Fox’s upcoming show, Lucifer, does not have a release date, yet, but it is already upsetting a few Christian groups who disapprove of the devil’s depiction.
With the date of its scheduled TV show Lucifer release yet to be announced, Fox Network is already facing a petition to halt. A group is up in arms affected by what it says is a mockery of the Bible. The group, One Million Moms is part of American Family Association. It is a Christian faith group and, using its website, it has launched a petition TV show halted.
One Million Moms, in the petition, says the show portrays a mischaracterization of Satan and says Fox’s decision to air the show mocks their Christian faith. They have issue with the shows premise and it has garnered over 16,000 concerned moms’ signatures petitioning the halting of the TV show. This is still a low figure compared to the targeted one million petitioners. Another petition started by the American Family Association has garnered nearly 130,000 signatures. The petition by One Million Moms argues that the program’s previews “mischaracterize Satan, departs from true biblical teachings about him, and inaccurately portrays the beliefs of the Christian faith”. However, the issues raised against the program do not end there. The group has also raised objections to what it views as inappropriate scenes. These are quoted in the petition as “graphic acts of violence, a nightclub featuring scantily-clad women and a demon.”
Lucifer is based on a DC Comics series which shares the same name. The devil who in the series is called Lucifer Morningstar is bored with hell and leaves coming to earth where he lives in Los Angeles, the City of Angeles, where he opens up a club called Lux. His move does not please God who sends an Angel Amenadiel to earth to convince Lucifer to go back to hell. Lucifer is portrayed enjoying his life in retirement with food, parties and wine until a brutal murder of a female pop star happens outside his club. This is when he steps in to help the police solve the crime using his ability to “draw out people’s secrets”.
During his time helping the police he is taken in with a female detective’s kindness and purity which makes him question his own values. The show’s description raises the question: “can the devil incarnate be tempted toward the side of good, or will his original calling put him back toward evil?” This humanizing of the devil and making him out as a good guy is what some Christian groups find most offensive.