Catholics attack, expel evangelicals in Mexicocomment (0)
September 3, 2009
LOS PARAJES, Mexico — “Traditionalist Catholic” leaders expelled 57 evangelical Christians from towns in two states in July for refusing to participate in their religious festivals.
Leaders of traditionalist Catholicism, a mixture of Roman Catholicism and native rituals, expelled 32 Christians from their homes in a village in Hidalgo state and another 25 from a town in Oaxaca; in each case, the evangelicals were deprived of their property for refusing to participate in drunken festivals that included worship of Catholic icons.
Hundreds of evangelical Christians from six states in Mexico organized a caravan Aug. 10 on behalf of the 32 evangelicals from Los Parajes, near Huejutla in Hidalgo state, who were violently torn from their homes July 13 when the town’s traditionalist Catholic leaders struck them with machetes and ropes. They were forced to leave behind 121 acres of land planted with crops, as well as their homes and animals. The Christians had reached an agreement with the community in February allowing them to choose to follow their own faith, but when Enedino Luna Cruz became town leader, he burned the document, according to the evangelicals.
In the state of Oaxaca, in the Yavelotzi community near San Jacinto, 25 Christians were threatened and expelled from their homes July 17, also for refusing to participate in drunken festivals and worship of Catholic icons, according to Christian support organization Open Doors.