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Mexico: Protestant villagers asked to leave or be crucified

September 20, 2011

Seventy Protestants have left San Rafael Tlanalapan, a south-central Mexican village, after “traditionalist Catholics” threatened to crucify or lynch them if they remained, according to a report by a Christian news agency that highlights religious persecution.

“It is necessary to respect the traditions of the towns,” Archbishop Victor Sánchez Espinosa of Puebla was quoted as saying. “The Catholics feel attacked, but we would hope there would be no violence. I invite the community, totally Catholic, and the small Christian community, to prudence, order, and respect.”

A local Mexican newspaper reported that in addition to threatening crucifixion, the Catholic villagers threatened to burn the Protestants’ homes and crops.


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  • Posted by: kmbold - Sep. 20, 2011 11:06 PM ET USA

    I see they did leave. This will no doubt go down in history as a remnant of the Inquisition, with thousands being crucified. While they lack charity, the threats seem effective. Still, the villagers might do well to read Hansen's "The Right to be Wrong".

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Sep. 20, 2011 9:09 PM ET USA

    This is not good. I don't know the whole story, but it can't be good.

  • Posted by: rpp - Sep. 20, 2011 6:47 PM ET USA

    I think their priests need to start describing what true Christian charity means in their homilies.