On November 13th, the Brazil LAB hosted a discussion on the influence of religion--specifically the evangelical churches--and violence on Brazilian politics. The talk featured theologian, minister, and human rights activist Ronilso Pacheco and lawyer Juliana Victoriano, both from Rio de Janeiro. Raimundo Barreto, Assistant Professor of World Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary acted as discussant.
The trio discussed the interplay between conservative evangelical values and class, race, and gender. They also explored the reasons for the evangelical communities' embrace of president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a significant factor in his win in the 2018 election. The event closed with a Q&A session and a reception.