When she worked for a deputy's cabinet in 2013, Damares Alves criticized the Church for "letting the theory of evolution enter schools"
The Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights, Damares Alves said, in 2013, in an interview that the Church has lost ground in the Brazilian society by "letting" the "theory of evolution make its way into schools", the newspaper O Globo reported on this Wednesday.
In an interview with pastor Cynthia Ferreira of the "Fé em Jesus" ("Faith in Jesus" in English) portal, when questioned about the role of the Church and the faithful in politics, Damares said that evangelicals needed to "occupy science"
"The Evangelical Church has lost ground in history. We lost our place in science when we allowed the theory of evolution to enter our schools. When we refrained from questioning. When we refrained to occupy science. The Evangelical Church left science behind. "Oh, let's let science walk by itself". And then scientists took over that area. And we distanced ourselves from it" said Damares. At the time, the evangelical pastor and lawyer was an employee of the deputy Arolde Oliveira (PSD), elected senator in 2018 by the state of Rio de Janeiro after nine terms as federal deputy, the news says.
O Globo contacted the ministry to get a reaction from the evangelian minister, namely to try to figure out if she means to question the teaching of the theory of evolution in schools, but the Brazilian newspaper did not get a response.