Bolsonaro Pushes for An Evangelical Justice in Brazilian Supreme Court

President also published a video on social media of Catholics at a pro-government protest

São Paulo and Brasília

The recent decision of Brazil's Supreme Court to criminalize homophobia may have prompted president Jair Bolsonaro to ask if it's time for the Court to have an evangelical minister. 

One day after asking "if it's time to have an evangelic Supreme Court minister, president Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) spoke about a "Brazil of all religions" and shared a video on social media that referenced Catholics at a pro-government protest. 

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. Fotos: Marcos Corrêa/PR

"Brazil is a country of all religions, and we know that freedom is greater than a nation. Brazilians, look at what Israel does not have and what it is," said Bolsonaro, who visited the country with a Jewish majority in April.

"Look at what we have in Brazil, and what we are not. Together, with faith, lots of work and prayer, we have placed our homeland in the spotlight that it deserves," he added.

Bolsonaro declares himself Catholic but accompanies his wife, Michelle, who is evangelical, to church sometimes. 

Bolsonaro talked about the Federal Supreme Court when referring to the criminalization of homophobia. "Is anyone among the 11 ministers of the STF evangelical, Christian?" he asked.

Then on Friday night (31),  the president wrote on social media: "The state is secular, but I am a Christian. Is it not it time for the Supreme Court to have an evangelical minister?"

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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