Dear Mr. Farah,
I read with pleasure your review of the film “For Greater Glory.” I read your columns from time to time, and I have to admit I don’t always agree with the things you write about. Yet, I find it amusing that the little-known episode in Mexico’s history involving the religious persecution and eventual uprising became the focus of your attention.
As a Mexican immigrant, I think it’s refreshing that you can find something inspiring from an event that happened in Mexico long ago. Most articles written by conservatives dealing with Mexico or Mexicans usually have to do with either illegal immigration or drug trafficking. Unfortunately most Americans seldom try to read or learn something about my country of origin, other that the topics I mentioned above. It is Mexicans storming the Alamo or Mexican drug cartels. Yet, there are plenty of examples of valor, greatness and selfless sacrifice from many heroes, with the Cristeros being only one example.
While I certainly liked the movie, it is by no means all you can see to learn about the Cristero Revolt of the 1920s. The fact that the PRI government in Mexico tried to “erase” this shameful and embarrassing chapter of Mexico’s history didn’t stop writers from keeping the subject alive. Writers like French-Mexican historian Jean Mayer, whose work include among others “The Cristero Rebellion: The Mexican People between Church and State 1926-1929,” offer a deep analysis and insight in this period of time.
As a side note, there is the anecdote of my now-deceased father, who was born in rural Mexico in 1920. Because he had to be baptized at 6 years old, he had to do it in secret because churches were already closed due to the Calles law. Also, one of the reason “For Greater Glory” is a rare example of a Christian-sympathetic film made in Hollywood is because it is not a Hollywood film at all! It is actually a Mexican film, and by that I am not referring to the fact that it’s about Mexico’s history, but because it was mostly produced and filmed in Mexico, although it is an English-speaking film (mostly).
Despite the serious problems and corruption pervasive in Mexico, you can be sure of one thing: Political correctness is not pervasive in Mexico, at least not yet!