Scientology front group United for Human Rights & Minister of Baptist Church in Cuba

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Scientology front group United for Human Rights and Minister of Baptist Church in Cuba

Note: Although the title of the Sec Check article refers to Scientology front group Youth for Human Rights, the underlying article refers to Scientology front group United for Human Rights. Then again, the banner in the photograph contains the words Youth for Human Rights.

In my experience Scientology front group Youth for Human Rights and Scientology front group United for Human Rights are the same or interchangeable. When youth or youth education is involved, Scientology front group Youth for Human Rights is used. In other situations the Scientology front group United for Human Rights is used.

As I argued in the thread Scientology front groups are expanding outside the United States, it appears that in may places, and particularly in the Third World, Scientology is positioning itself as standing in favor of human rights. The following story may also help Scientology's relationship with Baptist and other Christian churches.

Sec Check: Youth for Human Rights – Florida
https://seccheck.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/youth-for-human-rights-florida/

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The Tampa Tribune reported yesterday that Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso joined a march by Youth for Human Rights in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, FL. Rev. Barosso is a Baptist pastor of a church in Taguayabon, Cuba.

Lleonart Barroso was in Tampa as keynote speaker at a luncheon hosted by United for Human Rights, a Los Angeles-based education group. The luncheon celebrated the 66th anniversary of the signing at the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event was held inside the Church of Scientology’s Ybor City headquarters.

Gracia Bennish, United for Human Rights’ president and a member of the Church of Scientology, said the church publishes her organization’s materials but has no other link to it. Lleonart Barroso and his 16-member Cuban delegation will travel to Clearwater later in the week to visit the Church of Scientology center there. The significance of Scientology’s Tampa location in Ybor City was not lost on Lleonart Barroso.

Now the redeveloped Ybor Square, it was in the late 1800s the home to the V.M. Ybor Cigar Factory, where Cuban freedom fighter Jose Marti rallied workers to donate money to the militia that would free Cuba from colonialist Spain. Following the luncheon, he led a procession to the nearby Jose Marti Park honoring the Cuban patriot.


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Re: Scientology front group United for Human Rights & Minister of Baptist Church in C

The Church of Scientology and its front groups United for Human Rights and Youth for Human Rights are now involved in an issue that is hugely important to Christians and those who care about freedom of religion in Cuba.

This is major.

Please note that in the second picture Rev. Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso is holding a booklet produced by United for Human Rights and/or Youth for Human Rights.

Tampa Tribune: Pastor: Cuba will use new church as a tool
http://tbo.com/news/politics/pastor-cuba-will-use-new-church-as-a-tool-20141211/


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Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso marches with children through Ybor City this week. The minister has criticized the ruling regime in Cuba. JIM REED/STAFF

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By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff
Published: December 11, 2014 | Updated: December 11, 2014 at 06:57 AM

The recent news that St. Lawrence Catholic Church of Tampa won permission from the Cuban government to start building the first new Catholic Church in Cuba since it embraced communism in 1959 has many hoping for more religious freedom in the island nation.

But in a visit to Tampa this week, an outspoken religious leader who lives in Cuba advised people against getting their hopes up.

“Cuba uses religion to further politics,” said Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, a Baptist pastor of Ebenezer Church in Taguayabon, Cuba.

The Cuban government, Lleonart Barroso said, forces religious leaders to propagate its own message — that Communism works in the best interests of the people — along with the word of God. Religious leaders who say otherwise risk losing their churches.

So the new Catholic Church to be located in Sandino, he said, amounts to a new weapon for the Cuban government.

The Rev. Ramon Hernandez of St. Lawrence, who spoke with The Tampa Tribune recently about the drive to raise money for the church and his own upbringing in Cuba, could not be reached for comment Wednesday on this view of the government's motives in allowing him to proceed.

Lleonart Barroso was in Tampa as keynote speaker at a luncheon hosted by United for Human Rights, a Los Angeles-based education group.

The luncheon celebrated the 66th anniversary of the signing at the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The event was held inside the Church of Scientology's Ybor City headquarters.

Gracia Bennish, United for Human Rights' president and a member of the Church of Scientology, said the church publishes her organization's materials but has no other link to it.

Lleonart Barroso and his 16-member Cuban delegation will travel to Clearwater later in the week to visit the Church of Scientology center there.


The significance of Scientology's Tampa location in Ybor City was not lost on Lleonart Barroso.

Now the redeveloped Ybor Square, it was in the late 1800s the home to the V.M. Ybor Cigar Factory, where Cuban freedom fighter Jose Marti rallied workers to donate money to the militia that would free Cuba from colonialist Spain.

“This is beyond dreams to be here where Jose Marti was,” said Lleonart Barroso. “He is still an inspiration for a free Cuba.”

Following the luncheon, he led a procession to the nearby Jose Marti Park honoring the Cuban patriot.

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Re: Scientology front group United for Human Rights & Minister of Baptist Church in C

The Tobacco Industry has given up the battle for the US and the entire 'First World' decades ago. The future profits will be made in the developing world. Looks like the cult is doing the same. The poor people in those regions never get a break. First junk food and cigarettes, now Scientology. Pretty fucked up.
 

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Baptist Minister from Cuba & his group taking courses at Church of Scientology Tampa

Baptist Minister from Cuba and his group taking courses at Church of Scientology Tampa.

Sec Check: Update – Cuban Baptists
https://seccheck.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/update-cuban-baptists/

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An update to the Cuban Baptist minister who participated in a human rights march in Tampa this week. Rev. Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso and his group have been taking Scientology courses at the Tampa Org.

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This week we had the pleasure of hosting a number of Cuban pastors from the Baptist Church, who we invited to get educated about Human Rights. They attended a human rights conference on Wednesday, Flag Graduation on Friday and yesterday they all completed the Solutions for a Dangerous Environment Course at Tampa and today are all taking the Personal Efficiency Course seminar!! We are getting our fellow humanitarians hatted and equipped to help bring calmness and decency back to their homeland!!!


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