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Afro-Brazilian religions in danger in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

African-Brazilian religions in danger in Bolsonaro's Brazil
Candomble group wearing traditional clothes at Bonfim Church in Salvador, Bahia

Speaking to supporters during a campaign event last year, then-presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro proclaimed: “God is above all. There is no such thing as a secular state. The state is Christian and if minorities don’t like that they can leave. Minorities must bow to the majority.”

Though identifying as Catholic, President Bolsonaro was baptized as an Evangelical Christian in 2016, in the waters of the Jordan River in Israel. Three years earlier, Mr. Bolsonaro married his wife Michele, in a ceremony conducted by prominent Evangelical pastor Silas Malafaia. Brazil’s head of state is therefore inextricably linked...

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