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With a satirical film about Jesus, U.S. streaming service Netflix has drawn harsh criticism from church circles. In the Christmas special, Jesus is portrayed as a homosexual joke figure.
Referring to the release of "The First Temptation of Christ" in Brazil in early December, Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland wrote on Twitter, "Just unsubscribed from Netflix. Didn't have time to use it anyway – but blasphemers don't deserve a penny of support."
Online petition found millions of supporters
Many outraged Catholics on social media expressed similar sentiments about the controversial Netflix Christmas special. In it, Jesus is portrayed as a homosexual joke figure.
An online petition in Spanish against the comedy found more than 1.8 million supporters by Tuesday.
Lack of respect for Son of God
"Every Christian should complain about this film," Bishop Strickland urges. He accuses those responsible of a lack of respect for the Son of God, who also died for those who deny his existence.
The clergyman ended his critical remarks with the words, "Lord forgive them, for they know not what they do."