Neither the government nor priests can handle the fact that “El Chapo” was a warning sent by Joaquin Guzman (El-Chapo) to what he considered his two biggest threats at the time: Christian priests and the government.
To ensure he was taken seriously, the note accompanied two corpses—soldiers that he had arranged to be killed so everyone got the message: you need to fear the drug cartel of Sinaloa, especially the infamous El Chapo.
The message was sent in response to Hector Gonzalez, the archbishop of the northern state of Durango, who raised fears of attacks on the clergy. Indeed, according to the Catholic Multimedia Center (CMC), Mexico is the most dangerous country in Latin America for priests.
The strange thing in America is that so many act as if El-Chapo’s operation is a colorful background setting for popular American TV shows and movies. On Twitter, one comments “notice how much more love El Chapo gets compared to Trump.” Some tweets even offered to aid El-Chapo to kill Donald Trump. If one can use this as “the Twitter poll,” El-Chapo will be in the lead. Such are so many liberal democrats.
These people are not ignorant of El-Chapo. Everyone knows El Chapo’s operation is violent, deadly business populated not only by men who destroy lives through the distribution of toxic products, but also directly, through hired gunmen who intimidate and murder rivals, government officials, and even Christian priests. The cartel resulted in over 60,000 deaths.
There are even ISIS-style beheadings against Christians by the cartel. One woman who worked for a Catholic newspaper in Tamaulipas was beheaded, as were some 1,100 priests reported to be receiving extortion threats in 2011 alone, while another 255 reported receiving death threats.
Long before ISIS, it was La Familia Michoacán who shocked Mexico, in October 2006, when they tossed 5 decapitated heads on to the floor of a Michoacán disco, initiating the phenomenon for years to come. Even the poorest parish churches can attract extortion attempts because the weekly collection baskets at Sunday mass bring in a constant trickle of cash. Is this what these commenters who prefer El Chapo over Trump want?
After an evangelical pastor was killed in Mexico State for refusing extortion demands, priests from 19 parishes in the state formally requested protection from the government, stating that they were also being threatened by armed extortionists.
What happens on the other side of the border will always effect the U.S.
While everyone thinks that this problem is not in their backyard, El Chapo ordered his young wife, Emma Coronel, the daughter of another Mexican drug lord, to give birth in California to secure U.S. citizenship for his children. Now, El Chapo’s daughters will be able to petition for an unlimited number of relatives, real and fraudulent, to join them in the U.S., due to the law’s chain migration provisions. Drug kingpins now are attaining legal residence in the U.S., while their relatives and offspring would be milking the welfare state for benefits and tax credits, including but not limited to free education of the cartel’s anchor babies.
Even El-Chapo himself has a California driver’s license. Now that the U.S. is becoming a nation of imports, drug cartels are topping the list. The Sinaloa cartel has a long history of tunnel building, particularly along the US border, where they were used to smuggle narcotics into America. The cartel has become so powerful that Forbes magazine listed Guzman among the ranks of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
The U.S., a nation that prides itself on being a nation of laws, has become a nation of lawlessness, from the bottom all the way to the top. It was the U.S. Supreme Court that forbade schools from withholding taxpayer funding that would go towards educating illegal aliens when Justice William Brennan declared, “No plausible distinction with respect to Fourteenth Amendment ‘jurisdiction’ can be drawn between resident aliens whose entry into the United States was lawful, and resident aliens whose entry was unlawful.”
By law, now the “unlawful” can benefit.
And what about the Catholic clergy whose lives El-Chapo is making living hell? Has Jeb Bush, the Catholic, said anything in their defense better than the Presbyterian Donald Trump? It was Donald Trump who was outspoken for Christian persecution. And if God never condemned Solomon’s wealth, are we to condemn Trump’s?
On Dec. 21, last year, four armed men barged into a Catholic seminary in the central Mexican city of Altamirano and kidnapped a Catholic pastor named Gregorio López Gorostieta. The problem for pastors is that they are the refuge for the poor in the face of criminal abuses by all sorts of government and corrupt movements.
Altamirano is the same part of Mexico where police arrested 43 student protesters and turned them over to a drug gang that killed them all and burned their bodies until they could no longer be identified. What was eye-opening, also, was that another priest from Uganda, Father John Ssenyondo, has been missing in Mexico since May, when he was abducted after refusing to baptize the daughter of local gangster. The strange thing is that his remains were found in a mass grave of the same 43 college student protesters.
On Christmas Eve, in response to the abduction of Fr. Gregorio López Gorostieta, dozens of priests, infuriated by the abductions, marched through the middle of Altamirano dressed in cassocks, despite the fact that cassocks have been banned in the streets of Mexico since the days of the revolution. Hundreds of parishioners trailed behind them. They called for peace, reconciliation, and the safe return of Father Gregorio. And the Diocese of Altamirano made a direct appeal to his captors:
“We fear for his physical safety and we believe there is nobility and kindness in you… If you have conditions for his release, make them known…. Let your hearts be touched and recall the services that we have performed for your families.”
So what was the response to the demonstrating priests? On Christmas Day, Father Gregorio’s body was found on the side of the highway out of town.
Father Gregorio is at least the third priest who was murdered in the region of Tierra Caliente alone.
There are many cases in other regions. Father Habacuc Hernández Benítez, along with two of his seminary students, was shot to death in 2009, while driving on the road to Arcelia. Father Joel Román Salazar died in a car crash in 2013; his death was ruled an accident, but the suspicion of foul play persists. Months ago, on Sept. 22, the body of Father Ascensión Acuña Osorio was found floating in the shallows of the Rio Balsas, not far from his parish in San Miguel Totolapan. Father Ascensión had earlier been reported kidnapped, and he was murdered, even after a ransom was paid to his captors. His body showed signs of torture and one eyewitness recalled seeing knife slashes across the priest’s face.
Priests who are kidnapped are usually not counted as “killed” or “dead,” unless there is a body. Those kidnapped and not found are not recorded on a drug war casualty list.
While many undermine the situation Trump brings up, reality shows that the Mexican problem next door rivals ISIS in its torture methods. The recovered bodies of priests depict odious, barbaric torture and killing. Decapitation, dismemberment, incineration, strangulation, drowning, torture, and even rape are the methods used against priests, in addition to the “conventional” killing methods of shooting or stabbing.
Throughout Mexico, Catholic Priests create safe havens for migrants and operate 95% of migrant shelters, providing assistance, medical care, and other forms of care. They are the greatest advocacy group, in and out of Mexico. Cartels consider this an intrusion into their source of revenue. Priests who run the migrant shelters such as Casa Migrante’s are constantly being threatened.
Mexico, a nation that historically endured a bloody revolution to reverse the anti-Christian Calles Laws, is now facing another long history of official anti-clericalism. But the atmosphere in Tierra Caliente goes far beyond that. This is a part of the country where the laws of God may be regarded with as little respect and as much contempt as the laws of man.
When Donald Trump led the way to expose the situation in Mexico and the borders, he was ridiculed by ignorants who do nothing to expose the Mexican-style ‘ISIS’ problem next door. In Mexico, it is the same as in Islam: if one leaves the religion, they are executed. Likewise, in Mexico, even the alcohol and drug rehab centers are attacked by cartels for repenting, resulting in the mass killing in drug rehab centers.
Padre Goyo is arguably the most outspoken priest in Mexico today. Of the 7 Apatzingán Michoacán priests whose life have been threaten in 2014, he tops the list of most reviled by organized crime and corrupt government, both municipal, state and federal. In 2014, Goyo’s brother, “Luis Jerónimo,” was kidnapped by the Caballeros Templarios. Luis Jerónimo, 39, was released after a few days of captivity. He then decided to leave Mexico and appeared before the immigration authorities at the border crossing of San Ysidro, California, to seek asylum. However, what happened to Luis should be an example of what Trump speaks about as the “good Mexican people” vs. the bad, to whom the U.S. city of refuge system gives safe haven. Instead of being allowed to enter as a persecuted immigrant, Luis was sent to a detention center, where he remained for nearly a year without being granted bail and was exposed to immediate deportation.
In the last months of 2013, at least 5 priests were taken, and all are presumed dead in southern Tamaulipas. Carlos Ornelas Puga was kidnapped in November, while priests Hipólito Villalobos Lima and Nicolas de la Cruz Martinez were executed in the parish of San Cristóbal de Ixhuatlán de Madero, Veracruz. In December, two additional priests vanished in Tamaulipas.
Even the elderly nuns are not immune from the Mexican cartels. Two weeks ago, on June 29th, the bishop and the priests of the diocese of Tehuantepec Mexico expressed outrage regarding the violence against the clergy in the region. While the clergy were celebrating the Day of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, a convent was raided, and the nuns, despite their advanced age, were tied, gagged, and robbed.
Americans need to wake up and deal with the reality. To all the democrat scum who prefer El Chapo to Trump, the only candidate who brought the problem to the forefront, perhaps, if the situation is not seriously dealt with (which it won’t if Trump loses), it will be your head on a platter.
We must be as candles that burn and melt in order to be a light to the world. In life, always remember: Christians who are persecuted resemble Christ’s body. “For I was hungry and you gave Me food …” So please, consider the serious issue of Christian persecution, which will increase as we see the falling away unfolding before our very eyes. We are Rescue Christians, simply doing what the label says: “rescuing Christians.” To see an example out of the thousands we rescue, click here, and listen to the amazing testimonies first hand of how you can help and make a difference, now in this life and for eternity.
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Walid Shoebat is a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood who was converted to Christianity, and author of the book, God’s War on Terror.
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