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Chavez's legacy gains religious glow in Venezuela
Associated Press ^ | 3-30-2013 | JACK CHANG

Posted on 03/30/2013 7:29:53 PM PDT by haffast

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Holding a Bible in her arms at the start of Holy Week, seamstress Maria Munoz waited patiently to visit the tomb of the man she considers another savior of humanity.

The 64-year-old said she had already turned her humble one-bedroom house into a shrine devoted to the late President Hugo Chavez, complete with busts, photos and coffee mugs bearing his image. Now, she said, her brother-in-law was looking for a larger house to display six boxes' worth of Chavez relics that her family has collected throughout his political career.

"He saved us from so many politicians who came before him," Munoz said as tears welled in her eyes. "He saved us from everything."

Chavez's die-hard followers considered him a living legend on a par with independence-era hero Simon Bolivar well before his March 5 death from cancer. In the mere three weeks since, however, Chavez has ascended to divine status in this deeply Catholic country as the government and Chavistas build a religious mythology around him ahead of April 14 elections to pick a new leader.

Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, has led the way, repeatedly calling the late president "the redeemer Christ of the Americas" and describing Chavistas, including himself, as "apostles."

Maduro went even further after Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis earlier this month. Maduro said Chavez had advised Jesus Christ in heaven that it was time for a South American pope.

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"They're fast-tracking the mythification," Acosta-Alzuru said of the government. "Sometimes I feel that Venezuelan politics has become a big church. Sometimes I feel it has become a big mausoleum."

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Such rhetoric has upset some religious leaders and drawn the reproach of Venezuela's top Roman Catholic official, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, on the eve of the Easter holidays.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: catholic; maduro; savino; socialist
Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, has led the way, repeatedly calling the late president "the redeemer Christ of the Americas" and describing Chavistas, including himself, as "apostles."


1 posted on 03/30/2013 7:29:53 PM PDT by haffast
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To: haffast

I for one am truly pleased that the evil bastard is dead .. karma would dictate that it was reeeeally painful.


2 posted on 03/30/2013 7:31:58 PM PDT by tomkat ( .. I repeat it, sir, let it come)
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To: haffast

3 posted on 03/30/2013 7:32:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: haffast

Low information voter, Venezuela style.


4 posted on 03/30/2013 7:33:00 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: haffast

You mean all I have to do is steal billions from the poor and they’ll worship me ?


5 posted on 03/30/2013 7:38:33 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: haffast
I wonder if Maria Munoz knows that when El Commandante Pocito was worth about $10,000 when he assumed office and died with a net worth of a billion (plus).Of if she'd care if she did know.
6 posted on 03/30/2013 7:38:34 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: haffast

People are just f’ing stupid.


7 posted on 03/30/2013 7:41:21 PM PDT by Clock King
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To: haffast
Give Chavez a plastic head and cover his bones in a dress. Pop that in a glass box. Write a song "Don't cry for me Venezuela" and peddle comprehensive tour packages that take you to his favorite balcony for speaking to mobs of his followers,

If the Nazis could have Juan Peron and Evita certainly the Commies can have that all wrapped up in a single package of ass-less wonderment.

8 posted on 03/30/2013 7:42:55 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: haffast
Chavez was worshiped by many and for many different reasons.


9 posted on 03/30/2013 7:45:17 PM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: haffast

So Chavez, Obama, and Kim Jong Un are the three collectivist saviours of the world?


10 posted on 03/30/2013 7:47:18 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: BenLurkin

That stupid bunny hop he does when hopping down the steps of AF1 is about as lame looking as it gets.


11 posted on 03/30/2013 7:47:59 PM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: haffast
Stalin was worshiped by a small group of Russian and western Communists. Kim and sons in Korea demanded to be worshiped. Fidel Castro demanded to be worshiped. So did Pol Pot. So did Hitler. So did Obama.

This article is just further evidence that the government controls the media in Venezuela. The phony stories about Chavez being religious are obediently repeated by the government controlled media.

12 posted on 03/30/2013 7:54:08 PM PDT by detective
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To: South40

Our nation’s Chief Executives keep getting more and more pathetic.

The future stinks.


13 posted on 03/30/2013 8:04:15 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

I agree. Things really went down hill after Reagan. Clinton took it into the gutter.


14 posted on 03/30/2013 8:07:32 PM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: BenLurkin

“The future stinks.”

Depends on the time frame. I do believe that what is right will eventually endure, but history and justice do not occur on the same time scale as human life. We are lucky when our lives occur during good times. Historically, that’s not always the case.


15 posted on 03/30/2013 8:11:45 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: haffast

Where's my Chavez Phone?

16 posted on 03/30/2013 8:17:23 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: haffast

I have to admit that I wouldn’t mind having a reliquary box with Ugo’s skull in it.


17 posted on 03/30/2013 8:24:19 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: tomkat

Insanity. What else can you say?


18 posted on 03/30/2013 8:28:01 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: haffast

A Bible in her arms, and a shrine to Chavez. One might think the people around her should be a little wary of lightning strikes.


19 posted on 03/30/2013 9:17:07 PM PDT by Mark17 (My body is in California, but my heart is in the Philippines)
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To: Slyfox
WAY WAY way to funny SYLF. YOU just did it...son.. you have won the Jimsin First Prize Chicken Dinner AWARD. A coveted prize bestowed only on Men like you whose posts represent the highest pinnacle of Conservative Thought. Posts which reach up far and away and above and beyond the call of Conservative Culture....Bless you lad, keep up the good work; we will be looking for even greater contributions from you keyboard going forward. (and I ain't kiddin')


20 posted on 03/30/2013 9:18:40 PM PDT by jimsin
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To: Clock King

Too stupid to feed themselves and too ignorant to learn how.


21 posted on 03/30/2013 9:32:18 PM PDT by soycd
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To: muawiyah

Gee, Lenin’s in a box. Ho Chi Minh is a wax box puppet).
Kim Il Slong is probably in one (and his son should join him soon). Then we put Chavez in a Cracker Jack Box with that helfer leaning over his coffin.

That leaves Fidel, after he is deflea-ded, and our fearless leader.

We could cover them all up, shuffle them around a room, and play “Guess which communist is under THIS cover”.

It could be called “The Communist Shuffle Game”. And the winner is .....

PS: Francisco Franco is still dead.


22 posted on 03/31/2013 12:56:08 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: jimsin
I would like to thank the Academy...
23 posted on 03/31/2013 9:11:35 AM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
PS: Francisco Franco is still dead.

Don't lump a great man, who saved Spain from Communism, like Franco in with those Commie dictators.

24 posted on 03/31/2013 9:21:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Slyfox
I would like to thank the Academy...

Go in peace my good man and pray for us....
25 posted on 03/31/2013 6:35:14 PM PDT by jimsin
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