On this date in 1539 (Nov. 30th), an Aztec noble named Don Carlos Ometochtzin was burned at the stake by the Spanish Inquisition in Mexico City. He had been considered a model convert to Christianity until it was discovered he still adhered to his native religious practices in secret, and was encouraging his colleagues to do the same. Of the Franciscan missionaries he said: “Who are these people who bother us and perturb us and live among us and try to rule us? This is our land and our way of life and our possession. The rule of it belongs to us and will remain with us. Who comes here to subjugate us? Who are these people who are not our relatives nor of our blood nor equal to us?”
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Martyrs Series.

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