Mexico's Protestants Disturbed by Narrowing Line between Catholicism and State
An expert on minority religions, is warning that Mexican President Vicente Fox's increasing displays of ardent Roman Catholicism, are angering the country's Evangelical Protestant community.
Some indications of a growing tolerance for a certain blending of church and state are becoming more evident. On the day of his inauguration, Vicente Fox became the first Mexican president to attend mass. And on a recent papal visit to Mexico, he publicly kissed the pope's ring, while during Independence Day celebrations, Archbishop Norberto Rivera became the first senior priest in more than 150 years to salute the national flag in the country's principal cathedral.
Professor Carlos Garma, a specialist on minority religions at Mexico's National Metropolitan University, says the narrowing line between church and state is deeply disturbing to many Protestants.
Living here in Mexico I have seen first hand these actions by the Mexican president. It is much cause for concern on the part of the evangelical Christian community to see the "power grab" by this political party. Never do you hear about Christians who persecute those who are of the RC faith. It is always vice versa here. John 16:2,3--They shall put you out of the synagogues; yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN THE FATHER NOR ME.
Very disturbing is the murder of an indigenous Pentecostal pastor Mariano Diaz Mendez last Friday 10/24/03, and at the very least the impotence, if not complicity, of the local police force in being powerless to prevent the body being taken away by the people before an autopsy could take place.
My prayers are with those who labour for Christ's cause in the spiritually barren land of Mexico, and the brethren of this pastor.