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Just Your Typical “Episcopalian Priest” Story

Another TV show getting those troublesome Christian conservatives all riled up. This time, it’s NBC’s The Book of Daniel, which is apparently a mid-season replacement, starring Aidan Quinn in the title role.

But tell me, does this sound like Hollywood has any idea how the rest of us live?

Webster [Quinn’s character] is shown having visions of and conversations with Jesus Christ in the flesh and has such a bizarro extended family that his priesthood and parish are in jeopardy of forging a relationship with the mafia.

“I’m an Episcopalian priest who struggles with a little self-medication problem, and I have a 23-year-old son who’s gay, and a 16-year-old daughter who’s caught dealing pot, and another son who’s jumping on every high school girl he sees, and a wife who’s very loving but also likes her martinis,” Quinn told the AP.

“I can’t tell you how many people have said to me, ‘Hey, that sounds like my family.’”

I can only assume one of two things. Either he can’t tell us how many people have said that to him because the number is zero, or he travels in some pretty “interesting” company (that’d be goodfella Episcopalian priests with alcoholic wives, drug-dealing daughters, and gay sons).

I guess the American Family Association is calling for a boycott of the series. Seems like a waste of time to me (both the boycott and the series, I mean). I won’t be watching it, but not because of any call for a boycott. Based on the premise of the series, it sounds like it’s destined for obscurity anyway (but then, I didn’t think Desperate Housewives would take off, so maybe I’m not a good judge of such things).

Sometimes they make turning off the tube so gosh-darn easy.

2 Responses to “Just Your Typical “Episcopalian Priest” Story”

  1. Robert Says:

    Sadly, though, this sounds like a lot of Episcopalians I’ve known. So maybe Quinn is right.

  2. David Says:

    OK. So maybe NBC is going after that critical (and ever-growing) Episcopalean demographic.

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