Judge Orders Netlfix To Stop Showing 'Gay Jesus' Film
Petition to have the show removed signed by Two million people.
A Brazilian judge has ordered streaming giant Netflix to remove the controversial film which portrays Jesus as a gay man, according to reports.
The case was brought by Rio-based Catholic organization against 'The First Temptation of Christ,' in which one scene showed Jesus introducing his implied boyfriend to his family.
The organization argued the show hurt the 'honor' of millions of Catholics.
A petition to have the show removed was signed by two million people.
The production company who made the film, Porta dos Fundos, had Molotov cocktails thrown at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro on Christmas Eve.
Netflix has refused to comment on the judgment.
Judge Benedicto Abicair said the censorship of the film will be 'beneficial' to the Christian community and Brazilian society.
"The right to freedom of expression ... is not absolute," he said.
"I understand, yes, that there must be reflection so that excesses do not occur, avoiding nefarious consequences for many, due to eventual foolishness by a few."
"Exhibiting the 'artistic production' ... may cause graver and more irreparable damage than its suspension."
The decision has been since been condemned as censorship by The Order of Attorneys of Brazil, the Brazilian Bar Association.
"Any form of censorship or threat to this hard-won freedom means a setback, and cannot be accepted by society," Felipe Santa Cruz, the Order's president, said in a statement.
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The injunction will be valid until the merits of the lawsuit are determined.
After the injunction was initially denied by a lower court, the Catholic organization Centro Dom Bosco de Fe e Cultura appealed and was successful.
Three masked men attacked the show's creators headquarters in Rio de Janeiro last month.
Three masked men claimed responsibility for the attack, according to CCTV footage.
In December, Netflix faced intense backlash after announcing the release of the film.
The flick was argued to be a ruthless attack on Jesus Christ and Christianity in general.
The group released The Last Hangover on Netflix last December, which is a movie inspired by "The Hangover" that retells Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples as a drunken night of debauchery.
In this year's new Christmas special, however, Jesus turns 30 and brings his gay boyfriend home to meet Mary and Joseph.