The JAM wrote:
Catherine_Puce wrote:You will only have to bear odd stare by demonstrate your faith.
That's true, for now. But the bottom line is that the world, as a whole, is starting to hate Christians more and more.
I'll say this again: eventually, Christians, even those in the US, are going to have to bear quite a bit more than just an odd stare. It might mean losing your job (I lost a job once for disagreeing with faith matters with my boss, who was a Buddhist), failing school (some of the kids of our church have been given failing grades for refusing to participate in the Halloween/Day of the Dead celebrations that public schools hold, under the pretext of "not upholding our national traditions"), being denied running water (as it's happening in Chiapas and Oaxaca because they don't worship the virgin Mary (sorry, Tom, that's what's happening there)), or when push comes to shove, well, read Matthew 24.
I do not presume to deny what you claim is happening in Chiapas and Oaxaca. I find it fantastic but not having personal knowledge I will limit myself to the following observations.
1. Mary worship is a heresy in the Catholic Church and the Church has set up tribunals to handle this as well as any other heresy that may crop up from time to time. Non-Catholics have access to these ecclesial courts in a circumstance such as you describe. Such people would be excommunicated for Mary worship until they repent and reconcile.
2. Denying water in order to force conversions is strictly forbidden and a mortal sin. The same court procedures are available. Nobody in Rome throws away appeals unread.
3. Mary worship is a very common false accusation that protestants level against Catholics. It is not something that one should toss around lightly as it has been a marker for some very ugly bigotry over the years. There is a difference between requesting intercessory prayer of the spirits of holy dead and worshipping those dead. While Catholics can fall into the error of the latter, more commonly outsiders misinterpret the former as the latter. If you don't have a problem asking someone else to pray for you, the only difference between you and Catholic belief might be a difference of opinion on whether departed souls currently have volition, ie whether the dead themselves can pray. Catholics believe that they can, many (but not all) protestants do not.
4. Just because a Church is right about Jesus does not mean all its members are saints. Were they, there would be no other churches.