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    The Growing Influence of Latin America’s Pentecostals

    They’re blurring the line between church and state. The proportion of evangelicals in Latin America is growing, from under 5 percent in 1990 to 40 percent in some countries today. Increasingly, their conservative voices are resonating on the political stage. Digitally savvy Pentecostals have become a political force, promoting less corrupt candidates. But they’re not just rooting out corruption: Empowered evangelicals last year helped defeat a referendum to end Colombia’s 50-year-old civil war, shunning the proposed peace deal for recognizing the rights of sexual minorities.

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