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    • Conservatives Gaining Force in Brazil Congress - ABC News
      The evangelical caucus votes in lockstep on hot-button social issues and is willing to block projects put forth by the presidency because its members know they represent a growing segment of the electorate...In Rousseff's first term, the evangelical caucus blocked her effort to promote gay-tolerance teaching in schools and managed to have their most outspoken anti-gay legislator, Deputy Marco Feliciano, named head of the body's human rights commission — a move that provoked condemnation from Amnesty International and other activist groups.
    • Brazil’s evangelicals spurn Marina Silva in election -- Fusion
      Brazil’s election was expected to herald the political arrival of a fast-growing “religious right.” Evangelicals today account for nearly a quarter of Brazil’s population, five times what it was several decades ago. But skepticism toward Silva and a failure of evangelicals to rally behind a single candidate illustrates that this still-fragmented group has yet to turn its growing clout into a unified political force.

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