Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Brazil’s Supreme Court overturns the ban on “The First Temptation of Christ”

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil is statistically calculated to be the country to possess the largest Catholic population. The Netflix show, The First Temptation of Christ (which runs 46 minutes long), portrays Jesus Christ as a homosexual. This caused a major uproar among the locals of Brazil. The people staged a protest by signing an online petition to hack the film. Over 2 million people have signed the petition.

The “humorous movie” was directed by the comedy group Porta dos Fundos. The movie was to come out as a Christmas special. The whole country was stewing in rage when the gay Jesus Christ, portrayed in the film, came home with his boyfriend, Orlando. A few among the enraged took to flinging gasoline bombs at the Porta dos Fundos Headquarters at Rio de Janeiro on Christmas Eve. Four men were involved in the attack, and no one was injured.

The group Porta dos Fundos

To curb the incessant mayhem, Judge Benedicto Abicair declared the temporary suspension of the film while it went through to the higher court. On Thursday, Supreme Court Judge Dias Toffoli tapped his gavel in favor of the comedy group Porta dos Fundos, stating that “it’s the freedom of speech” that got him to settle the verdict.

“We are not neglecting the relevance of respect for the Christian faith (as well as all other religious beliefs or their absence). However, it should not be assumed that a humorous satire has the power to undermine the values of the Christian faith, whose existence has been for more than two thousand years,” said Toffoli.

Source: CNN

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