(Tea Party 247) – The communist nation of Cuba has been caught “torturing” an imprisoned homeschooling father and pastor and it’s up to Americans to urge Congress to pass a resolution condemning the communist regime, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).
HSLDA’s senior counsel and director of global outreach, Mike Donnelly, says that Pastor Ramon Rigal and his wife, Ayda, were imprisoned last year for refusing to send their children to state school and instead educating them at home.
Donnelly pointed to the United Nations Convention against Torture which Cuba signed in the 1990’s. The agreement prohibits government officials from inflicting physical or mental suffering on a person in an attempt to obtain something. Cuban officials are torturing Rigal in an effort to force him to renounce his Christian faith and homeschooling.
“In this case, it appears Cuban officials are trying to extract a pledge from Pastor Rigal to comply with laws that force children to attend state schools. They apparently wish to make an example of him because of his influence as a pastor,” Donnelly said.
WND goes on to report:
But Pastor Rigal and others initially resisted sending their children to state school because they did not want their students indoctrinated in Marxist ideology – which is founded on militant atheism.
Punishing Pastor Rigal for wanting to convey religious values to his family, then, comprises a double violation of basic rights which Cuba promised to uphold in other international protocols.
Donnelly said he wants to see Congress pass Senate Resolution 215, which calls for greater religious and political freedoms in Cuba.
Donnelly said Americans can encourage members of Congress to pass the resolution by signing an online petition.
Rigal and his wife were jailed last year shortly after fellow homeschoolers Golquis Almaguer and his wife were also imprisoned for homeschooling.
“I have heard from several people who are close to these families that Pastor Rigal is being denied food and other necessities. Officials are also mistreating his mother and other relatives,” Donnelly said.
He was told the state security officers are confiscating medicine for the pastor’s mother and threatening family members who go to visit him in jail.
“They are doing this … to get him to renounce his faith and his commitment to educating his children as Christians at home. Tell me this isn’t psychological torture,” Donnelly said.
“What really angers friends of Pastor Rigal, however, is how officials are retaliating against him through the use of punitive restrictions. ‘Ramón is only allowed one visit a month,’ one of them told me. ‘We are simple, hardworking people who just want to bring him a little coffee, food and toilet articles. We have to save up a lot to afford these things that the state denies him.’”
Yet, “Democratic Socialists” think this won’t happen here in the United States. Just a little socialism is all they want. They have no clue that just a little socialism is how it all starts. This will be the future of American Christians should “Democratic Socialists” ever have their way.
Let’s hope Congress acts quickly and can intervene on behalf of Rigal and his family. Never take for granted the freedoms we enjoy here in America.