Irreligion in Brazil

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Irreligion in Brazil is a new but increasing phenomenon. The official Brazilian census gives, since 1970, sem religião (Portuguese: no religion) as an option of self-description for people who do not consider themselves members of any specific religion, including non-affiliated theists and deists. According to the 2000 census, there were 12,5 million irreligious people in the country (7.3% of the total population). As of 2010, there were 15.3 million irreligious people (8% of the population).[1]

The Constitution of Brazil assigns secularism as the default position of the Law and government in relation to religious matters (Art. 19, I), and grants freedom of religion and thought to its citizens (Art. 5, VI). Non-profit organization Brazilian Association of Atheists and Agnostics actively tries to promote secularism and help irreligious people victims of prejudice.[2]

Notable non-religious Brazilians[edit]

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  1. ^ "Censo 2010: número de católicos cai e aumenta o de evangélicos, espíritas e sem religião" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sorria! O inferno não existe". Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chico Anysio fica revoltado com morte do filho de Cissa Guimarães: "que Deus é este?"" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Letícia Persiles faz sucesso com seus cabelos, roupas e batons em 'Amor eterno amor', mas diz que não segue moda" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nando Reis" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Nathália Dill: "A beleza não sustenta"" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "A vida é rir, chorar e viver intensamente" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Aos 45 anos, Paula Burlamaqui fala sobre o desejo de ser mãe: ‘Não aconteceu. Tenho até óvulos congelados’" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 5 September 2012.