Mexican Narcoterrorist Region May Abandon Catholicism for Islam

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


It would seem as if Bishop Ruiz’s brand of Liberation Theology has had the same effect on Chiapas as on Europe. Chiapas is poor, but it’s now also appearing to trend Islamic as any region under the influence of the left eventually does. When you kill the local religion and replace it with social justice, foreign religions eventually take its place.

In the mid-1990s, a leftist resistance group which calls itself The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) made Chiapas its home. Its attempts to fight the Mexican Army repeatedly failed, but the Zapatistas are still very active in the district’s rural areas. Chiapas is considered a dangerous place, where every home has an arms arsenal of its own; and like many other places in Mexico, Chiapas’ streets have become the battlefield where the government and local drug lords wrestle for dominance.

Chiapas, however, harbors an even more sinister secret: It is also a hub of radical Islamist activity.

Catholic Mexico is in the midst of a crisis of faith. According to a local businessman, who asked to remain anonymous, it is widely believed that within a decade, Chiapas will be the first federal state in Mexico to turn its back on the Church.

“The Muslim missionaries are very active there,” he said. “It’s hard to know exactly how many people have converted to Islam over the past few years.”

In December 2011, the US authorities released an indictment filed against Lebanese drug lord Ayman Juma, which exposed Hezbollah’s involvement with the Los Zetas drug cartel. According to the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Los Zetas is the most technologically advanced and most dangerous cartel operating in Mexico.

Juma was indicted in absentia for smuggling 85 tons of cocaine into the US and for laundering $850 million for Los Zetas. He was also accused of serving as a go-between for the Mexican crime syndicate and the Shiite terror group.

According to US officials, for a modest 8%-14% commission, Juma’s money laundering process would take about a week. The operation involved bank accounts in dozens of countries, making it virtually impossible to track the dirty money.

US intelligence concluded that Hezbollah has established sleeper cells, intelligence infrastructure and training bases in Mexico and other South American countries. The Shiite group is also helping the drug lords build smuggling tunnels under the US-Mexico border and satellite images show that they are nearly identical to the maze of tunnels running under the Gaza-Egypt border.

Hezbollah is also training the cartels’ operatives in the dubious art of explosives, helping drug lords improve their bomb-making skills.

Now why would they need to learn how to make better bombs?

  • rightwingcanadian

    I can see why mass conversion to Islam in Mexico is very possible because Islam is very apealing to people who are poor or feel very lowly about themselves and Mexico being poor as it is could be a likely candidate for this.

    • Bartemais

      There is also one point of appeal in Islam to the violent and lawless and that is the religious justification to kill without conscience. In Catholicism it is not as easy to justify indiscriminate killing. The drug lords and leftists have a need to justify their murders.

    • anonymouse

      Islam also appeals to the ignorant/uneducated/superstitious/stupid, in much the same way that other religions do…

  • JacksonPearson

    The drug cartels are using terrorist tactics all right. But IMO, a conversion to Islam would be very tedious and tenacious, because most Mexicans are deeply rooted into Catholicism.

  • zorro

    drug cartels can be anything, they are a bunch of therrorist, but as for islam, I bellive in 38 years have not even seen one muslim in mexico.

    • Elena

      You obviously have no looked under the proper rocks.

      Car bombings, coordinated to kill first responders, beheadings, and islamic paraphernalia just north of the border on known smuggling routes are all clues.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Ahh. the relationship between Islamists and drug cartels, especially in Latin America and the tri-border region – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/15/shariah-law-i… help spell it out. Hopefully.

    Adina kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • isahiah62

    Hmm 0bama gives weapons to narco-terrorists who just happen to be in bed with Hezbollah? Hmm

    • kafir4life

      Not only that, but President Stinky (aka bo) ordered the assasination of Brian Terry who had information about Stinky and Eric's gun running scheme. Eric and Stinks were known to make some mighty nice commissions on the sale of those guns, and Agent Terry was about to "drop a dime" on the Stinkmeister.

      Similarly, Amb. Stevens was neutralized by co-religionists of Stinky as he had knowlege of Stinks giving guns to his idiological pals in al-quada and was also about to go public, so he had to be eliminated to protect that smell in the White House.

      • Patrick Wells

        Wow. Just wow. That sounds deeply paranoid. Or maybe deliberately placed to invoke paranoia in its readers. I don't know but would you care to share the sources of your information? Thanks.

  • Chezwick

    The Iranians are doing what the Soviets only dreamed of. This growing Muslim contingent in Chiapas has become the bridge-head in Mexico with which to subvert the USA.

    Interestingly, the Muslim presence started with a single conversion. The man then successfully proselytized to his extended family and the rest is unfolding-history.

  • Cat K

    Bingo! Every leftist you know who endorses atheism or social justice is endorsing future Islam. Even though they may be dupes who have no awareness of this-or maybe they do know it &like it.
    When the traditional religion fades, as is happening across America, a vacuum is created. It is human nature to seek a faith of some sort, to desire a structure for ordering one's perspectives and behavior. Islam has been waiting in the wings. It is already at work in the prisons. This may be why Obama said that we are the largest "Muslim" nation.
    All Thanks to Leftists & low information voters!

    • anonymouse

      Blithering nonsense! How are atheists alleged to support ANY religion, least of all, the rotting corpse of Islam. I have to agree that Barry is the greatest threat to America's freedom hw who wears the ring inscribed "There is no God but Allah" and made the statement at the U.N. "The future must not belong to those who insult the prophet of Islam". WHEN will The USA wake up?

      RELIGION is the problem, not only Islam. It has no place in the developed world of science and rational thought. Don't overlook the facts- Islam was invented by way of the bible and torah, with a nice layer of savagery and death wish added, enforced by terror of Allah's punishments… beheadings, amputations, stonings, floggings…

      • Judenlieber

        There is NO GOD, and anonymouse is HIS prophet.

        • Jake-a-runi

          Islam is a religion only in that the prophet worshippers insist that their whims be accommodated as supernatural imperatives. In every aspect of its history, it is a military and political phenomenon. It demands political loyalty of its adherents, and further demands that loyalty to the state be simulated, but denied.

          All religion is nonsense. Islam is treason.

          And anonymouse is correct: there is no god, all purported prophets are frauds. But what is real are the millions of fools who assert otherwise. Sadly, those who think are vastly outnumbered by those believe. It seems one cannot do both.

  • Arlie

    I was very sad to see that Connie Mack lost his bid for the Senate seat in Florida. Congressman Mack had long spoken out on these very dangers. He saw it coming over 6 years ago and was speaking out then.

    Do you know that there are 2 US governments and 2 Constitutions? This happened after the Civil War. The current government is a deFacto corporation and will FAIL because it is not ruled by We the People. There is a vacated DeJure government that We the People have taken possession of and is ready to operate when the current system fails. We will return as sovereign individuals under our founding documents as a Constitutional Republic. It is all set up legally. http://www.republicfortheunitedstates.org

  • Shane

    Islam and Socialism are compatible, so Islam can be used as an excuse to kill those infidels who oppose spreading the wealth. Islam has great appeal to people with a violent nature who want to attack and kill others, that's why conversions of criminals in prisons is so high. You can learn about Muhammad and Islam here – The Innocent Prophet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

    • anonymouse

      You Americans are paranoid! Socialism has replaced Communism as the Great Bogeyman; modern socialism is a democratic viewpoint and Islam is absolutely opposed to democracy. Don't get confused.

    • Jake-a-runi

      Islam and Socialism are compatible…

      The Soviet experience in Afganistan suggests otherwise.

    • Jake-a-runi

      All the world belongs to Allah..

      .None of it to be shared with unbelievers.

    • Jake-a-runi

      All the world belongs to Allah...

      None of it to be shared with unbelievers.

    • Jake-a-runi

      Islam and Socialism are compatible…

      Tell this to the Soviets.

  • Thomas Wells

    Don't worry; the US border with Mexico is safe. Jughead Janet, of Homeland Insecurity said so.

  • anonymouse

    There are millions of potential Islamic terrorists already embedded in US society, and at high levels in government; worry about these rather than a handful of fools in Mexico.

    • Thomas Wells

      Be worried, be very worried about BOTH the Fools and the Tools.

  • Jake-a-runi

    Never posted here before and may never again. __The important one dissappeared. The trivial one appeared twice. And these postings are monitored, hence a human, not a cyberglitch, is responsble.

  • Elena

    This part of Mexico has a syncretistic meld of Mayan religious beliefs and practices under a thin veneer of Roman Catholicism.

    Evangelical Christians are frequently persecuted for their beliefs and preaching a Gospel more consistent with what is found in the New Testament.

    It does not surprise me that the least evangelized part of Mexico would be the first to fall to islamism. Those who are deeply Christian usually are destroyed by islam rather than be converted to it. Those without much depth of faith convert quite quickly because of islam's various inducements – power, sexual lust unhindered for men, unrestricted violence against women and minorities, and dhimmi status beneath muslims for all others.

    I do find it interesting that they are connecting Los Zetas who are generally along the border with the US and work jointly with Hezbollah against US law enforcement with Chiapas which is in the "elbow" of Mexico on the Pacific Coast.

    • Safia ELalaoui

      What I see is people breaking away from Christian slavery and bloodthirstiness. A so called religion that, at its core believes in crucifixion and drinking the blood of Jesus. Utter ignorance and vampirisim.
      What you call islamism incites dignity and for people to think for themselves: the 1st word from the Coran is Iqra, which means Read ! So called Christianity says you have to go thru a child molester priest to get the gospel.
      If I were you, I will be wondering why such people are really converting." Allah will spread his religion (Islam) inspite of the * kufar and munafiqin', ( the non believers and the hypocrites )

      • LibertarianToo

        So why are so many Muslims working overtime to keep girls from learning how to read?

  • Tom Edgar

    What a load of rightist garbage. Rightist in that MY religion MY politics, My way is right. Back up with evidence that "Left" means Islam. Left in the past meant "Atheist'. Now it means whatever the "Conspiratorialists" wish it to mean. Left or "Socialist" (another term of which Americans don't really know the meaning.) countries include most of Western Europe, and Australasia by American standards. None of these are Islamic nations. Then the false attribution of Obama's saying America is the largest Islamic nation by Cat is ludicrous. This is stated without a scintilla of verifiable authentication being proferred The largest Islamic nation in the world is Indonesia by a country mile and what is more is the most liberal minded one.

    Yep militant Islam is as dangerous as militant Christianity, there are some of the latter who wish to start a war in the Middle East so that they can fulfil their idiotic prophecies of Armageddon. All the religions are dangerous insofar as they all stultify individualistic and independent thinking. each and every one have a basic tenet of. "My way is the right and only way." I confess that I think that way too, but I'm not going out of my way to proselytise nor force anyone to agree with me. I can't promise you either Heaven or Hell if you agree or not.

    • LibertarianToo

      Tom, Obama was interviewed by a French TV station, and said that if you take the size of the muslim population in America, America is one of the largest muslim countries in the world. Google "Obama America Muslim Nation" -it comes right up. If you have a problem with the assertion, blame that truth-impaired pres., not Cat.

  • Sam Kirshaw

    "it’s now also appearing to trend Islamic as any region under the influence of the left eventually does." What neocon claptrap is this? No one in their right mind would believe this statement. Fear-mongering!

  • http://www.islam-2012-newworldorder.com John

    Here it is a sign to change this secularism's new world order with that link
    http://www.islam-2012-newworldorder.com

    Spread that link around the world for the call to freedom of all muslim nations around the world !

  • Domingo G.

    This is the oddest article I've ever seen. The big worry in a largely Catholic country which has Protestant Evangelicals making inroads, is la Santa Muerte, a death cult. And yeah, there are Jews and Lebanese people in Mexico. Not a news flash. Salma Hayek, lebanese. Could there be ties to Hezbollah? Maybe, but Shiite terrorist cells? Highly doubtful. And lefties and liberation theology helping move Islamists in? Even more doubtful. Is it possible the cartels are turning to groups with expertise in tunnels and explosives, yeah. But these guys aren't about revolution, they are about drugs (hence the tunnels) death and violence (hence the bombs). Especially the Zetas, former army troops and special forces. I don't think they are looking for religious instruction. I am floored by this article and the comments responding to it. Get away from the right wing conspiracy theories and just look at current events in Mexico. They are scarier than the Shiite allegations if you are willing to take a look beyond this ridiculous article.

  • Ibrahim

    While the article is in itself interesting you, the reader must keep an open mind and investigate the real Islam and, find the difference between the sects of Islam. Not everything is the same, radicalists from Iran would very much use the current situation in Mexico to further their agenda.