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Evangelicals in Brazil rise in power, with consequences for Catholics, gays

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Huffington Post
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June 11, 2013

When televangelist Silas Malafaia gathered 40,000 followers outside Brazil's Congress this week, it wasn't just to raise their arms to the sky and praise the Lord. "Gay activism is moral garbage," Malafaia roared into the microphone to a cheering crowd on the grassy esplanade of the Brazilian capital. "Satan will not destroy our family values."

This year, Brazilian activists claimed that Brazil once again accounts for the most homophobic murders in 2012, with an average of one LGBT Brazilian killed every 26 hours.