NGOs, religion, and subversion


MIAMI – Like the tentacles of an octopus, innocent-looking organizations extend throughout the world to destroy the sovereignty of nations.

Created in 1977 in England, Christian Solidarity Worldwide looks peaceful enough not to resemble an entity of old imperialism, but its political behavior – forever defending alleged minorities – lends itself to meddling of a new kind.

According to its director for Latin America, Anna Lee, the purpose of CSW is “to influence the legislation, politics and behavior of governments throughout the world.”

With much experience in Vietnam, China, North Korea, Iran and Myanmar [Burma], this organization has now directed its eyes toward Cuba. Some weeks ago, TV-Martí broadcast a homemade video made by a purported religious leader who, barricaded in a building in Camagüey, faces the indignation of his neighbors because of the anti-Cuban and subversive signs posted on the façade of his building, a structure he occupies illegally.

We can assume that this gentleman is trying to politicize his problem with the law to profit from the resulting scandal and keep the building. What’s difficult to understand is, what is Christian Solidarity Worldwide doing by meddling into Cuba’s internal problems (as it is doing) by exploiting a civil incident that only concerns the Cuban judicial system?

In Cuba (no longer an atheistic state), religious freedoms are practiced vigorously. “Houses of worship,” self-proclaimed ministers and sects of every kind have proliferated there. On occasion, the songs and expressions of jubilation rise past the walls and boundaries of the churches and invade the air space of neighbors who don’t necessarily share the same beliefs.

Regulations are needed to restore civic order, prevent chaos, and keep some scoundrels from taking advantage of the new standards to gain impunity in the courts. Above all, it is necessary to protect the collective rights of Cuban nationals from the NGOs abroad, which are trying to undermine the sovereign right of Cubans to govern themselves as they see fit.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide bankrolled a trip to Washington by Cuban dissident Mario Félix Lleonart so he could meet with aides to Senator Marco Rubio. I wonder, would CSW come to Miami to defend the rights of a religious homeless man who occupied a house made vacant by the banking laws? We know that its political agenda does not permit that.

The social systems attacked by these NGOs always are in countries that defend their sovereignty and, although the rights of human beings are fragile the world round and religious minorities are mistreated everywhere, the NGOs are following the path of subversion to incorporate a religious element into nonreligious conflicts as a way of inventing artificial problems that later can justify their existence and actions.

Cubans, whose national rights are in perfect harmony with international law, don’t need organizations that were not elected by anyone to assign themselves rights inside the island that Cuban civilian society does not grant them.

The rich nations should (but don’t) respect the sovereignty of small nations, and the concealed tentacles of a covert type of imperialism are a new challenge to all people of good conscience.