Mexican bishops defend the presence of Christian symbols on public property

The president of the National Front for the Family, Rodrigo Iván Cortés, told ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language sister news agency, that if the court rules against the city council, it will also affect the presence of images. of Our Lady of Guadalupe and others. in the streets of Mexico.

The Mexican bishops issued a statement Nov. 6 asking that Supreme Court justices assess the effects that a ruling in favor of the lawsuit would have on the right to religious freedom.

In their statement, the conference noted that Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the right to religious freedom and its expression “both in public and in private.”

The bishops underlined that a truly secular state presupposes the protection of this right, allowing “the freedom to believe or not to believe, even to change fundamental beliefs or choices”.

The bishops recalled that in Mexico, especially in the first half of the last century, “an extremely intolerant political current wanted to prohibit the exercise, not only public, but also private, of religious freedom, as well as worship”.

The religious persecution that took place during those years “was the manifestation of an authoritarian and erroneous vision of the role of the State, which does not have jurisdiction over the interiority of a person, that is to say his conscience”.

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