This combo of three file photos shows Fidel Castro, from left; smoking a cigar in Havana, Cuba, April 29, 1961; speaking to the media while on a mission to collect Elian Gonzales in Washington, D.C., April 6, 2000; and at his Havana home on Feb. 13, 2016. The man who nationalized the Cuban economy and controlled virtually every aspect of life on the island celebrates his 90th birthday on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in a far different country than the one he ruled for decades. (AP Photos/Files)

Famed Christian Leaders React to Fidel Castro’s Death: ‘This Battle Isn’t Over’

A number of well-known Christian leaders have joined the chorus of reaction to the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, tweeted his sentiments on Saturday, writing, “Fidel Castro’s death should be a reminder to pray for freedom, including religious freedom, for the long-oppressed Cuban people.”

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Hispanic Evangelical Association, also released a statement proclaiming that, under Castro, Cuba was held “captive by totalitarianism.”

“The passing of the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro provides an opportunity for freedom and democracy to emerge in an island nation held captive by totalitarianism,” Rodriguez said, urging the public to pray for Cuba’s current leaders to respect the rights of the nation’s people, the Christian Post reported.

Others, like Franklin Graham, held little back in rebuking Castro’s worldview, with Graham candidly sharing his views on his Facebook page over the weekend.

“Fidel Castro has died at age 90. Loved by few, hated by millions, his communist revolution deposed a dictator, but ushered in a socialist police state that drove the entire Cuban nation into complete poverty and oppression,” he wrote. “And to think that Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representative Keith Ellison and others wanted socialism as a model for our country today! And why didn’t they win? God — that’s why.”



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