It has always been absurd that the followers of a faith that believes in an all-powerful deity would think that they need to take law into their own hands or to require the government to crack down on what they see as heresy and heretics. If their god is upset, surely he could deal with it by himself? Conversely, the fact that their god did not do anything must be because he was not upset by whatever it was that got his followers all hot and bothered.
However the head of Brazil’s supreme court seems to have understood this logic, overturning a ruling by a lower court judge that Netflix must remove the parody film The First Temptation of Christ that I earlier reviewed favorably here. Religious fanatics had firebombed the offices of the comedy troupe that created the film.
The president of Brazil’s supreme court has issued an order that allowing Netflix to continue showing a satirical film depicting Jesus as a gay man and reaffirmed Brazilians’ right to free speech.
“It is not to be assumed that a humorous satire has the magic power to undermine the values of the Christian faith, whose existence goes back more than two thousand years,” supreme court president José Antonio Dias Toffoli wrote in his decision.
Netflix earlier the same day filed an official complaint with the country’s top legal authority, decrying attempted censorship by a judge in Rio de Janeiro who ordered the film’s withdrawal from its platform. The film was never removed.