- May 13, 2010
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A conspicuous obscurity in modern Cuban history is the oppression of homosexuals under Fidel Castro, and unprecedented oppression at that. Samuel Farber notes, “The present Cuban government… has done more to promote homophobia than any regime in the country’s history.”6 Cuban gays jailed as 'pre-criminal social dangers'
Uncommon Sense: 6 Cuban gays jailed as 'pre-criminal social dangers'
November 04, 2009
The Castro dictatorship does not discriminate — all Cubans are subject to being sent to prison if they stray too far out of the mainstream, as defined by the regime, even if they do not commit a real crime.
Six Cuban homosexuals learned that this week when they were sentenced to prison terms of 2 to 3 years, after they were convicted of "pre-criminal social dangerousness," according to a Spanish gay rights group.
Like Tom Cruise in "Minority Report," the dictatorship apparently has the power to look into the future and determine who will commit a crime, so it locks them up before they can offend. Almost always, the "offenders" are Cubans opposed to the political, economic or other policies of the Castro dictatorship, which has no tolerance for opposition.
In the most recent case, their real "crime" — like that committed by all Cubans, gay or straight, labeled as "pre-criminal social dangers" — is that with their lifestyle, the six newly convicted Cubans have chosen to not conform with the "revolutionary ideal."
An ideal that for more than 50 years in Cuba, has demanded that all notions of individual freedom, including the right to sleep with whomever you want, be kept in the closet.