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Monday, December 9th, 2013
New reports are being released by indicating the increase of religious freedom violations in Mexico in the last few years. Included is the discussion of religious discrimination and the failure of the courts to prosecute “those responsible for criminal acts linked to religious freedom violations.”
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
While the persecution of Christians by other Christians is rarely reported; but sadly, it is not unheard of. Morning Star News reveals an incident where religion became synonymous with political power in Mexico. Political discrimination is often committed under the guise of religion. In this instance, evangelical Christians were assaulted by traditional Catholics at the direction of a town leader. ICC suggest that this and similar incidents do not reflect zeal for religious purity, but rather indicate how a political monopoly responds to perceived threats to its power.
Saturday, June 29th, 2013
Thirty-three Christians in Mexico were captured and tortured earlier this week. They have since been released. They were captured when they tried to return to their homes, from which they’d been exiled over three years ago. After their release they reported being doused with gasoline and threatened to be burned alive.
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
In mid-December 52 Christians in Mexico were arrested and kept for three days without food, water or “access to sanitary facilities.” The Pastor’s in this area have reported being “roughed up” after being accused of “disrupting the harmony with their new religion”. While the 52 Christians were in jail, they were pressured to renounce their faith in writing, and the Pastor was “kept bound to a chair”. In fear of what might happen to them, 250 Christians from that area evacuated, leaving everything behind.
Friday, July 20th, 2012
“Police have arrested 17 people after a brutal attack on Christian campers during which at least five girls were raped.” We are not sure if the campers were targeted because of their religion, or if it was strictly a robbery gone awry.
Thursday, July 19th, 2012
The recent attack on Christian youth in Mexico has left the country in shock, and presents a “disconcerting change.” This criminal activity is considered a “new act of violence [and] is a step in the wrong direction” because in the past the church and children were “left alone.”
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
A group of 12 armed attackers ambushed a Christian youth camp, sexually assaulting and eating the young people. An arrest has been made. Though there are still eleven more attackers out there, we are glad to see such swift action by the authorities.
Monday, July 16th, 2012
It is still unclear if this recent attack, where 90 Christian youth are still recovering from robberies, beating and rape, happened because the youth are Christians. However, “Devoted Christians have often been singled out for attacks by violent groups in the country for a variety of reasons…” The police, known in Mexico for corruption, are still investigating and no arrests have been made.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
Last fall Catholics threatened to crucify the Protestants if they didn’t leave town immediately. Parishioners later revealed that a local priest incited them to make this threat, and after this became public, Catholic authorities transferred the priest to another town.
Monday, February 6th, 2012
It was the second murder involving American missionaries in a year in the Mexican region bordering Texas. In January 2011, a Texas couple who had been doing missionary work in Mexico for three decades were attacked at an illegal roadblock in one of the country's most violent areas. Nancy Davis, 59, was fatally shot in the head while her husband, Sam, sped away from suspected drug cartel gunmen who may have wanted to steal their pickup truck, authorities said.
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
After being driven into hiding by the Catholic majority in their town, Protestants of the village of San Rafael Tlanalapan have reached an agreement brokered by state government to jointly promote religious peace and to move their church building to help avoid future conflict.
Monday, September 19th, 2011
Evangelicals have been forced to leave their village in Mexico's Puebla state by local Catholics, who expelled them with threats of violence.
Friday, July 22nd, 2011
Christians have increasingly become targeted as victims of attacks, kidnappings, and murders by Mexico's notorious gangs and organized crime.
Monday, May 24th, 2010
"What's happening are people that have been in traditionalist religion, which would be combining Catholicism with pagan rituals. And [as] people come to know Jesus Christ, they no longer want to participate in those rituals ... The evangelicals says this doesn't line up with the Bible, we don't want to do that, we want to follow Jesus. And as a result, they are pressured; sometimes they're kicked out of the community; sometimes churches are destroyed or people are beaten up; and there have even been some deaths of evangelicals."
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
This article and video clip shows persecution of evangelical Christians in Mexico.
Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Last month, "traditionalist Catholic" leaders forced 57 evangelical Christians from towns in two states in Mexico for refusing to participate in their religious festivals that involved drunkenness and worship of Catholic icons. In a village in Hidalgo state, the Catholic leaders violently tore Christians from their homes and struck them with machetes and ropes. A local newspaper reported on July 28th that the townspeople offered to allow the Christians to return "only if they denied their faith and paid the equivalent of nearly $13,900 in fines for having refused to contribute to the traditionalist Catholic festivals," but the Christians have refused.
Sunday, August 16th, 2009
At least 20 men accused of participating in a massacre in Chiapas state in December 1997 left prison early this morning following a Supreme Court ruling yesterday that their convictions violated fundamental norms of justice.
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
Church leaders murdered on their way to organize a spiritual retreat.
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
Christians, including Catholics, have a history of being persecuted in Mexico. Pray that this latest threat from a Mexican death cult will not materialize.
Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
Jailings, threats, fines, deprivation of water and electricity – all keep pace with church growth.
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
Pastor Manual Jesus Tec is home with his family in San Diego after a harrowing 11 days in the hands of kidnappers who tortured him and, in the end, tried to kill him, according to his son Johnny Tec.
Monday, November 3rd, 2008
Over a week has elapsed since San Diego pastor, Manuel Jesus Tec was abducted on Oct. 21 in Tijuana, the Mexican border town.
Sunday, September 7th, 2008
Suspecting family of witchcraft, neighbor’s gang takes machetes to adults, children.
Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
This incident calls to mind past atrocities committed against churches in Mexico.
Friday, July 27th, 2007
"Traditionalist Catholics" demolish another Pentacostal church in Las Ollas, and in Los Pozos, they continue to harass Christians by disconnecting water lines and withholding government food aid for children.
Thursday, June 21st, 2007
A Christian named Lorenzo Lopez (20) was killed by local tribal people in the region of San Juan Chamula.
Thursday, May 31st, 2007
More than five weeks after signing pact, Los Pozos caciques fail to fulfill accord.
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
Traditionalist Catholics grudgingly sign accord after state officials quash their demands.
Monday, April 23rd, 2007
But traditionalist Catholics may not sign it; evangelicals vow they wont be expelled.
Saturday, April 21st, 2007
On Monday (April 23), small town political bosses near this city in Chiapas state are set to meet with representatives of 65 Christians they have threatened to expel in a showdown that could influence religious rights throughout the region.