History channel’s “The Bible,” an epic ten-episode TV miniseries which introduced last night what can only be described as a mirror image of Barack Obama portraying “Satan,” is touting as its top advisors some of the leaders of the religious right’s anti-gay movement. From Focus On The Family president Jim Daly, to Pastors Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, and T.D. Jakes, “The Bible” has found an audience thanks to its claim of taking the Bible “as fact.”
Husband and wife producers Mark Burnett (Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice and The Voice) and Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) “approached History and struck a deal, which included a sizable CGI budget to bring state-of-the-art realism to the Great Flood, the parting of the Red Sea, God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and other Bible stories,” TV Guide reports:
The duo then formed an advisory board with some of America’s top spiritual leaders.
“We weren’t qualified to teach the Bible, but we knew plenty of people who were,” says Burnett, whose interfaith panel included pastors Joel Osteen, Rick Warren and T.D. Jakes, Bishop Michael Sheridan, Focus on the Family president Jim Daly and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez.
“So why are the guy who created ‘Shark Tank’ and ‘Survivor,’ and the woman who played an angel tackling ‘The Bible’?,” ABC News asks:
“The Bible is the foundation of this nation, of our laws, of our society,” Burnett said. “There wouldn’t have been the Declaration of Independence. President Obama swore his allegiance to all of us not on one Bible, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Bible and Abraham Lincoln’s bible last month. It’s on our money: ‘In God We Trust.’”
“We believe the Bible,” Burnett said. “However, on this project, there’s only one way to approach this. You have to take the Bible as a fact.”
“We have run into people that have thought, believe it or not, that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife, or that Sodom and Gomorrah lived happily ever after,” Downey said. “And [we] thought, if nothing else, just to set the record straight.”
Jim Daly and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson have claimed same-sex marriage is a threat to civilization.
And Joel Osteen calls homosexuality God not at his best.
Of course, if you want, “The Bible: The Epic Miniseries” is available for pre-order on Amazon.
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