Genocide For Jesus: Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new president, is a dangerous Christian fascist who is setting the stage for the genocide of the indigenous peoples of Brazil and other non-Christians.
Bolsonaro was inaugurated on New Year’s day, and immediately began to set into motion his deplorable plans to remake Brazil into a Christian theocracy.
At the top of his list is the extermination of uncontacted tribes, and the persecution of “indigenous groups, descendants of slaves and the LGBT community.”
The Independent reports:
In his first few hours in office he targeted Brazil’s indigenous groups, descendants of slaves and the LGBT community with executive orders.
Associated Press reports:
Newly installed President Jair Bolsonaro targeted Brazil’s indigenous groups, descendants of slaves and the LGBT community with executive orders in the first hours of his administration, moving quickly after a campaign in which the far-right leader said he would radically overhaul many aspects of life in Latin America’s largest nation.
The Guardian notes that Bolsonaro “has expressed open disdain for the indigenous peoples of Brazil, and it is no exaggeration to say that some of the world’s most unique and diverse tribes are facing annihilation.”
In addition, The Guardian explains that Bolsonaro himself has declared:
It’s a shame that the Brazilian cavalry wasn’t as efficient as the Americans, who exterminated the Indians.
The theft of indigenous people’s lands could mean genocide and the complete wipeout of tribes.
In addition to setting the stage for the genocide of Brazil’s indigenous peoples, Bolsonaro has also begun to dismantle human rights protections for LGBT people in Brazil. Immediately after taking office Bolsonaro began the process of writing LGBT people “out of existence.”
The Daily Beast reports:
On the first day of his presidency Bolsonaro removed LGBT concerns from the remit of the country’s new human rights ministry. The newly named Ministry of Women, Family, and Human Rights made no explicit reference to LGBT rights in its priorities and internal structures…
Commenting on the latest developments, Leandro Ramos, director of programs at international advocacy organization All Out, opined:
Bolsonaro has made attacking LGBT rights and people a very central element of his campaign and political career. It is unclear how far he is willing to go now that he has been elected president.
What we do know is that before and after the elections LGBT are being attacked and assaulted with what could be called a political motivation. While they have been attacked, their attackers have chanted Bolsonaro’s name…
Bolsonaro has a well deserved reputation for making racist, misogynist, and homophobic statements while maintaining close ties with and the support of powerful religious conservatives.
Vox reports Bolsonaro summed up his far-right presidential campaign with the slogan:
Brazil before everything, and God above all.
More important, in a campaign speech delivered last year, Bolsonaro signaled his intention to promote Christian theocracy for Brazil, declaring:
God above everything. There is no such thing as this secular state. The state is Christian and the minority will have to change, if they can. The minorities will have to adapt to the position of the majority.
After his victory, Bolsonaro told his jubilant supporters that he was “going to change the destiny of Brazil,” declaring:
We cannot continue flirting with socialism, communism, populism and leftist extremism … We are going to change the destiny of Brazil.
In his acceptance speech, Bolsonaro promised to govern according to the Bible…
The Christian “family values” Bolsonaro hopes to defend as Brazil’s new president include homophobia and misogyny. For example, on gays he said:
If your son begins to act like this, sort of gay, he deserves a smack and he’ll change his behavior.
I’m not going to combat or discriminate, but if I see two men kissing on the street, I’m going to hit them.
I would be unable to love a gay son. I won’t be a hypocrite here: I would prefer that my son die in an accident rather than appear with a [gay] moustache. For me, he would be dead.
Concerning women he said:
I have five children. Four were boys, on the fifth I got weak and had a daughter.
I never beat my ex-wife. But I thought of shooting her various times.
I would never rape you (female politician) because you don’t deserve it.
In addition to endorsing homophobia and misogyny, Bolsonaro has also endorsed racism and the torture and murder of political opponents. And the Christians love him for it.
Bottom line: Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, is a dangerous Christian fascist who promises to remake Brazil into a Christian theocracy, and is now setting the stage for genocide.