundreds of Lubbock Christians that want NBC to close the "Book of Daniel" before it opens a can of worms. "I think it will steer people away from church based on what the characters represent."

But Pastor Tim Radkey says don't judge a book by it's cover. "The church is made up of hypocrites, people who fall, that's why they come back the next Sunday." Radkey says the show seems to portray realistic family situations. But some Christians feel that could give the church and Jesus Christ a negative image. "What happens in church is not perfect, it's flawed, and that there's weaknesses and they're going to be upset that the best is not put out for the world to see."

In the past two days alone, NewsChannel 11 has received 100's of e mails all in opposition to the "Book of Daniel." "We choose programming that helps the community. As you know we do Children's Miracle Network every year, we have Lions Club auctions, Billy Graham specials, and that's where we choose, to do pre-eempted programming." NewsChannel 11 General Manager Dan Jackson says he will not censor a show that has never aired. And ultimately, it's up to the viewers to judge the "Book of Daniel." "You vote with your remote control. It won't stay on very long if it doesn't have viewer ship."

With the show's success aside, Pastor Radkey believes the controversy gives Christians an opportunity to share their message. "Jesus says he came to heal the sick, not the healthy."

The "Book of Daniel" will air Friday night at eight o'clock here on NewsChannel 11 where you can watch, and you decide.

NBC did make a statement regarding the show saying-quote, "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."

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