Religious sect destroys schools in Mexican town

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Two schools were destroyed in the western Mexican town of Turicato by a radical religious sect that threatens to “destroy coexistence,” Mayor Salvador Barrera said.


According to the top local authority, the New Jerusalem community, which settled some 35 years ago in the Turicato municipality of Michoacan state believing it to be hallowed ground, is mostly made up of people from other states with a “low educational profile.”

The “dissident Catholic sect” seeks to save “traditional religious life” by having Mass said in Latin, singing night and day, and being governed by rules that they themselves created and are enforced by so-called “celestial police” who have no legal authorization to do so, and who at times “violate” constitutional rights, Barrera said.

“It’s impossible to walk around freely, there are patrols that prevent it. People are detained – not long ago they locked up a man and his girlfriend who had committed no infraction and fined them,” he said.

A total of some 2,500 people live in New Jerusalem, but over the past six years some 40 percent of the flock decided to shed traditionalist customs, which, according to the mayor, has created conflicts within the community.

The latest result was the demolition last week of six classrooms, six bathrooms and all the furnishings of two schools, after which the buildings were burned down.

The destruction left the community without any educational centers – one had been a kindergarten and the other a primary school – since they had been considered, according to Barrera, “schools of the devil.”

“The idea is ridiculous. To me it’s perfectly clear that educational institutions form minds that are analytical, critical and with hopes of a better life,” so leaders of the sect “see themselves losing any chance of controlling the inhabitants of New Jerusalem the way they want to if the people become educated,” he said.

Written By: EFE
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13 COMMENTS

  1. ” Imagine no religion. “

    Or, imagine nothing but religion and what is happening in the microcosm of this town spreading inexorable everywhere. Their fantasy; the world returned to the tenth century forever.

  2. I love it how ultimately all these variations like catholics sects, ultra-jews , hindus become identical to taliban in every way.

    It really comes down to incompatibility with reason and human decency, the only way religious people are reasonable and decent is to ignore the bulk of their superstition.

  3. The “dissident Catholic sect” seeks to save “traditional religious life” by having Mass said in Latin, singing night and day, and being governed by rules that they themselves created and are enforced by so-called “celestial police” who have no legal authorization to do so, and who at times “violate” constitutional rights
    Traditional religious life!!!!!
    in 1999 several members of the sect were expelled for refusing to obey internal regulations ordering women and young girls to be handed over for the sexual satisfaction of their spiritual leader.
    Says it all doesn’t it? The only surprise here is that these catholics aren’t being reported for pederastry

  4. Mexico is having terrible trouble with gangs of people thumbing their noses at the law.

    I would hope those responsible could be identified and treated like ordinary vandals.  Further there should be some civil way to sue for damages from the church.

  5.   The destruction left the community without any educational centers – one
    had been a kindergarten and the other a primary school – since they had
    been considered, according to Barrera, “schools of the devil.”

    ..Says it all really!   Schools and education, ARE the the enemies of thick, ignorant, know-it-all fundies!

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic….

    In Tijuana a man visits a modest roadside chapel honoring the folk saint Jesús Malverde, a legendary outlaw said to have been hanged by officials in Sinaloa a century ago.

    Death is not the end of bravado for Mexican drug traffickers laid to rest in lavish mausoleums at a cemetery in Culiacán, heart of the Sinaloa cartel. The woman in the foreground is the wife of a construction worker. (see link)

    But there are plenty of spin-off RC cults in Mexico, including a patron-saint of robbers and drug runners.

  6. It sounds a bit like Sharia Law – a load of made up fairy tales for “adults”. 

    These groups seem to share a uniformly characteristic visciousness; a kind of virulent infantilism.

    Uh!

  7. Note to self: Avoid Turicato at all costs! Sounds a bit like Christian Right Wing Americans attacking education as ” not necessary for success” and ” liberally biased.” This, even from a would be presidential candidate of some popularity!

  8.  “I love it how ultimately all these variations like catholics sects,
    ultra-jews , hindus become identical to taliban in every way.”

    Maybe you meant Faith-fanatics. But what it appears as is that you have an issue with catholics, jews and hindus.

  9. Even screwier version of catholicism decides that to maximise the religious benefits of its superstition it must destroy all forms of knowledge and pander to the ignorant no surprise here then.

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