Separation of Church and State in Mexico

A group of opposition lawmakers said Friday they will introduce a measure to strengthen Mexico’s long-standing separation of church and state, which they see as imperiled.

“There are increasing signs that the secular republic, based on the Mexican legal system, is at risk,” Rep. Maria Beatriz Pages Llergo, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, said at a forum on religious tolerance.

The 1917 constitution guarantees religious freedom, freedom of speech, and a nonreligious public educational system. Some lawmakers want to see private education also guaranteed as non-religious.



  1. #1 Joshua Zelinsky
    November 19, 2007

    I find it hard to accept the claim that one is supporting additional separation of church and state when one is trying to force private education be secular. This sounds more like imposing one set of viewpoints (secularism) on the private sphere. Forcing the private sector to engage in non-religoius education seems like a bad idea.