If there were no evangelicals Trump would not be president of the USA, nor would Jair Bolsonaro be president of Brazil. The Amazon would not be burning and the Earth would be protected. Evangelicals and their anti-science far right delusions are a threat to all life on Earth.
Trumped Brazilian Evangelicals elected Trump’s pick for president. Like Trump, Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, is pro-gun but anti-environment. He’s anti-gay but pro-billionaire. He deregulated protections of the rain forest and Earth’s lungs are burning!
Why are Earth’s lungs on fire? Because evangelicalism grew to around 30 percent of the Brazilian population and achieved big “successes.” Now their “God-ordained,” “Jesus-sent” president Bolsonaro followed Trump to deregulate environmental protection. Life on Earth is at risk.
The Amazon is burning because of Trump. Period. Bolsonaro’s new line of attack takes on all life on Earth and is a page from the war manual of Trump and his white evangelical supporters Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Franklin Graham. When Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil back in October, 2018, the international media touted him as a “Brazilian Trump.” They were right, he is. He’s anti-science, anti-gay and pro-gun. He’s pro-billionaires too.
Bolsonaro is Trump with a rain forest. He’s doing to the rain forest what Trump did to several women: grab them by the p—y, because he can. He’s doing to the rain forest what Trump wants to do to Alaska.
Speaking at an Assembly of God church before his election, Brazil’s President Bolsonaro said he’d change Brazil’s Supreme Court and reverse hate crime legislation that protects gays. He said he’d protect business, not “the liberal’s environment.” Like all American Trumped evangelicals, he hates the environment because it gets in the way of money.
In Brazil, evangelicals are now in charge. For instance a pastor who promised to lead a “cultural counterrevolution” against women and gays is now in charge as minister of family policy under Bolsonaro.
As the Amazon burns we see Trump in action. He inspired Brazil’s evangelical right and pro-trade neoliberals and anti-globalists who think China threatens “our Christian “fatherland.” It includes libertarians and social conservatives who aim to severely restrict gay rights. Sound familiar?
Why is the Amazon being torched? Because there is money in beef production and agribusiness. Because a Trumpian evangelical is in charge. Because evangelical rightists coalesced in Brazil to elect Bolsonaro. Brazilian pundits talk about the triad of “Bible, bullets, and beef”: religious conservatives, gun rights activists, and agribusiness.
Why is Bolsonaro setting fire to the world’s lungs in the Amazon? Because his wife is an evangelical fanatic, because he has Trump’s blessing and because he’s nominally Catholic but attends a conservative Baptist church. How sincere is he? Very! He’s a true-believing fanatic. In 2016, he was re-baptized in the Jordan River. Like Trump’s evangelicals, Bolsonaro doesn’t believe in science, only in money and power. In other words, he’s Brazil’s Jerry Falwell Jr. with the power to put the evangelical agenda into action and so the Earth’s lungs burn.
Here’s an angle not much reported on—the fires’ impact on indigenous peoples. News stories mention the wildlife and the loss of a great carbon sink (the trees), mentioning “the lungs of the world” without fail. But those who have lived there for millennia? Not so much.
Even if you don’t sign the petition, the link below shows a very informative summary. Brazil’s new president’s agenda is about much more than extracting wealth from the forest and snubbing the world—and when FUNAI, the Indian protective agency, does not resist, it is complicit. This is genocide—a longtime goal, now on a fast track. Neither FUNAI nor President Bolsonaro must be allowed to get away with this. Their infamy rises like the clouds of smoke.
And Survival International is a most worthy cause, lest we overlook that. Amazon Watch is another. (I’m sure Survival is among the NGOs accused by President Bolsonaro of starting the fires!)
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