Thousands of Brazilian Christians are canceling their subscriptions to Netflix in protest against a movie portraying Jesus as having a homosexual relationship with Satan. Muslims in Brazil have decided to sue the producers of the blasphemous film.
Over 1.5 million people have signed an online petition urging Netflix to axe the movie and take action against the producers for their "alleged insensitivity toward Christians."
The First Temptation of Christ (A Primeira Tentacao de Cristo), released on Dec. 3, features a gay Jesus bringing Orlando, his boyfriend, home to meet Mary and Joseph, as well as a love triangle with Joseph, Mary and Jesus as participants.
Jesus tries to downplay his relationship with Orlando, who hints the pair are more than just friends. Orlando has paired up with Jesus for a 40-day desert trip — linking him to the devil, who tempts Jesus in the wilderness.
"Jesus, who's hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family, but the party holds other surprises," states the Netflix blurb. In addition, there are hints that the conception of Jesus was not virginal and that Mary would betray Joseph.
The flick, showing Jesus as a closeted homosexual, is produced by Brazil-based Porta dos Fundos — a YouTube comedy group that angered Catholics in 2018 with a movie titled The Last Hangover, which portrays Jesus as a drunk and shows his disciples looking for Jesus the morning after the Last Supper.
Bishop of Palmares Dom Henrique Soares da Costa blasted The First Temptation of Christ as "extremely disrespectful" to the Christian faith and is urging Catholics to cancel their subscription to Netflix "as a gift to Our Lord."
"In the midst of preparing for the Lord's Nativity, Netflix has slapped the face of all Christians; spat in our faces, mocking our faith," the prelate lamented.
The bishop said he was a subscriber to the streaming platform, but "this week, I undid my subscription. I had to undo it! It was the least I could do! I deleted it and I felt happy, contented, as one who pays tribute to someone much loved!"
Bishop da Costa noted that the film was "instigated by the demonic force that has inspired so many hearts and minds in these times of neo-paganism," and urged non-Christians to boycott Netflix.
"If you think this is a serious mistake, I ask you that, even if you are not a believer, you can also cancel your subscription, in the name of the health of our society and for the sake of good coexistence among Brazilians!" he wrote on Facebook in a post titled "No Netflix: A Simple and Beautiful Gift for God Born of the Virgin."
"Cancel and state your the reason as: 'lack of respect for the religion of others,'" he urged.
The Brazilian bishops' conference also criticized the 40-minute film, saying there is a limit to freedom of expression.
Brazilian missionary to England Fr. Jonatas Bragatto told Church Militant that "both Catholics and Protestants in Brazil have united against this profanity against our faith."
"Many Christian leaders are challenging the authorities to respond in the light of Article 208 of Brazil's penal code and urging their flock to end their Netflix subscriptions," he said.
Bragatto explained that defamation of religion is illegal under Brazilian law, as the code specifically prohibits public vilification of any religious act or object of religious worship, punishable by a fine or incarceration up to a year.
Girrad Mahmoud Sammour, president of ANAJI, issued a statement noting that article 5, section VI, of the Brazilian Constitution, stands for the protection and respect of the sacred. He also stressed the criminal implications of Article 208 for blasphemy.
Não satisfeito em interpretar Jesus Cristo como gay e se recusando a falar de Deus na Netflix, agora @gduvivier foi além.— Eduardo Bolsonaro���� (@BolsonaroSP) December 14, 2019
Escreveu um artigo na @folha se passando por Jesus, retratando novamente o filho de Deus como gay e defensor de Karl Marx e mandando o leitor "tomar no cu". https://t.co/FPBoObVbrJ pic.twitter.com/hxLwH7tNBf
Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of conservative Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, has denounced the film on social media: "We support freedom of expression, but is it worth attacking the belief of 86% of the population?"
In a tweet, Bolsonaro slams a follow-up article in a Brazilian newspaper supporting the film: "Not satisfied with interpreting Jesus Christ as gay and refusing to speak of God on Netflix, now @gduvivier went beyond. Wrote an article in @folha posing as Jesus, portraying the son of God again as gay and advocate of Karl Marx and having the reader 'take it in the a**.'"
Pastors of Brazil's largest Pentecostal, evangelical and other Protestant denominations are also urging their members to cancel subscriptions to Netflix.
In May, Netflix threatened to boycott Georgia over its fetal heartbeat law, provoking pro-lifers to threaten their own boycott of the streaming service.
Two months later, Netflix's quarterly report showed a loss of 126,000 domestic paid subscribers, as a result of the boycott by pro-lifers.
Catholics and others who wish to protest Netflix's increasing attack on the Faith can cancel their Netflix subscriptions by clicking here.