those who use it as a control mechanism are the dangerous ones...
playing with peoples beliefs is never a good idea.
again this reminds me of an old document known as the 'el requiremento'. it gives permission and absolution to its followers. it makes it ok to insert violent behaviors into a belief system. lording it over the heathen inflating the ego of the group. it has worked time and time again. today they are known as extremists. and you're right: the ones who commit these atrocities are only the drones..
In Texas it's probable cause for search and seizure.
Although the Catholic church officially opposes them, the folk saints of Latin America are enormously important to the lives of hundreds of thousands of their followers. Criminals, from cartels to thieves and more, have also adopted the practice of praying to entities like Santa Muerte for forgiveness, protection and aid. But why?
Drug cartels pray to saints for protection from police, expert says
But why would any saint intercede on behalf of a criminal? Almonte says some in cartels don't believe what they're doing is wrong and even though in many cases they're praying to avoid police, this bizarre practice can also be a giveaway.
"They'll have a lot of these [prayer cards or idols] on them, or in their vehicle or in their home. These items are meant to be a red flag," he said. "I make it clear, though, none of these things by themselves or combined are probable cause for search and arrest. Just something to look at, keep an eye out for."
A Religion that Uses Human Sacrifice is Gaining Popularity with Mexican Drug Cartels
Texas law enforcement officials told the media this deviant religion is now being openly practiced by violent lawbreakers and drug traffickers. An ex-narcotics detective, Robert Almonte, told a media house that an increasing number of criminals now pray to Santa Muerte. La Santa Muerte is not a new phenomenon. It has been around since the latter part of the 1980s.
Depicted as a mysterious and dark saint wearing a black robe commonly worn by nuns, it is well known among Mexican-American Catholics. It is distinctive as it carries a scythe. Human sacrifice is thought to be a part of this unorthodox spiritual outgrowth.
According to people who pray to Santa Muerte, the benefits are repelling any kind of wrongdoing. It is said to provide supernatural help, including the protection of drug smugglers against law enforcement. Its devotees use Catholic prayers and shrines are built in its honor