From THE EARTH TIMES:
Parishioners at Vision in Action, a church in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, have known for seven months the price of the life of their pastor and the survival of the mental hospital he runs: 2,000 dollars a month. In Ciudad Juarez, just across the US border from El Paso, Texas, religious institutions are no different from restaurants, bars, funeral homes, butcher shops and used-car dealers, who risk being the targets of arson if they fail to pay their "dues."
In 2009, there were 2,650 slayings linked to organized crime in the city, despite the deployment of more than 8,000 soldiers and 2,000 federal agents, according to local business people. Across Mexico, the daily El Universal estimates the number of deaths linked to organized crime in 2009 at more than 7,700.
On Wednesday, Mexicans celebrated the Epiphany. Central Panificadora, a bakery, usually donates a huge roll, traditional for the feast, for hundreds of low-income Juarenses to partake of in a park, but it was attacked for the third time for refusing to pay extortion. The celebrations were cancelled.
But on the other hand, although this does not excuse the evil of the drug traffickers and extortionists, there may be an element of "you reap what you so" in the above story, as it applies to evangelicals and Roman Catholics.
From YAHOO NEWS:
Christian groups have said said they had asked Mexico's attorney general to overturn a newly-voted Mexico City law allowing gay marriage and the possibility of adoption. The Contraternice group of Evangelical churches and the College of Catholic Lawyers said they believed the new law that "allows marriage between people of the same sex and the possibility to adopt" was unconstitutional, a statement said.
The complaint was based on "Christian principles," but also included legal issues on which the Supreme Court should decide, including possible violations of the Constitution and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it added.