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Christian group in Good Omens Netflix blunder
Christian group in Good Omens Netflix blunder

A US Christian group calling for the cancellation of Amazon's Good Omens have been lampooned after mistakenly sending a 20,000-strong protest petition to Netflix.

The Return to Order sect argue the show, about a demon and angel uniting to stop Armageddon, normalises Satanism and "mocks God's wisdom".

Netflix responded in jest with a "promise" to halt production

Amazon playfully said they would cancel Netflix hit Stranger Things in return

The six-part series is based upon the 1990 novel written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - who also wrote the screenplay and worked as a showrunner on the series.

The adaptation, fulfils, according to Gaiman, one of Pratchett's last requests, .

It stars David Tennant as the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale, who must both work together to overcome humanity's divisions.

But a campaign by religious group Return to Order calls for the "blasphemous" show to be pulled "at once".

The petition, promoted in a Facebook post since May 13, also expresses concern that:

God is "voiced by a woman" - two-time Oscar-winner Frances McDormand The antichrist is "portrayed as a normal kid that has special powers" The "four riders of the Apocalypse, God's means of punishing sinful earth, are portrayed as a group of bikers."

However, the group - inspired by the writings of biblical scholar John Horvat II - have undermined the support of 20,000 signatories by addressing it to Netflix

The blunder over the show, in fact an Amazon and BBC co-production, has gone viral on social media since Thursday.

"Get your research right before making petition ...I love the Lord and fully agree on your point but have your ducks in a row before you accuse and start division where it shouldn't be," wrote one follower in frustration.

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Gaiman responded to the petition on Twitter, writing: "I love that they are going to write to Netflix to try and get #GoodOmens cancelled. Says it all really. This is so beautiful ... Promise me you won't tell them?"

The user who directed Gaiman to the petition joked: "I think Mr. Gaiman and Mr. Pratchett would be very pleased with this complaint."

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