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Depiction of the Holy Family on a float, Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere is absolutely religious freedom in Mexico. Mexicans will not discriminate against you if you have a different religion. We have churches in Mexico of all denominations. I have never experienced any problems with people from different religions making friends with each other or getting married to someone from a different faith.
 
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Old Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere is religious freedom in Mexico and Mexico is a country with religious tolerance but like most countries, there are a few problems regarding tolerance.

Religious freedom and religious tolerance are not the same things. Whether there is religious freedom or not is determined by laws. Religious tolerance varies depending on the actions of the people.

Mexico has not always had religious freedom. The original indigenous people did not allow other religions. After the Spanish conquered Mexico, the Roman Catholic Church became the only church. Following Mexican Independence in the 1800’s, the power of the church was severely limited but the Roman Catholic Church remained as the only church permitted by the government.

Religious freedom occurred after the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The Mexican Constitution of 1917 allows everyone to worship as they wish and allows them to choose and express their religious beliefs. The Constitution also specifically separates church and state. Provisions of the Constitution prevent the government from prohibiting, establishing or promoting any religion. A recent amendment even prohibits churches from using religious services for political purposes.

Carvings by the Temple of the Sun at  Teotihuacán in Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingReligious tolerance can be viewed by either the actions of a government or by the population. The ancient cultures, the Spanish conquerors, and the early Mexican revolutionaries can all be described as being intolerant of other religions. The the intolerance continued but shifted after the Mexican Revolution. The early Mexican Government became very intolerant towards the Roman Catholic Church and they imposed strict anti-clerical laws. The Constitution of 1857 took away the privileges of the Church and president Benito Juárez even took control of the Church properties. This led to three years of religious civil war.

The Constitution of 1917 granted religious freedom, but it imposed many restrictions on the Church. When these provisions were enforced, it led to another religious war, the Cristeros Revolution. The revolution ended following public outrage when a revolutionary assassinated President Obregón.

Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe restrictive clauses were removed from the Constitution and relations were restored between Mexico and the Vatican in 1992.  The removal of these clauses also aided the spread of non-Catholic religions in Mexico.

This spread of other religions has led to cases of religious intolerance from the population. The most common problems are the many conflicts between indigenous populations who practice the Mexican version of Catholicism with non-Catholics. The situation is complicated because the Constitution allows special rights for indigenous communities and because the Mexican government has a strong commitment not to become involved in religious matters. These problems are common in the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Hidalgo, and Puebla. Recent news reports gave one example where a Protestant family was forced from their home and the community.

Stone Idol at the Cultural Center, Tijuana, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingOn the other hand, another recent newspaper article told of Jehovah’s Witnesses vandalizing a 7,000-year-old Mexican Temple where they destroyed at least a dozen stone idols.

But these problems are rare and when you consider Mexico with other countries, it definitely has religious freedom and is basically tolerant of other beliefs. I commonly see people of different beliefs and from different churches helping each other.

 
 
 
 

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Carvings by the Temple of the Sun at Teotihuacán in Mexico

Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City

Cultural Center, Tijuana, Mexico


 

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Catholic church in Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMy family is Catholic but if there is someone in our family who is thinking of converting to another religion, that is okay. They can do that. In my group of friends, we have Catholics and other religions but it doesn’t matter because in the end, we know that we worship the same God but with different names. If you are not Catholic you shouldn’t worry at all.
 
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Saint Charbel Makhlouf, the Lebanese saint in the Lebanese Catholic church of San Luis Potosi,  San Luis Potosi, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, there is religious freedom and religious tolerance in Mexico. There are a lot of different religions here and everybody respects each other’s religions. A lot of people in Mexico are Catholics, Christians and Testigos de Jehova (Jehovah’s Witnesses). In general, there is no religious discrimination here.
 
(Saint Charbel Makhlouf, a Lebanese saint in a Lebanese Catholic church in San Luis Potosi,  Mexico, pictured.)
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Frida_Kahlo,_by_Guillermo_Kahlo who proffessed of being Hungarian Jewish descent – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, there is religious freedom and tolerance in Mexico, which is more common in the northern part of Mexico than in any other part of Mexico.
 
People do not judge you in Mexico by religion, but 80% of the country of Mexico is Catholic. You will see a lot of people being devoted to Catholicism but if they see another religion such as Christian Protestant churches here in Baja (where you will see a lot of them), there is no judging that happens at all.
 
Most of what you will see here in Mexico is Catholics and Christian Protestants. The level of religious tolerance here in Mexico is a little bit less than in the US. Definitely, the US is more liberal in that sense and Mexico is much more conservative but it is not a huge deal. If you are a Christian here in Mexico, you should not be concerned to worship as you want to. We also have Jewish people here in Mexico and they are never made fun of or criticized.
 
 
 
(Pictured: Internationally known artist from Mexico, Frida Kahlo, who stated that her father, Carl Wilhelm Kahlo was born in Germany of Jewish heritage.) 

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