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'Black Jesus' draws criticism from Christians

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

A controversial television show that debuts Thursday night has some Christians up in arms.

Black Jesus, which airs at 11 p.m. on Atlanta-based Adult Swim, "finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers."

In the trailer for the show, Jesus, played by Gerald "Slink" Johnson, curses and talks about drinking and "smoking weed."

There are nine petitions on Change.Org demanding its cancellation and only one in support of it.

The nine petitions have a total of 13,568 signatures (it is unclear if any are duplicates).

One of the petitions states, "This is blasphemy and an insult to all believers of Jesus Christ. This TV show has twisted the words of our Lord to make a mockery of him and simply can't be tolerated. This show is also racist and degrading to the black community."

When signing the petition, Stefan Watkins-Krukowski said, "Just because you don't believe in something doesn't mean you should be allowed to make fun of others who do. Freedom of religion, not freedom from religion."

One of the show's actresses, Kali Hawk, in response to criticism tweeted, "Since I did #BlackJesus I've had more meaningful conversations abt Jesus than ever. I think it's doing its job 😉"

"This show is not an exercise to offend people," creator Aaron McGruder said of the comedy in an Los Angeles Times. "It has lots of heart."

McGruder told The LA Times he "hopes viewers get past the coarse language and humor to grasp the show's morality lessons and penetrating inquiries about the state of modern society."

"I want people to judge the show for what it is, not what they hear about it or the title," McGruder told paper.

Adult Swim released the following statement:

"Black Jesus is a satire and one interpretation of the message of Jesus played out in modern day morality tales; and despite what some may consider a controversial depiction of Jesus, it is not the intent to offend any race or people of faith."

Watch the trailer and tell us what you think of the show.

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