Schlafly: For Greater Glory


Shortly before we started hearing fireworks for this year’s Fourth of July, the movie entitled “For Greater Glory” opened in local theaters. It is a compelling dramatization of the Mexican government’s persecution of Christians in the 1920s, a bloody piece of history that has so far been ignored by historians and filmmakers.

In 1926, the Mexican government brutally enforced laws to suppress all religion. Government officials openly admired Soviet Communism, and therefore were determined to destroy all visible evidences of Christianity, including the cross and other Christian symbols. Soldiers on horseback vandalized church property, killed priests, and strung up dead bodies on posts to terrify the people. Soldiers could order anyone to repeat “Long live the Federal Government,” and shoot to kill anyone who refused. Mexico’s Constitution required the schools to be active participants in the battle to secularize the country and suppress religion. The Constitution stated: “Education services should be secular, and, therefore, free of any religious orientation.”

Our first reaction to the killings in this movie is “of course, this can’t happen here.” The bloody part may be improbable in the United States, but contempt for religion in the U.S. is already evident. It’s not difficult to imagine the same hateful words of the Mexican President being repeated in the United States by the various atheist litigators who are aggressively pushing supremacist judges to ban the Ten Commandments, crosses, prayer, our national motto, and all references to God and Jesus Christ from the schools and from every public place. It’s instructive for Americans, who have peacefully enjoyed religious liberty for more than two centuries, to realize the hatred that some people have for religion in general and for Christianity in particular.

Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.

Used with the permission of Eagle Forum.

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