With diverging opinions and pointing out irregularities, the governor of the Federal District, Ibaneis Rocha (MDB), continues with the architectural competition for the execution of the project that enables the construction of the National Bible Museum in Brasília. Entities demand transparency in the process and highlight the proposal’s irrelevance.
With the allegation of the lack of constitutionally required popular consultations, the public notice dealing with the works of the project was suspended on August 22 by the Environment, Urban Development and Land Land Court. The government of the Federal District appealed the decision, and the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) released the continuation of the public tender for the execution of the equipment.
The coordinator of the Project Competitions Committee of the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB-DF), João Augusto, emphasizes that the topic is controversial and in the assessment of the Institute there was little debate at the social level.
“We had a popular action that asked for public hearings to be held, for a broader debate on the topic and on the investments that are planned for the museum.”
In addition, “from what we have seen, the population has shown itself against the execution, so it is complicated for the government to continue insisting on the execution of a project in which the citizens are unfavorable”, he said.
For Augusto, the information released by the government is dispersed and often conflicting with each other. “Mainly, on the basis of the public competition that is in progress for the choice of the museum’s project”, says the architect.
He also emphasizes that, in the understanding of the IAB, there is a misrepresentation on the part of the Federal District government with the term “public tender” used to promote the project.
In a letter to Brazilian architects and urban planners, the entity emphasizes that the “organization of public competitions for projects has been one of the main banners of the Institute since its foundation”.
Augusto explains that the defense is about the execution of “public tender for public building, which is a modality already provided for in Brazilian legislation”, which defines the choice of the office to develop the project based on the best technique, which, according to the architect , has been disrespected by the government.
The letter from the IAB points out other divergences, among them the unconstitutionality of the theme of the museum and the omission on the forecast of construction costs.
“There is no clarity about deadlines, costs and responsibilities. At first, it was thought that the building would cost R$ 80 million, then this value dropped to R$ 20 million. What we know is that there are parliamentary amendments of the order of R$ 14 million and it is not known how much the government will invest, with the lack of this information, even with public consultation, it is difficult for citizens to discuss the scale of the investment and whether it is a priority or not”, warns Augusto.
In a public hearing of the Legislative Chamber (CLDF) held at the beginning of last month, the author of the debate, Fábio Félix (Psol), said that the priority of the Federal District government should be the recovery of museums that are abandoned or in need of renovation. .
The congressman also showed concern with the possible favoring of only one religious segment, since, according to him, the land for the installation of the museum was donated to a private evangelical entity, the National Council of Pastors of Brazil (CNPB).
The pastor and general secretary of the National Council of Christian Churches in Brazil (Conic), Romi Bencke, points out that the construction of the National Bible Museum is seen by the Council “as something unnecessary”.
She recalls that, in Brasília, the Brazilian Biblical Society has a well-structured Bible Museum that even allows for virtual access.
“The Brazilian Biblical Society is a consolidated organization recognized by Protestant churches. We believe that it would make sense that the investment for the construction of the Bible Museum, which is high, could be destined to the construction of a Museum that would show the Brazilian religious diversity. It would make a lot more sense.”
Asked about the possibility of installing the museum to potentialize divisions in the religious sphere and intensify religious intolerance in the city, the secretary says she believes that the Museum itself does not encourage such issues.
However, he emphasizes that, if the “curatorship of the Museum is built from an exclusive logic, emphasizing the idea that there is a true religion and a single way of living the experience of God, which is the Christian tradition”, the work it can sharpen the feeling of superiority in relation to other doctrines.
For Bencke, the public investment in the construction of a museum that privileges a single religious tradition causes discomfort, “even for us, Christian people, for totally disregarding other sacred expressions”.
The principle of secularism says that the State must not establish a privileged relationship with a specific religious tradition and that all must be treated with equality. “The construction of a National Bible Museum, in my opinion, violates this principle” concludes the pastor.
Source: Federal District BdF
Edition: Marcia Silva