WBIR-TV's statement on NBC program, "The Book of Daniel"
A statement from WBIR-TV General Manager, Jeff Lee
Thank you for your expression of concern and interest in the program, "The Book of Daniel." We have heard from many of you.
We at WBIR find ourselves in a no-win situation. Regardless of our decision, some of our viewers will be upset. We don't like upsetting even one viewer.
"The Book of Daniel" is a TV program: that's all.
We think you should make up your own mind as to whether or not to watch any TV program.
We know that you have many choices of what you can watch, and that decision should be yours alone. You know best what's right for your household.
We are not debating whether "The Book of Daniel" is a good or bad program; that is for you to decide.
WBIR will air "The Book of Daniel." We will air warnings that the program is not for everyone.
The decision to watch it or not to watch it is entirely yours.
Thank you for listening, and we hope you understand WBIR's decision.
I completely agree with their decision. It really irks me that some of the same people who bitch and moan about Christ being taken out of Christmas are the same ones who attack the freedom of speech and expression of a show like this. Sorry, but they are being hypocrites. And that hypocrisy is one of the things that hampers their cause. It makes them look really dumb and selfish in wanting to censor this show. I'm not talking about all Christians here, just the ones who get all worked up over a TV show. This show is NOT an attack on Christianity. It's a fictional story of a priest's challenges and how his faith works, or doesn't work, in helping him. I will be better able to decide if it ridicules religion after I've watched. But I suspect that it does not ridicule religion as much as it is a story of human failures and challenges and triumphs.
And I do plan to watch the show because I enjoy TV shows and movies with religious themes, even if they aren't exactly theologically or biblically 'correct'. I loved the show Joan of Arcadia and hated to see it cancelled.
To echo the sentiments of Jeff Lee, if you don't like it don't watch it. But please, don't try to take away the choices of those who might want to watch it.