Skip to comments.Hugo Chavez looks to God as cancer clouds future
Posted on 05/07/2012 2:17:18 PM PDT by Mr. K
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has spent much of his career praising the socialist ideas of famed atheists such as Karl Marx and Fidel Castro. Now in the thick of a prolonged battle against cancer, however, the leftist leader is drawing inspiration from a spiritual leader: Jesus Christ.
Chavez has been praying for divine intervention during increasingly infrequent appearances on television, holding up a crucifix while vowing to overcome his illness. He says living with cancer has made him "more Christian," talk that has spurred speculation that cancer might cut short his bid for re-election in October.
Chavez's voice cracked with emotion as he bade farewell to aides and supporters in Caracas on April 30 before leaving for what he said would be his final round of cancer treatment in Cuba.
"I'm sure our Christ will do it again, continuing making the miracle," Chavez said as he raised his cross to his lips and kissed it, prompting applause from an audience of aides.
If Chavez survives cancer, political analysts say his increasing religiosity could pay election-year dividends in a country where Catholicism remains influential.
"Given that he cannot hide the illness, but he can hide its characteristics and danger, he's decided to take as much advantage of it as he can, and one advantage is the symbolic and religious issue," said Luis Vicente Leon, a Venezuelan pollster and analyst. "He'll present himself as the chosen one, the man who has been cured and healed by the Lord to continue governing the country."
The president has alternated between emotional fragility and optimism in public, mentioning God and Jesus nearly every time he shows up on TV.
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Oh wait- no they don't: DIE already you P.O.S!!!
What’s that they say about the last refuge of a scoundrel?
No atheists in foxholes.
He can look for God all he wants ....
Trouble is, where he’s going, he’s not likely to find Him.
It would be funny if he slipped in the shower and died.
Some people may be fooled by his claim but I’m not.And *far* more importantly,*God* isn’t.I suspect that he’s gonna spend eternity with the smell of sulfur in his nostrils and it looks like “eternity” is right around the corner for him...courtesy of THE CUBAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM!
Latin American Communists are NOT atheists. Most Latin American Communists are Catholics. Communism derives its support from Catholics. For example, Michael Moore is not an atheist but a Catholic. Nothing surprising here.
Can we expect the American version of this in the upcoming months?
you mean the god’ with 2 horns and a pitchfork? keep praying, bud
Trouble in your life?.....just pull God out of the closet, cause it’s time to believe!......../sarc
Of course God isn’t fooled, He knows what will happen and when. I imagine God knew all about this before Chavez was even born.
I'm not sure I believe in pre-destination...I was always taught that God accepts,and is gladdened by,*genuine* deathbed conversions or repentance.
Doesn’t God know when and how we will die and what is in our hearts? On top of that, God cannot be wrong, can He?
Heh, I almost used the pineapple reference in the last Hugo thread. Gotta love the French maid outfit on ol’ Adolf.
it’s REAL hard to find sympathy for Senore’ Hugo.
Just hoping he’s a suffering but since he is in charge of so much contraband narcotics, i do not think he is suffering enough.
Libs see the title of the article and think he’s looking for Obama...
You never know. Paul was a ruthless persecutor of the early church, and then became its greatest leader. I have no way of knowing if Chavez is sincere or not, but a sovereign God can and will do whatever He wants to do. This kind of thing make one go “Hmmm...”
Die you ugly fat bastard. the sooner the better.
Let’s get on with it and re-distribute his organs.