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Mayor 'Gives Away' Mexico's Wealthiest City to Jesus, Prompting Church-State Debate

Pastors' group partners with cities—and local politicians—to win over evangelicals.
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Evangelicals are well acquainted with the practice of dedicating children to Christ, but some pastors in Mexico are taking the practice a few steps further: They're getting entire cities dedicated.

But not everyone is happy about it. After Margarita Arellanes, mayor of Monterrey–the wealthiest and third-largest city in the country–"gave" her city "to our Lord Jesus Christ, so that his kingdom of peace and blessings may be established," critics began pointing out that her weekend speech may have violated the country's rigidly established separation of church and state.

Arellanes, a former lawyer, says she was careful to ensure the legality of her speech, adding in interviews that she acted as a private citizen–not as the city's mayor.

Arellanes isn't the only Mexican mayor to have dedicated her city to the Lord lately. According to The New York Times (NYT), "it turns out that the mayors of Guadalupe and Juárez, two towns close to Monterrey, and of Ensenada, in Baja California, (have) already ...

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