Cuba Bans Pastor From Church Leadership as Punishment for Homeschooling Children

The Cuban government has told Pastor Ramón Rigal, who is being punished for homeschooling his two children, that he is no longer allowed to work as a church leader. The pastor has instead been assigned a new job, checking if the water supply of local houses has any mosquitoes.

Officials in Guantanamo Province have told Pastor Rigal, of the Church of God in Cuba, that he is no longer permitted to work as a church leader, and that his new job is to check for mosquitoes in the water supply of local houses, according to the U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

In April, a Cuban court sentenced Pastor Rigal to to a year in prison, and his wife, Adya, to spend a year under house arrest.

Rigal said at the time that Cuban authorities used the three-hour trial more as a platform for denouncing alternatives to state education than as a venue for delivering justice.

However, the pastor’s sentence was later reduced to house arrest on the provision that his children return to state school in September. He has since been told he cannot work as a pastor. “This is a longstanding tactic of the government to ratchet up the pressure on church leaders and activists who are considered a ‘problem,'” CSW said.

“The punishment meted out to Pastor Ramon Rigal and his wife is unwarranted and places the family in undue hardship. We call on the Cuban authorities to repeal the sentences against the pastor and his wife, and to allow him to continue his work as a church leader,” CSW’s Senior Advocacy Officer for the Americas, Anna Lee Stangl, said.

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Source: Christian Post