Evangelical Christians gain political clout in Catholic Brazil

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When televangelist Silas Malafaia gathered 40,000 followers outside Brazil's Congress this week, it wasn't just to raise their arms to the sky and praise the Lord.


The rally was a show of support for lawmakers who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage and a message to other politicians that they should not ignore Brazil's fast-growing evangelical churches if they want to stay in office.

"Gay activism is moral garbage," Malafaia roared into the microphone to a cheering crowd on the grassy esplanade of the Brazilian capital. "Satan will not destroy our family values."

The rise of evangelical Christians as a conservative political force in Latin America's largest nation has put the ruling Workers' Party on guard and led President Dilma Rousseff – who is seeking re-election in 2014 – to appoint an evangelical bishop to her cabinet.

The growing clout of evangelical churches is also bringing social and moral issues such as abortion to the center of the national agenda, some say at the expense of political and economic reforms needed to restore robust growth to the world's seventh-largest economy.

Written By: Anthony Boadle
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  1. Record numbers leaving the RC Church – only to go to the Evangelists! How frustrating. Another Government with such a promising name as The Workers’ Party remains in the thrall of this crap!

  2. Loss of rainforest, illegal logging, unregulated pollution, Native people having their lands misappropriated by invading impoverished urban populations, whole areas of lawlessness – and let’s see – what’s the urgent issue on the government and religious agenda???????

    The growing clout of evangelical churches is also bringing social and moral issues such as abortion to the center of the national agenda, some say at the expense of political and economic reforms

  3. ” One in four Brazilians is an evangelical Christian today “

    Isn’t that inordinately high? Not good none the less to have such a large modern country entertaining such vehement delusions.

  4. This is an example of why I think people are a bit too hysterical about Islam and not concerned enough about evangelical Christianity. The idea of the radical Islamists being able to follow through on their rhetoric about establishing a caliphate is just laughable. The Shia and the Sunni sects tend to hate each other at least as much as they hate the west. And when you take a realistic look at their actual power its fairly minimal. Most analysts agree that since 9/11 Al Queda and other extremist groups are decreasing in popularity, not surprising. And they have minimal influence with world leaders. Some with the Saudis for example, but the Saudis in power use them more as a tactic — something they can alternately crack down on when they want to please the west and they can seem to give tacit support for when they are afraid of Islamic fundamentalists who threaten their power from within.

    The evangelicals on the other hand are a totally different matter. They already have access at the highest levels of many major government including the one that spends roughly the same on its military as the rest of the world combined. The Family scares me a lot more than Al Queda. Many of the leading US politicians seek their favor and its not just the extreme right even Hillary Clinton was a member at one point (don’t know if she still is). And unlike Al Queda The Family seeks to work quietly and at the highest levels of power. Influencing everything from prayer breakfasts in the US Congress to “kill the gays” laws in Africa. And if you read what the family actually believes its horrifying. Their leaders in the past have explicitly praised tactics from fascists and communists saying that the level of zealotry and disdain for conventional morals was a model for their movement. They believe you can literally kill, rape, and torture and as long as you do it in the name of Jesus and go to confession after its fine.

    I recommend the book: The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by ex Family member Jeff Sharlet.

  5. First and foremost this man is a con man. His statements are determined by whatever will bring him the most money. The problem then is not what this guy professes to believe, but that this is the message that echoes best in Brazil. Brazil is not the tolerant happy place you would guess from the tourism videos.

    • I beg to differ and I suppose you also live in Brazil, like I do. Brazil IS a tolerant country. Well, I’m an atheist and I’m always vocal to proclaim my views on such matters when inquired. I’m 36 years old, and I’ve been a non-believer since I was 16. Using a sample of one, not even once I was ever ditracted because I said I was an unbeliever, even by the most fervent evangelical. Their response invariably rovers around an invitation to come to their cult or they express their concern with my eventual salvation. But of course, they want to spread and proselitize as much as they want of their deluded views, and that includes those ridiculous and intolerant verses contained in the bible.

      And as you know as well as I do, the evangelicals are considered by the remaining 75% of the population as sexually closeted or even as hypocrites.

      Na boa, viajou irmão…

      In reply to #5 by Roedy:

      First and foremost this man is a con man. His statements are determined by whatever will bring him the most money. The problem then is not what this guy professes to believe, but that this is the message that echoes best in Brazil. Brazil is not the tolerant happy place you would guess from the to…

  6. Never mind satan,these Evangelicals and Catholics are responsible for a good deal of pain and anguish in the world.Say, is it just me or does the man look like he is about to start foaming at the mouth?

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