Mexico is a secular country with freedom of conscience and practice of religion. Persecution of evangelicals occurs in certain parts of Mexico. Evangelicals in the southern states, particularly Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero, face prejudice, harassment, expulsion from their villages, attacks against their churches and private property, threats of sexual assault, imprisonment and murder. Opposition to evangelicals derives mostly from their refusal to participate in syncretistic community religious events that involve pagan rituals and heavy drinking. Evangelicals are considered a threat to local political and religious leaders’ control.