Fidel Castro: The Grinch who stole Cuba’s christmas

Fidel Castro went to his grave a heel who was cuddly as a cactus, charming as an eel, and a bad banana with the greasy black peel.

Via Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Cuban Grinch, dead five years, outlawed Christmas in Cuba for 29 years. Political show trials through Christmas 2021 show toxic legacy continues

American children’s author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss brought the Grinch into existence in 1955, and wrote about How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 1957. In the story the Grinch, a creature covered in green fur, decides to stop Christmas from coming. He does this by dressing up like Santa Claus then proceeds to expropriate all of the presents, the Christmas tree, and the food for the Christmas feast among those observing the holiday.

Although not covered in green fur, Fidel Castro dressed in a green camouflage uniform throughout his dictatorial rule. He claimed to be a force of liberation, but in short order began expropriating everyone’s property, mass executions, and turned the country into a vast prison. In the case of Cuba children were familiar with the Three Kings, and propaganda murals portrayed Mr. Castro and other revolutionaries in that light.

The Independent (Ireland) in 2017 had Fidel Castro on the short list of Grinch like figures who were sworn enemies of Christmas, and there is reason for the comparison.

Fidel Castro canceled Christmas in 1969 under the pretext to prevent work shortages for the 1970 ten million ton sugar harvest but continued the ban through 1997. The Cuban dictator would send mobs to intimidate Cubans who attended religious services. Three Kings Day and Easter were also abolished.

Priests who stayed behind often paid a terrible price.

In 1976 the Castro dictatorship adopted a constitution which turned Cuba into an atheist state.

Unlike the Grinch, Fidel Castro did not restore Christmas due to a change of heart. It took 29 years and a Catholic Pope leveraging the old dictator.

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1 thought on “Fidel Castro: The Grinch who stole Cuba’s christmas”

  1. Well, evidently “His Holiness” Bergoglio understood the monster, just like he understood Evo Morales’s blasphemous crucifix and thus accepted it. Who are we to condemn the Bearded Bastard?

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