Pray for Mexico
But now Pajamasmedia notes that the full horrors of that death cult has returned.
Santa Muerte shrines have increasingly been found among gang related businesses such as drug trafficking and prostitution rings, especially businesses run by MS-13,the Latin Kings, and the 18th Street gang. The shrines are used both to supernaturally aid the worshipers and to terrorize the communities they are in.
In one such case, Jorge Flores Rojas, a sex trafficker operating in Charlotte, North Carolina, used the goddess to scare his victims into submission. After kidnapping the daughter of an acquaintance and raping the girl repeatedly, Flores forced the girl in front of one of his Santa Muerte shrines. There he took her underwear, stuffed them in an offering container, and told the girl should she try to escape the saint would punish her. In this way he kept the teenager in line while he sold her to dozens of men, until she was rescued by police.
There is also evidence of human sacrifices to Santa Muerte happening on American soil. In Chandler, Arizona, three illegal immigrants from Mexico stabbed to death and beheaded a fourth acquaintance in a brutal killing that baffled police. Neighbors reported seeing the men using Ouija boards and burning candles in some sort of rituals.
But Santa Muerte is not just worshiped by Mexican immigrants. The cult has made inroads into western occultism as evidenced by businesses aimed at Wiccans and other neo-Pagan groups offering ritual items useful only to the Santa Muerte cultist. In addition to candles, incense, and other altar items, the only known grimoire for the cult — Juan Ambrosio’s La Santa Muerte Biografía y Culto: Ventiséis rituales personales para conseguir salud, dinero y amor – is now carried by many occult supply shops though it seems to have not yet been translated into English.
That may explain another human sacrifice in the southwest, this time in New Mexico. A self-described Wiccan named Angela Sanford stabbed 52-year-old Joel Leyba to death on the Vernal Equinox, a magically and religiously significant day in many occult traditions.
Prayers are needed.
Here in the Philippines, the danger is here also, since the drug gangs have increased, while protestants alas too often convert by twisting scripture to bash catholics, and the elites tend to be into New Age variations of ancient chinese customs that may or may not be compatible with Christianty (the bishops once okayed feng shui for designs, but one Christian noted that "they are all Chinese"...presumably they don't see it as being against God but being in harmony with nature).
Nevertheless, the "prosperity" type preachers and new age "the Secret" and "success" type Christianity is popular in the papers.
In some ways, I worry less about the paganism of the fiestas, which are innocent and "baptised" to emphsize their good points, and aims at reminding us of God, not the gods.
But as the Mexican problem shows, once you weaken the church, the demons rise again.
Of course, the same problem is found in Europe/US, but killing off grandmom because you can't be bothered to care for her, or aborting your baby to take a trip to Paris (or as one teenager did here, to enter a beauty contest) is not the same thing according to our elightened class.