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Whose Civil Society?: The Politicization of Religion in Transitional Cuba

Author(s): Kathleen A. Tobin

Journal: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
ISSN 1583-0039

Volume: 3;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 76;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: United States | Cuba | politics | civil society | Catholic | religion | Church | Fidel Castro | George Bush

For decades, the United States has supported the development of civil society in various places around the world. Promoted as integral to democracy, civil society projects have come to include religion and religious freedom as significant components. U.S. experts point to tolerance of all faiths and the presence of voluntary religious association as essential checks to state power and necessary to a free society. Because of its unique relationship with Cuba, the United States support of civil society there has addressed religion in a way unlike that in other countries. This article examines very recent developments there, placing them in larger social and historical context of politics and church/state relations.
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