Religion: Murder in Colombia

José Noel Luna, an earnest young (25) farmer, dropped into the small Presbyterian church at Frias, in the hills of central Colombia, one day last month to do a little repair work. He was an elder of the church, and accustomed to giving some of his spare time to its upkeep.

Soon after Elder Luna finished his work and left, government police broke into the church, overturned the pulpit, dragged the Bible and all the Protestant literature they could find outside for burning. In the midst of their looting, Elder Luna returned. The police demanded to know his religion and his politics.


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