Havana, Cuba. - Religious fundamentalism is not a religion nor a Christian denomination, but an attitude to society from subjective convictions.
When talking on the issue at the Roundtable TV program, Pablo Oden Marichal, professor at the Evangelical Seminary of Theology in Matanzas, explained that movement began in the seventeenth century in the United States, and then mixed with nationalist ideas until proposing that the United States is an exceptional nation.
All this made up a new American ideology, whose maximum representation is the Tea Party, Marichal pointed out. In this regard, Raul Suarez, from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center, remarked that in the northern country to say Evangelical is synonymous with fundamentalist, but in Cuba and the rest of Latin America it means to be a Protestant. Suarez pointed out the problem is that being a fundamentalist is to be identified with the ideology of the extreme right.
Theology of Terror In Latin America there are examples of how religious fundamentalism uses the Word of God to spread terror. Puerto Rican pastor Carmelo Alvarez, from the Disciples of Christ Seminary, recalled at the Roundtable that Guatemalan former dictator Efrain Rios said in a church that the blood that would be shed during his presidency was for the glory of God. In Guatemala they lived then a terrorism from faith with a State terrorism.
Regarding Cuba, Ofelia Perez, from the Center for Psychological and Sociological Research, said with the religious revitalization of the 90s they showed up some heterodox groups detached of Evangelical denominations and with influences from the United States churches. Most of these groups are characterized by the theory of prosperity and the search for personal gain in earthly life without having to wait to be at the beyond