Brazil’s top court overturns restriction on Netflix’s ‘gay Jesus’ movie, calls it ‘free speech’

BRASILIA, Brazil, January 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews)– Brazil’s Supreme Court reversed a ban on Netflix’s streaming of a blasphemous film in the country that depicted Jesus as homosexual. The restriction was in impact for about one day.

The president of the Supreme Court, Dias Toffoli, said yesterday that Netflix ought to be permitted to continue providing comedy movie The First Temptation of Christ since “flexibility of speech” is basic in a democracy.

The comedydepicts Jesus of Nazareth as a homosexual who brings his partner house to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph for his 30th birthday party. The funny likewise portrays God the Father as a cruel and spiteful divine being and St. Joseph as cowardly.

According to Post 208 of the Brazilian Penal Code, to “openly denigrate an act or item of religious praise’ is a criminal offense punishable by approximately one year in prison.” According to the BBC, Toffoli argued that “One can not suppose that an amusing satire has the capability to damage the values of the Christian faith, whose existence is traced back more than 2 thousand years, and which is the belief of the bulk of Brazilian people.”

The original judicial choice to prohibit the movie in Brazil followed a petition signed by over two million Brazilians specifying that the comical movie broke the law and “seriously offended Christians.”

This reversal was not a surprise to Brazilian college student Ricardo German, who told LifeSiteNews the other day that he anticipated Wednesday’s ban, bied far by Judge Benedicto Abecair, to be reversed by a greater court.