Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cuba Is Not On the 2015 World Watch List of Countries Where Christians Are Most Persecuted


Nope. Communist Cuba is not on this list. Its political twin North Korea tops the list, and present are many of the usual suspects from the Islamic world. There are two Latin American countries represented on the list. I won't have you guess because these two countries are absolutely the last that you or anyone would guess: Colombia (35th) and Mexico (38th). Colombia ranks just above Algeria and below Tunisia. Mexico ranks above Malaysia and below Oman. China (29th) is almost in their league. And far more tolerant of Christians than Colombia and Mexico are: Mali; Turkey; Kazakhstan; Bangladesh; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Azerbaijan; Indonesia; Mauritania; United Arab Emirates; and Kuwait. Yes, all these Muslim countries are more tolerant of Christianity than Colombia and Mexico with their super majorities of  Christians!


But this is a Cuban blog, and what concerns us most is that the only country in Latin America that actively persecutes Christians is not listed among the Top-Fifty Worst Offenders, and if that were not bad enough Cuba's exclusion from the Open Doors Watch List implies that whatever religious persecution may exist there does not exceed or even approach that which Colombia and Mexico are supposedly guilty of, which is tantamount to saying that there is no persecution of Christians qua Christians in Cuba.


2015 Open Doors World Watch List Ranking of 50 Countries Where Persecution of Christians for Religious Reasons Is Most Severe

5 comments:

Vana said...

Manuel:

Why am I not surprised, everyone gives the Cuban monarchs a pass, Cuba should have been listed right under North Korea, I have recently read about some Catholic pesecution in Mexico, though it seems to be localised to some areas, Mexico has always been so devout that it is surprising they made the list.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Vana:

No two countries in Latin America — perhaps no two countries in the world — are more devoutly Christian than Colombia or Mexico. The other (mostly Muslim) countries on that list all persecute Christian minorities. In Mexico and Colombia, the overwhelming majority of the population is Christian as are their respective leaders.

Communist Cuba is the only country in the Western Hemisphere where a majority Christian population is persecuted by a minority atheistic regime, yet it is not on the list of countries where Christians are most persecuted. How, then, can we explain Colombia and Mexico's inclusion on that list and Cuba's no less puzzling exclusion?

I can only surmise that it is because in Mexico the Christian drug lords kidnap and murder Christian victims, and in Colombia the Christian FARC guerrillas kidnap and murder Christian politicians. Since everybody is Christian, all violence (and hence persecution) in both countries is directed at Christians (by fellow Christians).

The fact that the victims are not persecuted because they are Christians, nor the fact that the governments of Mexico and Colombia do not condone such persecution on religious grounds, is not enough to keep them off the list because, numerically speaking, more Christians are murdered in Colombia and Mexico than elsewhere in the region.

By that rationale, however, the United States should also be on that list since most murders committed in this country also conform to the paradigm of Christian on Christian violence (and hence persecution).

Vana said...

Manuel:

Ok I'm puzzled, if you kill Christians in a Christian country you should not be on the list, you are not killing them because of their religion, therefore is not persecution, at least that's my point of view, really Mexico and Colombia should have not made the list, Cuba should have been there since it is basically an atheist country.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Vana:

I'm puzzled, too, but, as you correctly intuited, the compilers of this list had an agenda: certain countries, such as Cuba, could not be on it; and other countries, such as China, had to be listed near the bottom rather than at the top where they rightly belonged. Numerically speaking, of course, if one takes that as the chief criterion for judging the extent of persecution, Communist China should be listed even above North Korea (as it is China ranks 29th on the list).

In order to exclude Cuba, it was necessary to minimize its abuses by maximizing those of Colombia and Mexico. This was accomplished through the strange rationale which I have already explained. A persecuted person's religion was accounted in any and all cases as the reason for his persecution, when, in any and all cases, it was not.

For Cubans, such is the way of the world. Even the innocent must stand in the dock and be convicted before the manifest guilt of the Castro regime is ever exposed let alone punished.

Arthur Roshkovski said...

It is hard to believe why Cuba is missing from the list, I will send e-mail to Open Doors to find out. Here is recent article "Cuban Government Orders Church Demolitions"

http://www.csw.org.uk/2015/12/01/press/2888/article.htm