The New York Times writes about anti-gay violence rocking the LGBT community in Brazil, attributing some of the rising violence and intolerance to a troubled economy as well as increasingly intolerant rhetoric from American-style Pentacostal congregations who use the gay community as a scapegoat for the ills afflicting Brazilian society.
“Nearly 1,600 people have died in hate-motivated attacks in the past four and a half years… a gay or transgender person is killed almost every day in this nation of 200 million.”
It is so sad to think that of all the wonderful things the US can export, it is the Evangelical movement that is taking hold in Brazil. The Brazilian economy will eventually rebound – Brazilians are resourceful and hard working. However the hate that is taught as ‘religion’ by these Evangelicals will sadly remain. You can read the full article in the NYT here.