Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cuban Church Condemns Gay Rights Day March

There is no officially recognized gay organization in Cuba except the Catholic Church, and its leaders, most of whom are closet cases, are no friends of extending homosexual rights beyond their clique. When any soul, regardless of extraneous factors, raises his voice in demand of his human rights in Communist Cuba, he becomes a pariah and a target. The Church, if it will not plead for his rights, should at least refrain from joining the lynch mob gathering around him. But the hierarchs of the Cuban Church, who have witnessed passively and sometimes complicitly the destruction of civil society in Cuba, have raised their voices for the first time in 50 years in condemnation of a group of Cubans who desired nothing more and nothing less than to assert the right to be themselves in a public forum. A Church which has never condemned the regime's intolerance beckons it now to be more not less intolerant!

It is not the homosexual lifestyle that is the issue, but the reaction of the island's henchmen to that lifestyle. The Church's appeal to the Communist authorities to stop the peaceful protest provided them with the necessary cover to do so. Apologists for the regime will no doubt claim that in cancelling the march the regime succumbed to pressure from the Church, which in this respect, at least -- to frame the argument for them -- represents the reactionary thought and tendencies in Cuban society which the Revolution has fought but not entirely defeated since they are so ingrained in the Cuban character. Hence they will contend that it is not Castro who is principally to blame for the suppression of the Gay Rights March but the intolerant and homophobic Cuban people.

If the Gay Rights Day March had been allowed to proceed it would have been a great propaganda coup for the regime and its defiance of the Church's appeal to stop it would have been cited as proof of its greater openness and tolerance. But, of course, the regime could not allow such a public demonstration even if doing so rebounded to its favor as yet another instance of Raúl's so-called "reforms."

Why?

Because it would have constituted an actual reform as opposed to a sham one.

Had the gays been allowed to march theirs would have been the first non-official public demonstration in Cuba since the statue of Our Lady of Charity was carried in procession from one end of the island to the other in January 1960, the first and last gasp of the church militant in Cuba before submitting to the new Communist order. Perhaps church officials did not wish to be reminded of the role that the church forfeited in the life of the nation to preserve their isolated privileges and prerogatives, including their right to practice sodomy without retribution.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Manuel are you guy?

Vana said...

So the Cuban pedophile, homosexual Catholic church went against the gay march, you believe it was the church Manuel? when has the regime listened to the church? or anyone else for that matter, maybe it just got blamed on the church.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Vana:

The Church, for the first time in nearly 50 years, spoke out against something in Cuba.

Was it any of the millions of abuses that Castro has committed in those 50 years?

No.

The Church spoke out to urge the regime to stop a human rights march.

The fact that the march was on behalf of gay rights is only significant insofar as it highlights even more the hypocrisy of the Cuban Church.

Any society which tolerates gay rights will likely tolerate the rights of everybody else.

Anonymous said...

WTF? Didn't the Vatican state that homosexuality is not a sin?

Manuel, how adept you are in synthesizing the issue with eloquent words. I laughed at your statement "There is no officially recognized gay organization in Cuba except the Catholic Church" in spite of myself.

Their hypocrisy is evil. Plain evil.

Squathole said...

Admit it, Manny. You're guy, like the first comment says. Guy! Guy!

Alex Hernandez said...

Manuel are you guy? hahahaha. Someone need to go back to grammar school. Hmmm... maybe someone needs to write correct english. Use Google, dude...DICTIONARY.COM. Obviously, english is your second language. lol GUY,GUY,GUY


And yea, we know who you are...lol

Alex Hernandez said...

You Mean Guy Lombardi...Lol We know Manuel is a GUY...yes he is. Are you a GUY? lol

Vana said...

Manuel:
You are right as always, it would have been the first march that has nothing to do with the regime, guess the Castro's want to impress Rome.

charlie papa said...

Alex are you a closeted NY guy?

I saw your picture where you use light red lipstick

Alex Hernandez said...

closeted? Lol...Oh, sorry No happily Married, thank you for asking enrique Rubio.But you in the other Hand, is a different story. I hear you like to chase GUYS in speedo with big bulges.

Alex Hernandez said...

Nice Article Manuel very True.

serafin el carnicero said...

Alex porque te pones siempre tan putita y chivatona cuando Charlie Papa te suena duro

Que te hizo en Nostalgia?

lol

Manuel che che chea said...

Manny without Fantomas this blog sucks

Fulano de Cal said...

En recuerdo:

New York, December 7, 1990

Dear friends:

Due to my delicate state of health and to the terrible emotional depression it causes me not to be able to continue writing an struggling for the freedom of Cuba, I am ending my life. During the past few years even though I felt very ill, I have been able to finish my literary work, to which I have devoted almost thirty years. You are the heirs of all my terrors, but also of my hope that Cuba will soon be free. I am satisfied to have contributed, though in a very small way, to the triumph of this freedom. I end my life voluntarily because I cannot continue working. Persons near me are in no way responsible for my decision. There is only one person I hold accountable: Fidel Castro. The sufferings of exile, the pain of being banished from my country, the loneliness, and the diseases contracted in exile would probably never have happened if I had been able to enjoy freedom in my country.

I want to encourage the Cuban people out of the country as well as on the island to continue fighting for freedom. I do not want to convey to you a message of defeat but of continued struggle and of hope.

Cuba will be free. I already am

Reinaldo Arenas