Financial projections in Brazil mark the day of Fighting Against Religious Intolerance



O CESE – Ecumenical Service CoordinationKOINONIA, Ecumenical Presence and Services; FEACT – Ecumenic ACT Forum Brazil, and CEBIC – Bahia Ecumenic Council of Christian Churches – did a series of projection on the night of Thursday January 20, in allusion to the National Day Against Religious Intolerance that was commemorated this 21st. The action took place on the streets of Sao Paulo (SP), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), and Salvador (BA). The date is a commemoration to Mãe Gilda de Ogum, who died 24 years ago from a heart attack after being the victim of religious racism. Since then, Mother Gilda and January 21st symbolise the fight for freedom and the respect for diversity.

Statistics show the reality: menaces to free protest hit, in the majority of the cases, people with African religions. On the first semester of 2019 alone there was a growth of 56% on the number of cases, compared to the same period last year, according to data from Disque 100 published by the Brazilian news Brasil de Fato. Out of the 354 denounces, 233 had no informed religious segment, but 61 refers to religions of African matrix; 18 spiritualist; 12 catholic; 12 Jehovah’s Witnesses; 11 evangelic; 3 christian; 2 buddhist; 1 protestant, and 1 case of violence against atheists.

The acts of religious intolerance also reach indigenous spiritualities: last year, 7 houses of Guaraní and Kaiowá prayer were set fire in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, according to a CIMI publication – Missionary Indigenous Council.

People of all expressions of faith matter and deserve respect, even those who do not profess any creed. Our commitment is with defense. Religious intolerance is a crime.

Translation: Massimiliano Tron F

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