Religious Populism in Latin America. the New Face of Conservatism Against the Laicite and Sexual and Reproductive Rights.
But there is a type of populism that escapes the traditional political canons, it is the religious populism that has grown in Latin America to combat and contain the laicism of the National State and the advancement of sexual and reproductive rights. Such religious populism is driven by the Catholic Church and evangelical organizations to counteract what they call "moral relativism" which, according to them, come from foreign interests that try to destroy the people chosen by God.
Religious populism appeals to three discursive strategies. First, the people of God are defenseless before foreign ideologies such as the gender ideology that attempt to destroy the primary concepts of society as the family and the defense of life. Second, churches must be guardians of the elected people to counteract the moral relativism of sexual and reproductive rights. Third, laicism is a threat because promoting the rights of citizens generates an individualism that will destroy the collective identity of the Christian and Catholic nation.
This work shows how religious populism has been shaped as a discourse and leadership of the ethical and moral against the politics of diversity and how the individual freedom is managed.