AMERICA/MEXICO-After the attacks against the Cathedral of Mexico City and other places of worship, a law on religious freedom is urgent

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) - Desde la Fe, a weekly Catholic magazine widespread in Mexico, has called for a law that protects the religious freedom of Mexicans. In recent months the country has been the scene of numerous attacks against the Cathedral of Mexico City, the most recent occurred April 24 during the Easter Mass, when a group of people destroyed the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Archdiocese of Mexico City as well as many leaders of Christian denominations in the country condemned such attack. In an editorial released by the Mexican weekly it says that the "sacrilegious and shameful incident" must not go unpunished nor used as a pretext to argue that "religious differences create tensions or attacks on places of worship are protected by freedom of speech. " Furthermore, according to the Catholic weekly magazine , the reasons for more than 20 attacks against the Cathedral are due to "lack of a legal system that ensures respect for religious freedom and the lack of political will to ensure the right of religious freedom of all Mexicans . Religious freedom in our country is not to restore the old and undesirable privileges, but the essential freedom that foster cooperation in building a more united society , with common goals. "(AP) (Agenzia Fides 12/05/2011)