Mexico Back on Anti-Christian Persecution Index in 2021


BREITBART — Mexico is back on the World Watch List in 2021, a yearly index of the 50 countries where it is most dangerous to be a Christian.

The World Watch List, published by the Christian aid organization Open Doors every year since 1992, placed Mexico at number 37 on this year’s list following a year in which Mexico was absent from the report. Even though Christianity is the majority religion in Mexico, Christians are targeted for persecution when their faith threatens powerful institutions, the Watch List said.

The List said that the principal driver behind Mexico’s Christian persecution is “organized corruption and crime,” noting that while there are two main drug cartels in Mexico, there are also at least 17 criminal groups that have a significant presence there.

“Christians who are outspoken about the hope of Jesus in the face of drug-trafficking and violence are often targeted by gangs to remove any obstacle in their quest for control,” the report states. “In indigenous communities, anyone who decides to abandon the community’s religious beliefs or syncretistic practices often faces rejection and punishment.”

“Finally, there has been an increase in violent and discriminatory acts against Christians by people who believe Christians are bigoted,” the report declares.

Open Doors has noted that in Mexico, there is a long history of organized corruption and Christians who take their faith seriously are seen as a threat to criminal networks, resulting in the kidnapping and murders of priests and nuns, often because they denounced criminal activity or refused to perform services for drug cartels.

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