Rage over the feminine Jesus within the new Bella Thorne movie
Paris Jackson as Jesus in "habit"(Photo: tension pictures)
Thousands of people have signed petitions criticizing Bella Thorne's new film Habit, in which Jesus is portrayed as female.
Paris Jackson, daughter of late pop star Michael Jackson, was cast in the role of Jesus in the film about a girl masquerading as a nun trying to escape a violent drug business.
But Christian and conservative groups are angry at the portrayal of Jesus as a woman.
Over 130,000 people have signed a petition at CitizenGo calling the film "disrespectful" and "blasphemous".
The petition states that the indie film directed by Janell Shirtcliff and with rock singer Gavin Rossdale should not be released.
"This blasphemous content should not be tolerated," the petition of the Christian Film and Television Commission said.
"For Christians around the world who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, it is profoundly offensive to portray him in this way.
"We're making the public aware of this blasphemous film about Jesus. We have to work hard to get every studio to disseminate it."
A separate petition from the One Million Moms campaign group was signed by over 66,000 people.
"This sacrilegious film Habit mocks Christianity and mocks people of faith," it says.
"Elevated Films represents US rights to the project. Elevated Films has obviously gone too far.
"In a million years, the company would never produce a film that defamed Muhammad in a similar way.
"A million mothers have to make sure that this film is not released. 1MM needs your help to convince Elevated Films not to release Habit – not now, never."