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Evangelical Christianity - not all, but seemingly a majority of its denominations - is the Western world equivalent to Wahhabi Sunni Islam (or 19th century Puritanism, as you prefer). What is happening in South America is also happening in parts of Europe and Oceania. See Uganda, who nearly instituted the death penalty for homosexuals based on Evangelical missionary activity, or Samoa becoming basically a theocracy.

Ironically or tragically, Morales and other leaders had a direct hand on it, since the increasing standards of living and the burgeoning middle class popularized prosperity theology and right-wing economic politics in the face of a South American tradition of catholic distributism.