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Guatemala is a small country right in the middle of the American continent. Levels of poverty, crime and violence, as well as government corruption, are sky-high. These features are all part of a complex sociopolitical environment that involves social and economic inequality, very few opportunities for human development, an ineffective justice system, and an almost complete lack of education, housing, and health care for a very large part of the population.
All Guatemalans are very concerned and desperate to find a way out of this and we all strive to rebuild this country to leave a better place for our children. Since a large percentage of Guatemalans are religious believers (97%), many people turn to religion as a source of comfort in times of despair and associate all sorts of bad things with "turning away" from God. The Christian God, that is. Thus, the idea that the solution to everything is to be found in the Bible and its supposed "values" is a very popular one.
Over the course of the last 9 months, a congressman claiming he received "explicit instructions from God" during a "divine revelation," has been planning and writing a bill proposal gathering support from local Evangelical and Pentecostal churches and organizations. The proposed bill was presented to Congress last Wednesday (July 15th) in a religious act inside Congress.

This BBSNews article was syndicated from Home, and written by Shakak Manteq. Read the original article here.

Shakak Manteq

Shakak Manteq is from Tehran, Iran and is the founder of Iranian Atheists & Agnostics.