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i'm disappointed and a bit angry that NBC Channel 4 pulled The… - sandrock meets pascal
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i'm disappointed and a bit angry that NBC Channel 4
pulled The Book of Daniel, a show that has come under fire
from none other than our beloved American Family Association.
the AFA perhaps first gained notoriety due to its strident
boycott of the series NYPD Blue a few years back.

when the Book of Daniel premiered last week, an AFA spokesman
said that they were offended at the show's depiction of Jesus, who
often visits the main character, an Episcopal priest named Daniel.
the AFA spokesman said, "our Lord is not, as they depict Him, just
an average, everyday Joe who sits in the passenger seat of your car.
He is to be worshipped and adored as our Savior." (quoted from
memory after reading the Tennessean article last week - forgive
me if it's not entirely exact)

they also take issue with the main writer being homosexual, and
the problems Daniel's family deal with in the show - drug use, affairs,
teenage sex, et cetera.

of course, in the canonical gospels, Jesus spent most of his time
with people who had a lot of problems - extortion, prostitution,
leprosy, demon possession . . . y'know, the small, everyday stuff.

and nowhere in the gospels does Jesus say to worship Himself -
it was all directed toward God as Father. later in the New Testament
Paul and other writers get into it, but not from Jesus Himself.

to me, it seems that the AFA holds so closely to Jesus as God that
they miss or don't fully appreciate Jesus as Human.

what i really deeply appreciated about The Book of Daniel was the
portrayal of Daniel's relationship with Jesus. i grew up with the phrase,
"a personal relationship with Jesus Christ" echoing in my head, but
i haven't ever seen what i would consider a personal relationship
demonstrated on film or tv in any way that i identified with.

all i saw were formalizations, ritualizations, unquestioning devotion.

Daniel's relationship with Jesus is very intimate, very knowing.
Jesus chides him when he turns to Vicadin, encourages him to
further his relationships with his family, and is very present with
Daniel. and Daniel in turn asks questions, seeks counsel, and forgiveness.

in one of my favorite scenes, Daniel curses his brother-in-law for
absconding with a huge amount of church money, saying,"God damn
him! And I'm not swearing, I actually mean that I want God to damn him!"
and later, when he sees Jesus in the backyard, he apologizes and asks
for forgiveness for being so angry. person to person, just like you and me.

His personableness reminds me of my favorite other depiction of Jesus -
the Matthew Videos.

my relationship with Jesus, with God the Father, is that personal.
that direct. no, i've never had a face to face a la Margery Kempe,
but i do talk to Him in the car, listen for Him at home, try and
pay attention to what He might show me at work.

that my relationship with Him, though broader and deeper and even
more intimate, is like that of my relationships with frenchpress, or
pendulous - they affect me, open new doors of understanding, and
change the way that i perceive the world around me.

there's a great moment near the beginning of the pilot when Daniel
turns to Jesus riding next to him in the car and asks, "Am I chosen?"
in reference to his very real interactions with Jesus, and Jesus laughs,
"No," He says, "I talk to everybody. But not everybody listens, and some
people just hear what they want to."

subconscious undercurrent: swiftly fading outrage

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dash From: dash Date: January 13th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
i can't believe they pulled that. i wanted to watch it. :\
gem77 From: gem77 Date: January 14th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I wanted to watch that. I can't believe it got pulled! I didn't see the pilot. It sounds like it would be a show I would like based on what you've said.

I wonder what the AFA thought about Joan of Arcadia when it was on.
From: ex_maehymn Date: January 14th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
"I talk to everybody. But not everybody listens, and some people just hear what they want to."

NICE closing remarks.

How interesting. Thank you for writing this, as it's really interesting, esp. since I am not familiar with the Book of Daniel. I'm sorry they pulled it. That's lame.
pendulous From: pendulous Date: January 14th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Boycott II Samuel: Life of King Makes Mockery Jewish Faith

I read some more on this tonight. Other stations that dropped/refused to air the show etc.
Who are these people? yeach.
I mean, If you have an insatiable need to boycott TV, couldn't you start with Charmed?

On the topic of "portrayals of Jesus", I've been meaning to point this one out to you for a while. You've probably seen the DVD box, for this CBS Mini-Series but it took me forever to figure out who that familiar Jesus was.

I'll give you a hint:
Who is my mother, and who are my brothers? When I stop taking my medication, I want to sleep with my sister.
frenchpress From: frenchpress Date: January 14th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Boycott II Samuel: Life of King Makes Mockery Jewish Faith

holy chenowith!
frenchpress From: frenchpress Date: January 14th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

if you wanna get all frustrated like...
orpheusrabbit From: orpheusrabbit Date: January 20th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
do you have a copy of that matthew video? i followed your link and it sounds really interesting. it would be cool to check out sometime, i think...a hell of a lot more true to the spirit than the passion, in my opinion. and i'd tend to trust it more for that precise reason, actually--it's NOT an epic blockbuster that made gazillions. as is so often the case, a lower-budget, word-of-mouth movie appears superior to its multimillion-dollar-hyped cousin...
ennui330 From: ennui330 Date: January 20th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
we do, actually.

it's fascinating to me that the "script" for the Matthew videos is just the word-for-word NIV translation, but that the person who plays Jesus makes him so personal, so loving, whimsical and tangible, despite the language being a bit formalized.

much, much more accessible to me than the constantly "serene" Jesus as depicted in the Passion or other movies of that sort.

anyway, email me your address, if you would.

oh, and i really enjoyed the time we got to hang out around christmas. good times ;-)
orpheusrabbit From: orpheusrabbit Date: January 20th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, me too. i especially enjoyed soccer practice. ;-)

to send anything too big for a mail slot, you must send to my work address:

c/o maxfield's
398 dolores street
san francisco, ca 94110

...and thank you kindly.
frenchpress From: frenchpress Date: February 24th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
sent your way today.
though, looks like it could take a month or more to get there for some reason...

"Delivery estimate: March 31, 2006 - April 17, 2006"
orpheusrabbit From: orpheusrabbit Date: February 24th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
that's what happens when you send stuff as "media mail." it's cheap but it can take a long time....it's supposed to be for books, CDs, and the like.

thank you! i look forward to getting it....
prophetpeter From: prophetpeter Date: February 1st, 2006 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)

thebookof daniel

thank you for this--it is helpful, thought-provoking, etc...
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