Freedom of Religion

Much ado about religious freedoms lately with the Moore thing in Alabama and the “monument.” Many differing opinions covering the entire spectrum. I am of the school of thought that, as long as someone’s religious ideology is not detrimental to me, more power to them. Live and let live as they say.

Since we are free to worship (or not) God in our own way here in the United States, we tend to take it for granted. But imagine living in a place where you weren’t free to do so. Such is the case with Cuba.

Christmas was banned in Cuba for decades. It was only the Pope’s visit a few years ago that lifted those religious shackles.

Yet, any form of worship in Cuba, other than worshipping el Comandante, is frowned upon, and, in some cases is cause for “encarceration” and detainment.

September 12, 2003

Religious march broken up

Havana, Sept. 11 ( – A march by 17 dissidents to the shrine of the patron saint of Cuba, the Virgin of Charity, was broken up several miles from the religious site at El Cobre, according to one of the participants.

Juan Carlos Cardenas Isaac, president of the Cuba Civic Movement for Democracy, said the march was stopped at 5:25 a.m. on Sept. 8 by members of the political police and the paramilitary.

“We were shoved, handcuffed and thrown to the ground,” he said. “We were taken to a school near the Ambrosio Hospital and later to the police station in El Cobre where we were freed,” he said.

He said some tourists took photographs of the incident.