Local Viewers React to "The Book of Daniel" Debut - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/6/06

Local Viewers React to "The Book of Daniel" Debut

The drama features Daniel Webster is a pill-popping Episcopal priest with frequent one-on-ones with Jesus. He has a gay son, a promiscuous straight son, an alcoholic wife and a drug-dealing daughter.

As we told you, the show has generated hundreds of e-mails and phone calls to NewsChannel 11, not to mention millions more across the nation. Some feel the show portrays Christians in a negative light and did not want it to air. We sat down with a mixed group of viewers to get their take on the show while it was airing.

"I wasn't really interested in watching the show it looks like it's a comedy, and personally I'm more interested in the historical Jesus than a comedy of Jesus," Jerry Stanfeld said before seeing the show. And after? "I don't take it as a comedy at all. They have very serious problems and I'm anxious to see how they are going to work out those problems."

"It may not portray the Christian tenants that I hold to, but people might pick something out of it and it might inspire someone," said Glenna Beyer, who is the wife of a Lubbock Lutheran pastor, during the show.

"I guess if you're going to be offended by the fact that there are a lot of crazy people in the church, then you'd be offended," said Episcopal Priest David Veal before the show. "I like the fact that they portray that notion of walking constantly day by day in the presence of Jesus," Veal said after.

"The more I know about it, I think that you support it by watching and disagree with it by not watching it, and I would rather not watch it," Dave Smith said before the show, and felt the same way afterward - "I've seen no value of anything. No interest. I have no reason I would ever want to watch this program again."

"Even if you feel it's blasphemous - or what have you - you know the best thing to do is turn it off because when the ratings come out if the numbers aren't there then the networks will replace it," Ron Grant said after the show.

About half the people in the room said they would watch it again, while the other half said they have no reason to watch it again. But there was an agreement in the room and that was the show wasn't realistic.

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