Raphael Warnock Embraced Castro, Hosted Him at “Lovefest” in NYC Church


ATLANTA – Raphael Warnock has spent decades embracing radical, far-left, anti-American people and policies. One of the most shocking examples came in 1995, when as a pastor at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, Warnock warmly welcomed Fidel Castro to his church for a “lovefest” in Castro’s honor. Fidel Castro, the brutal Communist Dictator of Cuba responsible for the mass genocide of thousands of his people, received the red-carpet treatment from Warnock’s church – all while Warnock was a pastor there.

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“Raphael Warnock celebrating Fidel Castro and welcoming him to his church is just the latest example in a long line of his radical, far-left, socialist positions,” said Communications Director Stephen Lawson. “Georgians need someone like Kelly Loeffler who has a record of results creating jobs and opportunities for hardworking families – not a radical socialist who cozies up to brutal dictators.”

This jarring embrace of the far-left and its dangerous agenda is just the latest example of Warnock’s radical ideology. He defended Jeremiah Wright’s “God Damn America” Sermon, even calling Wright a “prophet.” Warnock called police officers “gangsters,” “thugs,” and “bullies,” and he opposes the death penalty in all cases – even for convicted cop-killers – calling it the “final failsafe of white supremacy.” He even likened Israel to an “oppressive regime,” comparing it to “apartheid South Africa.” It’s obvious: Raphael Warnock is too radical for Georgia.


Raphael Warnock Was a “Youth Pastor” and “Assistant Pastor” at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York City from 1991 to 2001. “During the 1992 Democratic Convention in New York City, he coordinated, under the auspices of Clergy and Laity Concerned (CALC) and the Abyssinian Church, an alternative People’s Convention, in memory of Fannie Lou Hamer, the Mississippi sharecropper who told the nation in 1968 she was ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired.'” (Press Kit, Web Archive, Ebenezer Baptist Church)

Raphael Warnock was identified as a pastor at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. In 1997, the New York Times identified Warnock as “The Rev. Raphael Warnock, assistant pastor at Abyssinian, one of Harlem’s leading churches.” (“2 Well-Known Churches Say No to Workfare Jobs,” New York Times, August 4, 1997)

In 1995, Abyssinian Baptist Church—where Warnock was a Pastor—Hosted Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro for an Event Following Castro’s Appearance at the U.N. – Complete with “Thunderous Applause,” Chants of “Fidel! Fidel! Fidel!” and Cheers of “Viva Cuba!” (HARLEM WARMLY EMBRACES CASTRO, New York Times, 10/23/95)

Calvin Butts—the Head Pastor and Warnock’s Boss—Welcomed Castro by saying “We have one of the great leaders of the world with us today.” Abyssinian Church Reverend Calvin Butts followed Mealy. Butts said of Castro, “We have one of the great leaders of the world with us today” which was followed by chants of “Fidel!” (Fidel Castro Speech, C-SPAN, 19:40, 10/22/95)

Miami Herald Columnist Liz Balmaseda Blasted the Abyssinian Church “Lovefest” by Stating “Castro’s Fans Blindly Ignore the Devil He Is.” (Liz Balmaseda Column, “Castro’s fans blindly ignore the devil he is,” Miami Herald, 10/25/95)

###Stephen LawsonCommunications [email protected]