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Cuba's Religion Minister Calls Gospel Printing Operation 'Dangerous'
Agape Press ^ | 10/24/05 | Allie Martin

Posted on 10/24/2005 4:04:45 PM PDT by wagglebee

Cuba's Minister of Religion claims a Christian pastor in that country was engaged in subversive and dangerous actions. The church leader's alleged crime, apparently, was printing the Gospel of John.

Earlier this month, five plain-clothes police officers raided the home of Pastor Eliseo Rodriguez Matos in the Cuban city of Colon. The officers confiscated a printing press and printed Gospels of John, and the Assembly of God church pastor was taken to the local police station for interrogation.

Todd Nettleton is with Voice of the Martyrs, a ministry to persecuted Christians worldwide. He says the Minister of Religion had harsh words for Matos. The Havana-based official, an atheist named Caridad Diego, said the printing press was "very dangerous," a characterization the VOM representative sees as very ironic.

"It's just a small [device], almost like a mimeograph machine," Nettleton points out, "and yet the minister of religion for the whole country of Cuba considers it to be very dangerous." Of course, he notes, the Cuban government has recently stepped up its campaign against unregistered house churches. In that environment, printing and disseminating the gospel is an activity that would prove dangerous indeed -- dangerous for the believer involved.

And yet, the VOM spokesman points out, government officials in the communist nation have actually promoted greater religious freedom in the past few years. "They've even held some widespread gospel crusades in the country of Cuba," he says. "In one case, even Fidel Castro was present at one of those gospel meetings."

For that reason, among many observers "it was kind of thought that this is a place where things are getting better for the Church," Nettleton says. "But I think this case shows that they are still watching these churches. They're still keeping an eye on what's going on, and they are still coming against the Church."

Nettleton says it is time for Cuban officials to keep their promises to expand religious freedom in that country.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Cuba; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bible; castro; christianity; christianpersecution; communism; gospelofjohn; religiousoppression; voiceofthemartyrs
Of course the communists find the Bible dangerous, we are facing the same thing here in the United States.
1 posted on 10/24/2005 4:04:47 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 10/24/2005 4:08:24 PM PDT by NYer (“Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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Religious oppression ping.


3 posted on 10/24/2005 4:08:26 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

OF course Christianity is subversive to Coomunism. One steals your soul the other saves it.


4 posted on 10/24/2005 4:11:26 PM PDT by martywake (Liberals: Those who put YOUR money where THEIR mouth is)
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To: wagglebee

It will be like that here in another generation or so.


5 posted on 10/24/2005 4:11:57 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: wagglebee

"...Even Fidel Castro was present at one of those Gospel Meetings..."
I would've paid ANY amount of money to see that one. Fidel Castro in church....really, that's funny....


6 posted on 10/24/2005 4:14:04 PM PDT by confederate_infidel (Tunafish: taste like dolphin.)
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To: wagglebee
Cuba's Minister of Religion

...in a nominally atheistic country? Now there's an irony for you.

7 posted on 10/24/2005 4:16:40 PM PDT by RichInOC (SATAN: ˇˇCOMO ESTAS FIDEL!! TODO SU ALMA ES PERTENECE A NOSOTROS. JA JA JA JA....)
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To: wagglebee
Cuba sounds like an ACLU paradise. I wonder why the ACLU doesn't tell all their supporters that Cuba is their model state, and what they want America to look like in the future.
8 posted on 10/24/2005 4:22:12 PM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (My Homeland Security: Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper)
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To: wagglebee

"Of course the communists find the Bible dangerous, we are facing the same thing here in the United States."

time to send the aclu to gitmo


9 posted on 10/24/2005 4:37:02 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite ( Mike Pence for President!!! http://acuf.org/issues/issue34/050415pol.asp)
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To: wagglebee
Time to send some of our congress critters down there to 'vestigate. How about patty murray?

FMCDH(BITS)

10 posted on 10/24/2005 5:47:35 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: nothingnew
I'm sure "60 Minutes" will send Dan Ratherbiased down there to investigate.

And Janet elReno is sending "back-up"


11 posted on 10/24/2005 5:54:34 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

When do we hear denunciations from the NCC & their affiliated pulpits?


12 posted on 10/24/2005 6:01:21 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Mohamophages of the world, unite!)
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To: wagglebee

No; I meant of CUBA, not the pastor!


13 posted on 10/24/2005 6:02:34 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Mohamophages of the world, unite!)
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I'm sure that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton will be among the first to fly down there and voice their support for Fidel and his jackboots.


14 posted on 10/24/2005 6:04:26 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: confederate_infidel
I'd imagine that CBS has the footage. Dan Rather is most likely seated right next him and the place is full of fidelistas.

And then just as soon as the MSM has left the country "Mr. Religion" has the church leveled and the pastor or priest jailed.

15 posted on 10/24/2005 6:07:56 PM PDT by perfect stranger
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For that reason, among many observers "it was kind of thought that this is a place where things are getting better for the Church,"

Lucky them. These people are persecuted, harassed, and imprisoned for preaching the Gospel without the permission and supervision of El Comandante or his lackeys. I give very little credence to their so-called “freedom of religion,” which is just another propaganda tool to better themselves in the international public relations arena. The fact that Cuba has a minister of religion should be an indication that religion isn't free there, and requires close supervision.

16 posted on 10/24/2005 6:51:50 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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