This week, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and U.S. Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) are hosting a briefing on Capitol Hill by six so-called Cuban "religious leaders" in order to attack U.S. policy.
Except these "religious leaders" are -- in fact -- Castro regime officials, who represent the state's Cuban Council of Churches ("CCC").
The CCC is the Castro regime's official network of churches and "religious" organizations. It is a branch of the Communist Party's Office of Religious Affairs, which controls all religious activity on the island.
Below is a video (or click here) of the head of the Cuban Communist Party's Office of Religious Affairs, Caridad Diego, explaining how the regime planned to persecute churches or religious organizations not affiliated and controlled by the CCC.
The "religious leaders" hosted by Flake/McGovern are all Protestant. Yet, they won't tell you that the CCC represents only a small minority of Protestants on the island, for most Cuban Protestants prefer to face repression than be affiliated with the Castro regime.
Flake/McGovern also won't tell you that of the six so-called "religious leaders" they are hosting, four (Arce, Yi, Gonzalez, and Suarez) signed a letter in 2003 justifying the Castro regime's imprisonment of independent journalists, union leaders and democracy activists during the infamous "Black Spring" crackdown.
Who are these so-called "religious leaders" hosted by Flake/McGovern?
-- Rev. Joel Ortega DoPico is the current President of the Castro regime's CCC.
-- Bishop Griselda Delgado is a Bolivian national who moved to Cuba in the 1980s due to her support of the Cuban Revolution. She's a central figure in the Castro regime's propaganda campaign for the release Cuban spies imprisoned in the U.S.
-- Rev. Dr. Reinerio Arce is the former President of the Castro regime's CCC.
-- Rev. Raúl Suárez is a personal friend of Cuban dictators Fidel and Raul Castro, and a former member of the regime's National Assembly, who since the 1980s has been traveling the world proclaiming there is "absolute religious freedom in Cuba."
-- Pastor María Yi is current Vice-President of the Castro regime's CCC. Also a central figure in the propaganda campaign to release Cuban spies.
-- Rev. Rhode González is another former President of the CCC and longtime regime apologist.
And there you have it.
So why aren't Flake/McGovern hosting any independent religious leaders, or the victims of religious persecution in Cuba?
Maybe they won't like what they hear.
In case they missed it, here are 30 questions independent Cuban Protestant Church leaders recently posed to the Castro regime.
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