Feb 27, 2010, 11:50 AM
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Daily on Google news I get a news recap of Chiapas State events as a sub-heading because I requested that that sub-heading be added to my personal daily opening news recap over Google but, normally, the news stories that appear there are of no particular consequence to those not living in or near Chiapas as do we much of the year.
There was this morning, however, a news story with a supplemental video that I believe some of you may find interesting even though the news source is the clearly biased Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). The reason this story and accompanying video is interesting is that it concerns the ongoing high level of violence in indigenous communities between the traditional Catholic community and the evangelical protestant community as more and more community members opt for the messages of protestant evangelical missionaries which are disruptive of traditional village political structures intertwined with the traditional Catholic church.
I am not, by publishing this information taking sides in any way. I simply think the news story and accompanying video, which are totally biased toward the protestant view of the struggle, are, nevertheless, instructive for those who are curious as to just what is going on down here and the reasons these political/religious internecine struggles are so critically important in this region and result in so much violence.
I write this on Saturday, February 27th. To view the news story and accompanying video, go to Google news and request news of Chiapas. You will find a story headlined "Christians Under Continued Attack in Chiapas, Mexico". That story is about an attack by certain community factions CBN claims are allied with the EZLN and other leftist groups against Evangelical Christians in the Chiapas town of Tumbala. At the bottom of that news story, which was published by evangelical protestant oriented CBN and, is thus biased as expected, is a video also published by the network and produced by one Greg Musselman and concerns violence in the Chiapas indigenous community of Chamula and elsewhere. The subcontext of that video reads, "Greg Musselman of the Voice of the Martyrs Canada Recently Went to Chiapas" and this is his report.
Despite the clear and overwhelming bias of this report, discerning viewers will come away with some notion of how serious the struggle between the traditional Catholic heirarchy and those they view as evangelical usurpers is without being swayed by the fundamentalist filter. Many have and will die and become the victims of violence on all sides. This struggle is about more than Catholics against evangelical protestants or warring Christian factions; it is about power and tradition and disruptive if well intentioned evangelical zeal and who will prevail in the long run. I see no easy or short term resolution to this struggle but I am simply an outside observer.
(This post was edited by Hound Dog on Feb 27, 2010, 3:38 PM)