A Brazilian judge on Wednesday ordered Netflix to take off the air a Christmas special that some called blasphemous for depicting Jesus as a gay man.
The ruling by Rio de Janeiro judge Benedict Abicair responded to a petition by a Brazilian Catholic organization that argued the “honor of millions of Catholics” was hurt by the airing of “The First Temptation of Christ.”
Netflix told The Associated Press it would not comment on the ruling.
Abicair said the program’s withdrawal “is beneficial not only to the Christian community, but to Brazilian society which is mostly Christian.”
The ruling, which apparently only applies to Brazil, is valid until another court orders otherwise.
“The First Temptation of Christ” depicts Jesus returning home on his 30th birthday and insinuates he is gay. Religious groups bristled at the depiction, with millions signing an online petition for its removal. Creators of the film have defended it as legitimate freedom of expression.