COLOMBIA: Armistice for Protestants

Under two dictators—Laureano Gómez and Gustavo Rojas Pinilla—Protestant missionaries in the Colombian backwoods were victims of a nine-year campaign of terror and violence aimed at chasing them out of the country. They were jailed, beaten, run out of town. Their schools and churches were padlocked, sometimes burned and dynamited, and it was decreed unlawful for any Protestant missionary to minister to any Colombian citizen. Last week, with Rojas five months gone, there were signs that the anti-Protestant pressure was easing off.

In 98% Catholic Colombia, hatred of Protestants—especially the active, evangelistic denominations—has long been cultivated. Ever since 1887, when Roman...