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One Million People Sign Petition Against Netflix Show Depicting Jesus As Gay

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More than a million people have signed a petition calling for Netflix to remove a comedy that depicts Jesus as a gay man.

The First Temptation of Christ was made by a YouTube comedy group and was released by Netflix in Brazil on 3 December.

In the one-off show, it is implied that Jesus is in a sexual relationship with his male friend Orlando.

Netflix’s description of the show reads: “Jesus, who’s hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family. A Christmas special so wrong, it must be from comedians Porta dos Fundos.”

At the time of writing, 1,509,329 people have signed a petition against the programme.

The storyline follows Jesus attempting to deny his true feelings – that he is gay – while downplaying his relationship with Orlando.

Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of homophobic Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, blasted the film on social media.

He wrote: “We support freedom of expression, but is it worth attacking the belief of 86 percent of the population?”

Abraham Mathai, president, Indian Christian Voice said: “As a member of the Christian community and follower of Christ, I join the rest of hundreds of thousands who have registered their protests calling for the Netflix Christmas Special depicting Jesus in a gay relationship to be axed immediately.

“Even though freedom of expression is a fundamental and a constitutional right, using the same liberty to offend the sentiments of the members of a particular faith persuasion is highly abhorrent and totally unacceptable.”

“The film, besides being blasphemous, vulgar and disrespectful, should be pulled off forthwith without any further delay, as it is serious and highly offensive to the Christian community worldwide.

“Netflix should follow the example set by Walmart by making a public apology to the Christian community world over by withdrawing the Christmas sweater which had an offensive message.”

He added: ”Belittling and negating the deity and stature of a person who turned the world right-side up with his exemplary character and impeccable integrity should not be entertained under any circumstances.

People also took to Twitter to voice their concerns over the film.

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