Two weeks ago today, I wrote about a new comedy film on Netflix from a Brazilian comedy troupe. The film, A Primeira Tentação de Cristo (The First Temptation of Christ), is the creation of Porta dos Fundos (Back Door).
The comedy depicts Jesus as homosexual, visiting Joseph and Mary for his thirtieth birthday and bringing home his boyfriend.
In my earlier post, which you can read here, I wrote about a petition that had, at the time, been signed by more than one million angry Christians. The signatures have now reached more than 2.3 million.
This update is not about the additional million or so signatures, though. On Christmas Eve, the headquarters for Porta dos Fundos was attacked with Molotov cocktails. Angry Christians were apparently not content with just signing a petition, since Netflix is still featuring the film.
The group posted several tweets on their Twitter feed regarding the attack. “In the early morning of December 24, on Christmas Eve, the headquarters of Porta dos Fundos was the victim of an attack. Molotov cocktails were thrown at our building,” read one tweet.
Another tweet explained that a security guard was able to contain the fire quickly, with no one being injured.
“We will move on, more united, stronger, more inspired and confident that the country will survive this storm of hatred and love will prevail alongside freedom of speech,” read another tweet. Another message added that security camera footage had been shared with authorities so the guilty parties could be apprehended.
Interestingly, in my first post on this film, I referenced my coverage of the McJesus sculpture which had been on display in an Israeli museum throughout much of 2018 and early 2019. The sculpture caused hundreds of Christians in Israel to riot, culminating in someone throwing a firebomb at the museum. This resulted in Israeli authorities dispersing the rioters with tear gas and stun grenades.
Christians are not the only ones, of course, who have taken to extremes when their religious sensibilities are offended. From Muslims getting incensed over cartoons, to Hindus getting angry over television commercials, this kind of extreme offense and religious motivated hysteria is terrifying.
These people are motivated to commit acts of terrorism and violence in order to stifle free speech. They do this in the name of their superstitious beliefs in ancient gods. It is the height of archaic stupidity.
Porta dos Fundos in their tweet saying that they would "move on, more united, stronger, more inspired, and confident" is reassuring. It takes bravery to stand up to this kind of hatred and religious intolerance, but it is necessary to maintain our freedom of expression in a world where ultra-conservative religious theocrats want to stifle the voices of anyone they disagree with.