curated: fundie Christians demand Netflix cancel Amazon Prime’s Good Omens

One might wonder why God has seen fit that his most devout followers are often not blessed with an abundance of brains. The Guardian:

More than 20,000 Christians have signed a petition calling for the cancellation of Good Omens, the television series adapted from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s 1990 fantasy novel – unfortunately addressing their petition to Netflix when the series is made by Amazon Prime.

[T]hey say that Good Omens is “another step to make satanism appear normal, light and acceptable”, and “mocks God’s wisdom”. God, they complain, is “voiced by a woman” – Frances McDormand – the antichrist is a “normal kid” and, most importantly, “this type of video makes light of Truth, Error, Good and Evil, and destroys the barriers of horror that society still has for the devil”. They are calling on Netflix to cancel the show.

I’m not sure that Good Omens makes satanism appear “normal, light and acceptable,” but as embodied by David Tennant’s Crowley, satanism sure does come across as fucking sexy. But sexy is bad, right?

I take their point, however, that Good Omens does mock the very nature of religion by saying outright that notions of good and evil do not come from any sort of deity but from within us all. That is indeed a very humanist concept. And Good Omens is deeply humanist in that it insists that morality and ethics have fuck all to do with God.


The publisher and science fiction critic Cheryl Morgan tweeted: “Miraculously God has already done it. Don’t tell them She put it on Amazon instead.”


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