Authorities Attempt to Remove Bible Monument in Mexico City

November 29, 2005

Source: The Christian Post

On November 29, 2005 The Christian Post reported, "At the end of October, Cuauhtemoc Delegation authorities from the Federal District sent a team of workers to remove a monument to the Bible built at the historical center of Mexico City, according to the Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency (ALC). Formally unveiled on Jan. 29 by the Bible Society of Mexico (SBM), the sculpture of granite, marble and bronze bears the verse from Revelation 1:3 in the NIV Bible – 'Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.' The text is printed in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, sources from SBM say. SBM, spearheaded the construction of the monument, told ALC that the action of the authorities is 'an act of religious intolerance.' 'The governors were acting based on their phobias and ideological prejudices and that it is worrying to imagine how they act in positions of greater responsibility and power,' reads a statement signed by SBM general secretary the Rev. Abner López, according to ALC. López also pointed out that the argument of the authorities for removing the monument is actually contradicting to the official documentation that granted the permission to build the monument."