The role of religion in Brazilian politics

The growing influence of evangelicals in Brazilian politics scares non-religious groups. But is it possible to separate religion and politics?

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President Jair Bolsonaro meets with religious leaders. Photo: Carolina Antunes/PR

In Brazilian electoral politics, there are rules to try and even the playing field, punishing candidates who win their races thanks to the unfair use of money — labeled an “abuse of economic power” — with impeachment. This week, the country’s Superior Electoral Court tried a case which would decide the level of scrutiny religious leaders would face when running for office. They would decide whether or not to create the crime of “abuse of religious power,” and if it should be an impeachable offense. The case was brought up by Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin, who believes that religious...

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