top of page

Intolerance and Violence Against the Baptist Community in Mexico: A Call to Action

In a world where the diversity of religious beliefs and practices is part of the social fabric, it is deeply disturbing to witness acts of intolerance and violence that threaten religious freedom. Recently, through a publication in the newspaper El Grafico , we have seen a series of attacks that have shaken the community of the La Gran Commission Fundamental Baptist Church in the towns of Coamila and Rancho Grande, Mexico. This article seeks to shed light on the situation and call on the competent authorities to take immediate action.

Fundamental Baptist Church The Great Commission in the communities of Coamila and Rancho Grande in Mexico (Facebook Photo)
Fundamental Baptist Church The Great Commission in the communities of Coamila and Rancho Grande in Mexico (Facebook Photo)

According to the report, the members of this religious community have been victims of violent attacks perpetrated by individuals armed with machetes, who have not only threatened their physical integrity but have also burned their crops and homes, leaving them in a situation of extreme vulnerability. Additionally, they have been dispossessed of their homes and denied access to basic services such as education, clean water, government programs, free movement and land ownership. These events are not isolated incidents, but represent a persecution sustained over eight years.


Given this alarming reality, it is imperative that the corresponding authorities promptly and thoroughly investigate the events reported by El Grafico to verify their veracity and determine the underlying causes of these inhumane acts. It is unacceptable that, in the 21st century, people are subjected to such a degree of oppression for the simple fact of exercising their right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

Religious freedom is a fundamental pillar in any society that prides itself on being democratic and respectful of human rights. This right is enshrined in international instruments such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 18 of which protects not only the freedom to have or adopt a religion or belief of one's choice, but also the freedom to manifest such religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Fundamental Baptist Church The Great Commission
Fundamental Baptist Church The Great Commission

It is crucial to understand that the exercise of this freedom is not limited to traditional or majority religions. Article 18 also protects theistic, non-theistic and atheistic beliefs, as well as the right not to profess any religion or belief. Therefore, any form of discrimination or violence based on religion or personal convictions is a direct violation of this precept.


The right to freedom of thought and conscience is absolute and unconditional. It cannot be restricted even in exceptional situations. That is why we urge the Mexican authorities to take immediate measures to guarantee the safety and fundamental rights of the members of the Great Commission Fundamental Baptist Church. It is necessary that these people be protected and their rights and property restored.


Furthermore, it is necessary to establish a constructive dialogue that promotes tolerance and mutual respect between the different religious communities in the country. Education plays a crucial role in this process, teaching future generations the value of religious pluralism and respect for diversity.


In conclusion, what happened in Coamila and Rancho Grande is a grim reminder that there is still much work to do in the fight against religious intolerance. We call on the authorities to act with diligence and justice, ensuring that these acts do not go unpunished and that the social fabric based on respect for fundamental human rights is reestablished. May hope and solidarity prevail over hatred and division.

The Choir of the Fundamental Baptist Church The Great Commission
The Choir of the Fundamental Baptist Church The Great Commission

Comments


bottom of page