CONIC letter: concern with polarized and belic context

BRAZIL-

The Brazilian National Council of Christian Churches (CONIC), joins the voices of democratic leaders and institutions that express their concerns about the polarized and belic context planned for the Day of Independence. We refer to the initiative of the National Council for Human Rights which solicited to the United Nations and the Interamerican Commission of Human Rights the tracking of the manifestations taking place on September 7 to protest against the violations of human rights against people and organisations that defend democracy. Likewise we note the alert and concern of international academic and political personalities about the consequences of antidemocratic acts.

We express our total repudiation of the religious leaders who use their charisma to inflame polarization and framing people against each other. Religious vocation requires a compromise with peace and justice, as expressed in Matthew 5. The alliance between religion and power has historically led to profound processes of violence. Religious leaders who call the name of faith to justify the use of weapons and to inflame social conflicts must adopt this position in its name and not God’s.

For more than six years, Brazil has been economically and socially stuck. Social inequalities deepen, we face a pandemic that has killed almost 600 thousand people to this day, due to a lack of compromise of the institutions that should watch over the life and health of the populi. It’s imperative to organise public policies to attend the people who were left with COVID-19 sequels, as well as support the orphans of the pandemic. It’s also urgent for the country to grow again.

We urgently need a political and economic agenda of sovereignty to construct collective solutions for our inclusive and sustainable economic development. This debate is essential for a nation project. Brazil is a big example of how the sum of richness and inequality leads to poorness. The social investment in health and education are not a waste nor a squander, but perhaps one of the most profitable investments. A study by the World Bank from 2018 points that the performance obtained by investing in education is high. For every 100.00 BRL invested by the State in education we expect a return of 110.00 BRL.

In this sense, the biggest self critic that the Brazilian elites can do is to contribute to the construction of a nation project oriented towards strengthening education and public and universal health, economic growth, reduction of inequalities, and environmental sustainability.

Social, popular, indigenous, ecological, women’s, and black movements have spent years indicating alternatives to get out of the vicious circle that leads us always to the same spot: concentration of richness and luxury for the elites at the expense of unemployment, destruction of our environment, racism, and hunger.

To glimpse the hope of Brazil requires necessarily what the prophet Amos prophesized: to not sell the innocent for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals. To not trample on the heads of the poor as on the dust of the grind, and to not deny justice to the oppressed. (Am 2:6-8)

Brazilian National Council of Christian Churches – (CONIC)

Translation: Massimiliano Tron F

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