From our Annals of Marxist Divinity Bureau
Anyone with half a brain can quickly figure out that Marxism/socialism/communism is more of a religion than a political philosophy.
For starters, it requires absolute belief in unchanging truths — an orthodoxy centered in a mythology of redemption — and it has no tolerance for dissent from orthodxy. To top it off, it also requires a small hierarchical oligarchy that claims to have the sole authority to interpret orthodoxy and to punish and exterminate heresy.
Babalu readers are probably very familiar with the many ways in which the Marxist Castro regime has taken over the Catholic Church in Cuba and turned it into a branch of the state, not just compliant to its directives, but highly supportive of its repressive authority. Case in point: Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino, who once wrote on his diocesan website that anyone who failed to believe in the goals of the so-called “Revolution” had no right to determine Cuba’s future. (A statement quickly expunged and no longer accessible on that website).
What many people might not know is that the Castro regime has dealt the same way with Cuba’s main Protestant churches through a barely disguised branch of the government that calls itself The Cuban Council of Churches.
Well….hang on to your dentures, Mildred…. this control by the Council of Churches is now being challenged directly for the first time, ever.
Sick and tired of being gagged, harassed, and abused by the Marxists at the Council of Churches, Cuba’s seven largest Protestant churches have formed a new alliance, the main purpose of which is to finally break state control of their Christian religion.
True to form, the Castronoids have already retaliated by forbidding visitors from abroad to bring these seven churches any form of financial, social, or spiritual aid.
How dare they challenge the Church of Karl Marx and the Savior Fidel Castro! Heretics!
Seven Protestant denominations in Cuba, including the five largest in terms of membership, joined together to launch a new Cuban Alliance of Evangelical Churches on 11 June in a show of inter-denominational unity unseen on the island since the 1959 Revolution.
A statement signed by the leaders of the seven denominations said: “The primary reason behind the creation of this alliance is that the denominations which form part do not feel represented by the Cuban Council of Churches before the authorities and the Cuban people and feel motivated to work united in the defense of Biblical values.”
The move to unify under a new evangelical alliance follows an unprecedented campaign led by the same denominations against a new constitution which was approved in a general referendum in February. The new constitution contains significantly weakened language on freedom of religion or belief and freedom of conscience as compared to the previous constitution.
Since the referendum, the five largest Protestant denominations have told CSW that the Cuban government has barred them from receiving any visits from abroad.
The Cuban Council of Churches (CCC), to which the statement refers, also groups together a number of Protestant denominations and other religious groups. The CCC maintains a close relationship with the government and is generally publicly supportive of its policies. Despite representing a small minority of Protestants in terms of numbers, the CCC is usually presented by the Cuban government both domestically and internationally as speaking on behalf of all Cuban Protestants. Over the decades, CCC leadership has consistently downplayed religious freedom concerns in Cuba.
CSW’s Head of Advocacy Anna Lee Stangl said: “Since the Revolution the Cuban government has attempted to keep the various denominations divided and until now this has been mostly successful. Attempts at collaborative work, even at the local level, have been met with harsh crackdowns. The public decision of these seven leaders and the denominations they represent to come together and speak with one voice, even as their churches are experiencing discriminatory behavior on the part of the government, is incredibly brave and provides a platform for a new and important voice from Cuban independent civil society.”
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