Evangelical Groups Are The New U.S. Tool For Coups In Latin America

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There are not enough intellectual tools to analyze the religious war used by the United States to support its coup d’états in Latin American countries. This is how historian and theologist Enrique Dussel comments about the ousting of Evo Morales in Bolivia and the region’s current political scenario.

Interviewed by Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui, Dussel recalled that in the region, “Bolivia, together with Haiti, were the poorest countries and while its wealth increased as no other. No one would have expected a reaction there. A significant issue is the reaction of a class sector previously in poverty that became middle class thanks to progressive governments. They have other aspirations which have nothing to do with overcoming poverty. Subjectivity has changed. They turn to consumerist subjectivity, in which they believe that certain right-wing projects could solve their new hopes,” reported the Explicito website.

Catholics vs. evangelists

Dussel commented that some of “those who overcame poverty in Bolivia are subjects, hoping at heart to be neoliberal consumerists. And here comes the issue, in a coup d’état such as (Chile’s Augusto) Pinochet, the same as some Argentinean military officers, the process was headed by people who said they had to guarantee a right-wing Christian Catholic western civilization against communism.”

“In this period there is a new phenomenon of evangelist churches supporting the Brazilian process, while a lawless man like (Luis Fernando) Camacho says something crucial in Bolivia: “We are going to take the Pachamama out of public places and we are going to impose the Bible.” But this is not the Catholic Bible he is talking about; it is the one of evangelical groups. He takes aboriginal people’s popular culture as a terrible paganism to be completely erased by Christianity.” The new illegally appointed president, Jeanine Anez, took it even further. While holding a bible on the Senate floor she proclaimed, “I dream of a Bolivia free of satanic indigenous rites. The city is not for the Indians, they should stay in the highlands and Chaco.”

It is an evangelical bible coming from U.S. sects that is changing subjectivity throughout Latin America. They are trying to get people to abandon their ancestral traditions and start working and entering the capitalist consumerist society,” noted Dussel.

Moreover, he commented, “on the one hand, we have the white issue in Bolivia, white people despising natives, mixed-raced people, together with (Luis) Almagro’s OAS doctrine. This developing scene in Latin America has to be taken seriously.”

“Aymara traditions, already influenced by five centuries of Catholicism, are now facing evangelists. This is going to be some sort of religious struggle but which is in fact political. This explains another issue; the liberation theology, which is Christian but is based on the poor against the rich. ‘Blessed are the poor. Damned are the rich.’ That is invested in evangelical groups. That entails a complete theoretical historic review for which the left is not used to because atheism was proposed as a transforming condition. Natives were faced but given their religious condition, they didn’t know how to treat them so they were kept out. Now, they have to be assimilated by a pro-U.S. evangelism.”

Evangelists and the OAS

Evangelists, Dussel notes, “provide a meaning: ‘Leave all those terrible habits behind, become an austere, working, well organized man and you’ll overcome poverty because God is going to bless you with fairly good wealth. Old Calvinism sees wealth as a blessing of God. The Pachamama is the source of poverty.”

“That bible reinterpreted by a U.S. modern man is the source of the possibility of a new Bible. That is used today by the OAS and the new U.S. politics. They had left Latin America aside. But as they’ve been defeated in Iraq and Iran, they are coming back to Latin America and they want it back. Evangelical methods were subtle before but but now they have resumed a full out strategy of coup d’états,” Dussel stressed.

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  • Pat moore

    First native people have the land and Evangelicals have the bibles.
    Soon the roles will be reversed…

  • ANTONIO

    There doesn’t have to be a conflict between the left and social movements that include/exclude religion. “atheism was proposed as a transforming condition. Natives were faced but given their religious condition, they didn’t know how to treat them so they were kept out.” Socialism/communism are based on science, which says that things are constantly changing and evolving. Religion is based on faith, which says God was always there and will always be there, unchanging.

    Science respects the religions traditions of native people, and admires their inherent wisdom. No scientist, no Marxist, no dialectical materialist, would think of belittling the great achievements of all the religions. Without them we would not have culture, no civilization, no progress as marked in spite of the dogma of “things don’t change”. There is a point where, under quantum physics, the minutiae of the atoms can be ascribed to be equal to God. In other words, the universe is made up of quantum physics. and quantum physics are God. It is what the ancient Hebrews called that thing out there that they could not name, but was obviously there and giving us life. The ancient wise men/women, to put it another way, were the original scientists, they tried to experiment and explain the unknowable. If they talked about the flood, well, there WAS a flood,,in fact, many floods. There were ice ages. There were locusts. There were kings, and wars. This is all scientific and based on real history. There is no conflict. The only conflict is colonialism, where The Europeans went to Latin America and gave the natives Bibles. They said, ” Let us close our eyes and pray.” And when they opened their eyes, the natives had the Bible, and the Europeans had the land”.

    The left has to understand that one thing is exploitation and quite another is our unity as humans who attempt in good faith to explain the world and its mysteries. In this area good faith and respect must rule. The ancients were right as far as they could tell, and so our native brothers and sisters today in their beliefs and practices.

  • Steven Gaylord

    “Evangelical” is a blanket term for any non-denominational congregation that has a focus on growth through conversion, and centers their liturgy around the sermon. That makes most Baptist churches identify themselves as evangelical in nature. Therefore, the evangelical babbling Baptists are credos of Satan. Evangelicals have priorities and issues that they need to deal with; as well as the Vatican if they truly want to be embraced by God.

  • Dick Burns

    This story shows how the poor majority were lifted out of poverty with socialism which allowed them to graduate to new levels of consumerism and become middle-class. Once graduated, the now middle-class is primed and ready for the teachings and promises of capitalism. In other words, give them an inch (which is all they need) and they want a mile (way more than they need). The only missing part is the data explaining what people need and have no choice in determining and what they don’t need and want to have a choice in determining.