Brazilian judge orders Netflix to stop streaming film portraying Jesus as a gay man who introduces his 'boyfriend' to his family. Netflix has been ordered to remove a programme portraying Jesus as a gay man from its streaming service by a Brazilian judge. The film, titled “The First Temptation of Christ,” premiered on Netflix Brazil on Dec. 3 and has since sparked a ton of controversy online for its satire that paints Jesus as a closeted homosexual on Christmas. Bishop Joseph Strickland joined the many Catholic voices deriding the film on social media.

A Rio-based Catholic organisation brought the case arguing 'The First Temptation of Christ', which shows Jesus introducing his implied boyfriend to his family, hurt the 'honour' of millions of Catholics.

Two million people signed a petition to have the show, produced as a Christmas special, removed after it was uploaded.

The production company, Porta dos Fundos, had molotov cocktails hurled at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro on Christmas Eve.

Netflix has said it will not comment on the judgement.

Judge Benedicto Abicair, ruling in Rio de Janeiro, said the programme's censorship will be 'beneficial' to the Christian community and Brazilian society.

'The right to freedom of expression ... is not absolute,' he said. 'I understand, yes, that there must be reflection so that excesses do not occur, avoiding nefarious consequences for many, due to eventual foolishness by a few.

'Exhibiting the 'artistic production' ... may cause graver and more irreparable damage than its suspension.'

The decision has been condemned as censorship by The Order of Attorneys of Brazil, the Brazilian Bar Association.

Brazilian judge orders Netflix to stop streaming film portraying Jesus as a gay man

'Any form of censorship or threat to this hard-won freedom means a setback, and cannot be accepted by society,' Felipe Santa Cruz, the Order's president, said in a statement.

The injunction is valid until the merits of the lawsuit are determined.

The injunction was initially denied by a lower court but, after Catholic organisation Centro Dom Bosco de Fe e Cultura appealed, it was successful. Two million people signed a petition calling for its removal.

Three masked men attacked the headquarters of the show's creators in Rio de Janeiro last month. The offices of Porta dos Fundos, the production company behind the Netflix satire suggesting Jesus was gay, was bombed on Christmas Eve, according to a report. No one was hurt in the attack which, however, “endangered several innocent lives in the company and on the street,” Porta dos Fundos said in a press statement.

Footage shows three masked men claiming responsibility for the attack, while CCTV caught them hurling Molotov cocktails at the building.

An image posted on social media afterwards alleged they only damaged the entrance-way.

Brazilian judge orders Netflix to stop streaming film portraying Jesus as a gay man

One man suspected of having been part of the attack has fled to Russia, and Brazilian authorities have issued a request for the international police organisation Interpol to help apprehend him.