The National Council of Christian Churches in Brazil comments on the electoral vote

“We never forget what we have lived, so as not to run the risk of falling back on the path of hatred”

The National Council of Christian Churches in Brazil (Conic) issued an important statement to celebrate the outcome of the elections to the office of President of the Republic. In addition, the Council of Churches, which brings together the main Christian denominations from around the Brazilappeals to dialogue and national unity and asks for wisdom for the elect.

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«The National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil (Conic) congratulates the Brazilian people who, by going to the polls on October 30, 2022, expressed their sovereign will and elected the rulers and president of Brazil.

Since 2016, Brazil has experienced moments of tension promoted by polarizing actions and practices, culminating in the impeachment, without legal basis, of a democratically elected president (the reference is to the vote of no confidence against the then president Dilma Rousseff, ed.) .

We are facing the Covid-19 pandemic with a divided country and with unscientific speeches. Sectors of churches, which are supposed to take care of life, have tried to prevent the closure, the most effective way to stop the spread of the virus until then. The absence of coordinated strategies to provide public resources to care for healthcare workers and patients affected by the virus has resulted in the deaths of 700,000 people and orphaned over 113,000 children.

In recent years we have seen the dismantling of popular participation councils, the dismantling of Funai (responsible for the protection of indigenous peoples and their indigenous lands, ed.) And the interruption of public policies aimed at improving human dignity. In their place, we have seen the implementation of policies that have neglected Brazilians’ right to exist, job insecurity and increased violence, especially against blacks, indigenous people, women and people living on the street. .

We voted to break this cycle that has driven millions of people to starvation, has widened the gap between the very rich and the very poor, has spread hatred of the poor; it has delved into structural and religious racism, has seen a surge in femicides, the growth of LGBTphobia, the perpetuation of indigenous genocide, destroyed biodiversity and authorized the use of hundreds of new agro-toxins.

As Christians, linked to the ecumenical and interreligious movement, we vote for the affirmation of the secular state, for the restoration of the Statute of Disarmament and for public policies of respect and promotion of religious diversity. We believe that religions as a whole will play an important role in breaking the current cycle of hatred.

What the theologian Hans Kung taught us becomes fundamental for the country:

“There will be no peace between nations without peace between religions. There will be no peace between religions without dialogue between religions. There will be no survival of our planet without a global ethos, without a world ethos”.

We recognize and highlight the fundamental role of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), which has spared no efforts to guarantee citizens’ right to vote, has fought against fake news and, above all, has acted following the allegations of electoral harassment, not giving in to false narrative of the unreliability of the polls. Likewise, the rapidity of the TSE in declaring the elected president was crucial, ending the narrative that the election may have been rigged.

We wish the rulers, the governed, the president-elect and the vice-president-elect wisdom, serenity and capacity for dialogue.

We place our ecumenical and interreligious vocation at the service of every initiative aimed at disarming society, facing religious intolerance and implementing public policies oriented towards dialogue and the promotion of religious diversity.

We want to review the Brazil of popular religiosity, pilgrimages and devotions to the saints, hymns and evangelical feasts, Jewish celebrations, prayers in mosques, mantras of oriental traditions, drum beats and maracas. Likewise, we are committed to ensuring that the culture of hate is faced and transformed by the culture of peace and love.

We never forget what we have lived, so as not to run the risk of falling back on the path of hatred.

God, father of Jesus Christ, present among us through the breath of the Holy Spirit, in his infinite love, embraces us ».

The Baptist Alliance of Brazil, the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, the Lutheran Church, the United Presbyterian Church are part of the Conic.

The National Council of Christian Churches in Brazil comments on the electoral vote