Religion Dispatches
March 21, 2013
On March 7, Brazil’s House of Representatives elected Marco Feliciano, a right-wing Pentecostal pastor from the country’s Social Christian Party (PSC), as president of the lower chamber’s Human Rights and Minorities’ Commission (CDHM). Feliciano, an Assembly of God pastor elected in 2011 as a parliamentary representative of the state of São Paulo, has a peculiar idea of the human rights he’s been tapped to defend, with a bevy of homophobic and racist statements to his credit (including some that manage to entwine the two). He has publicly declared himself opposed to LGBT rights, tweeted derogatory statements about the continent of Africa as a bastion of “paganism, occultism, penury,” and attributed diseases there, from Ebola to AIDS to famine, to the “1st act of homosexualism in history.”
Thousands of demonstrators gathered in sixteen Brazilian cities on Saturday, March 9th, continuing the protests against the recent election of Marco Feliciano as President of the Human Rights Commission. A controversial figure, Rep. Feliciano (PSC-SP) is a evangelical pastor accused of making homophobic and racist statements as well as being currently under investigation for embezzlement charges, according to the Rio Times.