Analysis will resume this Thursday, 8, at 2 pm, with the vote of Minister Nunes Marques; Court analyzes whether states and municipalities can restrict people’s participation in religious events
The Minister Gilmar Mendes, the Supreme Federal Court (STF), voted against the presence of the public at masses and services in the country. Subsequently, the session was closed by the President of the Court, Minister Luiz Fux – the trial will resume on Thursday, 8, at 2 pm, with the vote of the minister Nunes Marques. The plenary examines whether mayors and governors have the autonomy to adopt measures that prevent collective celebrations in religious temples at the most critical moment of the new pandemic. coronavirus in Brazil. Mendes is the rapporteur of the Arguição de Non-Compliance with Fundamental Precept (ADPF), filed in the Supreme Court by the Social Democratic Party (PSD), which questions the decree of the governor of São Paulo, João Doria (PSDB), which vetoes the performance of religious rituals in the most restrictive phase of the São Paulo Plan. On Monday, 5, the minister denied the request filed by the caption. On Saturday, 3, however, Nunes Marques authorized the holding of services and masses across the country, provided that sanitary protocols against Covid-19 were adopted.
In his vote, Gilmar Mendes criticized the oral support of the attorney general of the Union, André Mendonça, who defended the opening of churches under the justification that public transport is the focus of agglomerations. The minister stated that, hearing the argument from the head of the Attorney General’s Office (AGU), he thought he was returning from a “trip to Mars”. “When His Excellency talks about the problems of transportation in Brazil, especially public transport, and he talks about the problem of air transportation, with the accumulation of people, I could have understood that His Excellency would have come to the Supreme Court of a trip to Mars, detached from any institutional responsibility, with any subject in Brazil. But Your Excellency, I went to check here, ‘googling’, as the younger ones say, and I noticed here that he was Minister of Justice until recently, with institutional responsibilities, including proposing measures. The Union is responsible for legislating on national transport policy guidelines. About traffic and transportation. It seems to me that there is a certain delusion in this general context. Each of us must take responsibility. This needs to be made very clear. Let us not try to deceive anyone. Especially because the fools were out of court, ”he said.
The rapporteur also cited examples of countries that imposed restrictions on cults, such as Denmark, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. “In the second half of last year, there was a worldwide movement of restrictions on freedom of worship,” he said. “Nobody is going to say that here are countries with an authoritarian vocation,” he added.