Raphael Tsavkko Garcia is a Brazilian freelance journalist published by Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, World Politics Review, Vice, among other news outlets.

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Thousands of Faith Leaders Ran for Office in Brazil

A polling booth at the Complexo do Alemao  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nov. 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 

Nearly 13,000 candidates with religious titles ran for office in Brazil's Nov. 15 local elections – an increase of 24 percent compared to previous municipal elections.

Bolsonaro's Evangelical Base Pushes to Reopen Brazil

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro adjusts his mask as he leaves Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. May 13, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

Even while Brazil is a COVID-19 global hot spot, some pastors flout social distancing. 

Is Brazil Becoming an Evangelical Theocracy?

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Bolsonaro is forming alliances and shaping policies according to conservative evangelical religion. 

Under Brazil's New Government, Islamophobia Continues To Rise

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks at an event with Israeli and Brazilian business people, attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem April 2, 2019.

According to Francirosy Campos, anthropologist and professor at the University of São Paulo (USP), the main problem faced by Muslims in Brazil is prejudice and threats, many of them made on social networks, particularly on Facebook.