Religious intolerance has become a serious issue in Brazil. Reported cases of intolerance have risen 3,706 percent over the last five years, according to Brazil’s Human Rights Secretary. Brazil has two reported cases of religious intolerance every day. 70 percent of the attacks have been against religions of African descent.
According to experts, racism plays a major role, alongside a radical rhetoric adopted by leaders of many religions, especially involving radical evangelical congregations. Evangelicals, however, are the second largest group to suffer from violence. They are the target of 7% of attacks.
The issue has worried the government, which has decided to highlight the problem by making it the essay topic for this year’s National College Entrance Exam.