Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Book of Daniel

I tell you, living in the bible belt is a very interesting experience. Other than the fact that you can’t throw a rock without hitting a church, you also can’t get into any sort of religious conversation without turning it into an argument.

Unless of course you’re just talking about Christianity and how great it is then you’re in the clear. But when a lowly TV show does something goofy with your favorite religious symbol, well…there's trouble.

Let’s think a minute what this show is (a soap opera), what its purpose is (entertainment) and how people have freedom of choice (as long as Bush doesn’t take that one away too…because the terrorists could win with freedom of choice!).

I’m big on religious freedom and most importantly the seperation of Church and State. Religion in school is just a bad idea, no matter what the religion is (I push for the introduction of the Spaghetti Monster myself, because I think it’s funny).

I think this article is just a slap in the face to freedom of expression. For some reason CSI can show dead bodies and mutilated tissue and rape victims and gunshots… Sitcoms can talk about orgasms, sex and masturbation in disturbing detail, but should we ever try to make light or use creative freedom with well-known religious figures…well, then we may just corrupt the rest of America not currently corrupt. Here are a few quotes from the article on the subject:

7 Comments:

AT said...

Bos from the 'tumor usually has pretty good comments regarding religion.

3:48 PM, January 05, 2006  
aultl said...

My wife just called me because she saw the newscast and remebered that I mentioned I wanted to see the show. First Southpark, then the whole Merry Christmas debacle, and now this...

4:28 PM, January 05, 2006  
GoldenAppleCorp said...

I have a fried who was brought up in a strict Catholic family. I mean, the parents were pretty hard-core.
Having said that, 4/5 of their kids have done drugs (1 in rehab, 1 kicked out of high school for buying pot), 2 have gone crazy (admitted to psych wards), 1 had a baby at 18, 1 was married, had a kid and divorced by 22.
Religious people fuck up too, and it seems like it's impossible for them to see/admit it.
And just because someone's a priest does not mean that their family will be perfect little angels. Most people agree that it's the preacher's kids who cause the most trouble.
I was kinda actually interested in this show, but now it looks like I won't have to waste my time.

11:04 AM, January 06, 2006  
Elblog said...

This preacher's kid thinks it's funny that American evangelicals think it's necessary to defend and protect their savior.
Most Gods can take care of themselves. The light of multiculturalism is shining on these robots, and there just aren't as many heads nodding when they spout ignorance, these days. The show may be stupid, it may be brilliant; to judge it before airing is called, umm, prejudice, I think. I love the Mel Brooks'
movie scene where Moses drops and breaks a stone tablet with commandments on it, one of the lost ones was probably, "Thou Shalt Not Be A Pinhead." Truly a pity.

11:31 AM, January 06, 2006  
Alvin York said...

I'm all for humor and poking fun. However these folks find the show offensive. If it was Buddha or Mohamad showing up would it be any less offensive?

While I'm Christian I and don't care for the idea of making fun of Christ, I don't have a problem poking fun at Christians and found movies like Dogma to be extremely funny.

Even though I find it offensive that doesn't mean it shouldn't be allowed on the air. Ironically because of the publicity the show is probably going to be a huge hit now.

12:31 PM, January 06, 2006  
The Bosphorus said...

AT, what do you mean I "usually" have pretty good comments about religion? My comments are all rock solid.
Anyway...
Evan, you're right, it is ironic that this show gets the attention when there are more offensive things on TV. I'm not surprised though, because the irony sells. It adds intrigue.
Last night, WBIR's president made a statement about the show. He said that the station would air the show. If you didn't like that, you could change the channel.

I'd say this is more a story about how media stirs the pot. It picks and chooses stories and makes the news. But that's nothing new, really.

10:18 PM, January 06, 2006  
Gary Lamb said...

My thoughts are this: This is what I LOVE about America. They have the freedom to show it and I have the freedom to not watch it. The show actually looks pretty bad so I doubt I will watch it. I am not a big boycotting person. That is not the job of the church.

IF I had any problem it would be this: What IF a show like this was made about Muslims? It would hit the fan and be off the air before you could blink.

BUT Christians are so cooky that they deserve a show like this.

Don't like it then don't watch it.

9:18 PM, January 07, 2006  

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