BRASÍLIA—During Brazil’s glitzy and hedonistic carnival this 7 days, some revelers dressed up as a controversial govt minister, a woman preacher who is the new confront of the developing affect of evangelical Christianity in the region.

Damares Alves is ridiculed by liberals for promoting teen sexual abstinence and criticized for contacting for a entire ban on abortion. But she has grown extensively well known among the poorer voters and her rising clout is the newest indication of Brazil’s cultural shift toward the appropriate amid its weariness…