Good Omens is getting good reviews, with the Radio Times calling the six-part miniseries "a devilishly amusing love letter" to the 1990 fantasy novel from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, on which it's based.
Amazon released the six-part series last month, starring David Tennant as the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale, who team up to prevent the coming of the antichrist and the apocalypse.
Good Omens garnered mostly positive reviews, earning a score of 83 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics highlighting its humor, charm and the quality of the performances delivered by the cast. The result has been called "devilishly amusing", but not everyone was pleased, and that includes a furious Christian group that petitioned for the project's cancellation.
Return To Order claims the programme "presents devils and Satanists as normal and even good, where they merely have a different way of being, and mocks God's wisdom".
"The Netflix series Good Omens portrays the agents of Good and Evil as fighters in an arbitrary struggle devoid of meaning and truth", the petition reads.
The petition, which was started by the Return to Order campaign, and has since been removed as of Thursday evening, surpassed its signature goal of 15,000 individuals, USA Today noted. The user who directed Gaiman to the petition joked: "I think Mr. Gaiman and Mr. Pratchett would be very pleased with this complaint".
Some petition-signers' concerns lie in the show's portrayal of God, which they criticize for being "voiced by a woman" (Frances McDormand) and of the Antichrist, which they wrote is depicted as a "normal kid". Another of its petitions in April called on Walmart to "stop selling Satanic products" following a 2018 protest against a "blasphemous ice cream chain called Sweet Jesus".