On his eponymous Sunday morning show, CNN host Fareed Zakaria gave a three-minute commentary in which he bemoaned the increasing influence of evangelical Christians in Latin American countries as he fretted that they could “derail” the “progress” of a liberal agenda on abortion and gay rights.

At 10:40 a.m. Eastern, the show’s regular “What in the World” segment began with Zakaria informing viewers of the good news that Cubans will be able to vote on a constitution that will allow people to own private property, but he then lamented that it would not facilitate the advancement of same-sex marriage rights on the island nation. He added: “That idea was met with ardent opposition from a community with growing clout in the region: evangelical Christians.”

The CNN host cited polling finding that the percentage of Latin Americans who are Protestants has grown substantially since the 1970s, and then noted that they are similar to evangelical Christians in the U.S. He lamented: “On gay rights and gender identity, they are conservative, even reactionary. So the growth of evangelical churches has awakened a culture war in the region.”


As heard on The Hagmann Report