(Image - Padre Cícero Statue. Juazeiro do Norte, Ceará)

As some of you know, I'm Brazilian. I live in a nation that is one of the largest Christian Nation in the world. 86% Christians, 64% of Catholics and 22% Protestants. because to strong religious (Christian) influence in the country, social minorities as Atheists and Agnostics or people of other religions (as religions of African origin) have been quite discriminated.

the secularity of the state is quite attacked with politicians using the political ignorance of people to do something political in favor of Christianity and, when reported, claim that "the state is secular, not atheist!".

politicians always try to create laws projects for the formalization of creationism as compulsory education, or barring projects for the criminalization of homophobia... and an interesting case (I do not know if they have in the US) is that churches are totally tax-free.

the media also help. an interesting case that there was a journalist who publicly said, "The guy that's atheist, in my humble opinion, has no limits, and that's why we see these happening crimes" (which does not impress me, because ever seen this event repeatedly regional TV channels). but because it is national and the Association of Atheists and Agnostics (ATEA) have denounced them, that had a greater impact. to the BBC reported it:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-32958845

well, I do not know if that will still change. My goal here was just say I see my country, I hope you understand ;)

PS: I am still not fluent in English, if any grammatical error correct me, please

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Comment by Michael Penn on June 21, 2015 at 8:24am

Things in Brazil sound very much like the politics in the USA. We fight religion here because they want to put creation inside our schools and classrooms. The religious cannot understand why we fight them on it.

In fact, it makes no sense to the religious if they hear our claims that your religious beliefs are dictated by your place of birth and origin as well as by your parents. That flys right over the top of their heads.

Comment by Pat on June 19, 2015 at 9:12am

Iran, your English is much better than my Portuguese (which is non-existent). And, here in the US, churches are tax free. Just as bad here, in many ways, as in your country.I agree with Randall, thanks for giving us this information.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 19, 2015 at 7:04am

Your insight about the "state of religion/secularism" in Brazil is informative, Iran. Thanks for sharing.

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