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Movie underscores Mexican regime's ongoing anti-Christian campaign.

"Viva Cristo Rey!" ("Long Live Christ the King!") That was the rallying cry for millions of Mexicans during the second and third decades of the 20th century, as revolutionary governments, modeled after the Bolshevik regime in Russia, unleashed round after round of persecution and terror throughout Mexico. For Greater Glory, the newly released epic film starring Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria, provides a stirring introduction to the "Cristero War," or "Cristiada" (1926-1929), a heroic chapter of Mexico's history that, until now, has been almost virtually unknown in the United States (as well as in Mexico, where the government has suppressed true reports of the persecutions and all favorable mention of the Cristeros, who finally rose up to fight for religious liberty).

The wholesale raping, pillaging, destruction and desecration of churches, murder and torture of priests, closing of Catholic schools, takeover of education by anti-Christian propagandists, and other outrages initiated by the regime of President Plutarco Elias Calles, ultimately drove the long-suffering Mexican people to take up arms against the dictatorial oppressor. Tens of thousands--mostly peasants--joined the Cristero army, led by Gen. Enrique Gorostieta (played by Andy Garcia). Although poorly armed and usually outnumbered, the Cristeros repeatedly inflicted decisive defeats upon Calles' army. Unable to defeat the Cristeros militarily, Calles resorted to diplomatic treachery, suing for peace and promising to restore religious liberty. Hundreds of Cristero leaders who accepted his amnesty and laid down their arms were tortured and executed; thousands of Cristero supporters were hunted down and murdered. It is to America's everlasting shame that our White House and State Department not only aided Calles in this deception but also provided him with arms and airplanes, while blocking all attempts by the Cristeros--Christian freedom fighters--to buy arms and munitions. In so doing, the U.S. government aligned itself with the anti-Christian forces that have been initiating communistic revolutions throughout the world since that great atheistic prototype, the French Revolution of 1789.

Although Mexico is overwhelmingly Catholic (and was even more so at the beginning of the 20th century), the Mexican Constitution of 1917 reflected the Marxist and anticlerical zeitgeist of the Bolshevik Revolution of that same year. In addition to confiscating all property (churches, schools, universities, hospitals, monasteries, convents, rectories, etc.) of the Catholic Church, the new Constitution placed draconian restrictions on Catholic worship and Catholic clergy, forbidding priests, bishops, and nuns even to wear their religious garb in public, on pain of fine and imprisonment.

Mexico became the first country in the world to recognize the new Soviet Union. Soviet dictator Lenin sent top Comintern agent Mikhail Borodin to Mexico to coordinate a growing communist-socialist movement that was heavily larded with foreign elements, mostly American and European intellectuals.

Mexico has not completely repudiated its Bolshevik legacy.Although the anticlerical extremes of the Calles regime have ceased, Article 24 of the Constitution, prohibiting prayer and the teaching of religion in schools, remains in place and has become a political hot issue today. Most of the politicians of the ruling Partido de Alianza Nacional (PAN) favor repeal of the religious prohibition. The party of Calles, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), which ruled Mexico for 70 years, is split on the issue, while the far-left Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD), an off-shoot of the PRI, adamantly clings to the anti-Christian constitutional provision.

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Title Annotation:INSIDE TRACK; For Greater Glory
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1MEX
Date:Jun 25, 2012
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