Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks about Christophobia at the United Nations and appoints pro-abortion justice to the Brazilian Supreme Court
By Julio Severo
“I call upon the entire international community to protect religious freedom and fight against Christophobia,” said Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in his speech at the United Nations in September 22, 2020.
He ended his speech saying:
“Brazil is a Christian and conservative country, and has family as its foundation.”
The United Nations mentioned nothing not to offend Saudi Arabia, Iran, China and other nations that persecute Christians. Did Bolsonaro speak very little also not to offend them too much? It should not be offensive to specify the persecution, its main victims and the persecutors. After all, if he elaborated on Amazon (mentioned by him 6 times), COVID-19 (mentioned by him 7 times), economic issues (mentioned by him 8 times) and environmental issues (mentioned by him 10 times), why not also on Christophobia, which he mentioned just once without clarifying anything?
“Brazil is a Christian and conservative country” was never a reality in the Brazilian Congress, where Bolsonaro served as a congressman for about 3 decades. Even though he once supported Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, when he defended schoolchildren against homosexual indoctrination he received no support from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops of Brazil. But he received total support from the Evangelical Parliamentary Caucus.
In fact, the fight against homosexual indoctrination of schoolchildren made Bolsonaro famous among conservatives — even though today his fight is not strong as it was in the past.
For decades the Evangelical Parliamentary Caucus has been the most conservative force in the Brazilian Congress, and I was a spiritual adviser to this caucus for many years, especially on issues about abortion and the gay agenda.
No group in the Brazilian politics has traditionally fought against Christophobia more than the Evangelical Parliamentary Caucus has done.
Bolsonaro is a Catholic, but he always knew that when he needed support for a conservative cause, only the evangelical caucus could help him.
So it is no wonder that on July 10, 2019, after he attended a service by the Evangelical Parliamentary Caucus at the Brazilian Congress, Bolsonaro said:
“Many try to reject us by saying that the state is secular. The state is secular, but we are Christians. Or to plagiarize my dear [minister] Damares [Alves]: We are terribly Christian. And that spirit must be present in all the branches of government. Therefore, my commitment: I can appoint two ministers to the Supreme Federal Court. One of them will be terribly evangelical.”
In other official meeting in the Brazilian Congress, Bolsonaro confirmed:
“I reaffirm my commitment here: the state is secular, but we are Christians. And between the two vacancies that I will be entitled to appoint for the Supreme Court, one will be terribly evangelical.”
Evangelicals never asked from him an evangelical appointment for the Supreme Court, but they understood that his commitment was a sign of gratitude.
By his own experience receiving support from “terribly evangelical” congressmen, Bolsonaro knows very well that the “terribly evangelical” men are “terribly conservative.”
A few days after Bolsonaro’s speech in the United Nations, a vacancy was open in the Brazilian Supreme Court, but he chose to fill it with Kassio Nunes Marques, an appeals court justice praised by all the left in Brazil.
According to Janaína Paschoal, the famous Brazilian lawyer who successfully requested the impeachment of former socialist President Dilma Rousseff, in his thesis of master’s degree, Marques said that “the Judiciary can be activated to face the conservative majority” in abortion cases.
Paschoal was perplexed that in a thesis about health, Marques brought the subject of abortion, including Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. That is, he addressed abortion as a women’s health issue, not as murder, not as a life or death issue. He addressed it just as pro-abortion activists do.
So Marques talked about abortion where its discussion was not necessary and he is praised by the left. What should conservatives expect from him in the Brazilian Supreme Court?
What should conservatives expect from him about Christophobia when he said that “the Judiciary can be activated to face the conservative majority”?
During decades, Bolsonaro was supported not by the left, but by the Evangelical Parliamentary Caucus. For his presidential election, he received massive support from evangelicals, not from the left. So his commitment to appoint a “terribly evangelical” justice to the Supreme Court was just gratitude. But how should his failure to fulfill his commitment be seen by conservatives?
The appointment of a justice for the Supreme Court is an extension of the stances of a president. Past socialist presidents appointed their own justices, who now vote in support of left-wing causes. So Bolsonaro should appoint someone to change this imbalance.
Perhaps the most important legacy of a president is his appointment for the Supreme Court. Even though socialist presidents have left the Brazilian government years ago, the justices chosen by them continue their left-wing legacy. What a kind of legacy does Bolsonaro intend to leave for the future of Brazil in the Supreme Court?
If he thinks that a “terribly evangelical” justice will never be accepted because of conservatism, why promise and not deliver?
In the U.S., President Donald Trump has appointed Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. She is Catholic. She is pro-life. She is a homeschool mother of 7 children. And she is a charismatic who speaks in tongues.
As a pro-life conservative evangelical, I have no problem of Bolsonaro appointing a Brazilian version of Amy Coney Barrett. A Catholic. Pro-life. A homeschool mother of several children. And a charismatic who speaks in tongues.
Yet, I see a lot of problems when he appoints a justice praised by the left, a justice who said that “the Judiciary can be activated to face the conservative majority” in abortion cases. Yes, I see problems when Marques is read to activate the Judiciary against the “Christian and conservative country” Bolsonaro presented in the United Nations.
Bolsonaro made his long speech in the United Nations look nice by talking about Christophobia, which he mentioned just once without clarifying anything. Even so, conservatives were elated.
He made a very nice remark when he promised to appoint a “terribly evangelical” justice to the Brazilian Supreme Court. Evangelicals, who are his main political base, were elated.
Yet, when he appointed pro-abortion justice Kassio Nunes Marques to the Supreme Court, his actions spoke terribly louder than their nice speeches and remarks.
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