Initially, I got irritated Thursday night reading about how people were complaining and condemning the show. I don’t think anyone is in any position to condemn or judge. And I often rail about how people, secular and non-secular, need better things to do with their time than make outrageous and silly statements to the press.
I can see why people wanted to watch it – a quick Technorati search showed me a lot of people watched because they heard about it because of the controversy or simply to piss off the religious right.
On the other hand, I can see how Christians who feel strongly about their faith can be offended by the portrayals of a family one might describe as highly dysfunctional – a father who abuses Vicodin, a mother who abuses alcohol, a daughter arrested for selling marijuana, a Republican gay son and an adopted son obsessed with having sex with his girlfriend. Most families I know have one, maybe two of those things going on, but I guess that’s where the comparison to Desperate Housewives comes in.