On Tuesday, UPI reported that Venezuela socialists have rewritten the Lord's Prayer during what was called an "ideology workshop" conducted this week by the Socialist Party United for Venezuela. The new prayer now features former strongman Hugo Chavez.
According to UPI, the invocation, called "The Delegate's Prayer," was introduced Monday by Representative María Uribe. The new prayer begins: "Our Chavez who art in heaven, on earth, in the sea and in us the representatives, Hallowed be Thy Name."
"Thy legacy come," the prayer continues. "So we can bring it to towns here and there."
"Lead us not into the temptation of capitalism," the prayer adds. "And deliver us from the evil of the oligarchy, like the felony of contraband, because the mother land is ours, and so is peace and life. Forever and Ever, Amen." The prayer concludes: "Long Live Chavez."
The Latin Times said the prayer was recited after singers and poets dedicated their work to the now-deceased leader. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said the socialist revolution in Venezuela is at a stage where “the formation of values is increasingly required.”
“When we ask ourselves which values we should form and where we should form those values, there is a single answer," he said. "We should form those values in the streets, fighting every day, creating, constructing and making a revolution.”
Breitbart.com said the nation is painstakingly replacing traditional Christianity with what it called "blind worship" of Chavez. Frances Martel said the regime is "filling the streets of Caracas with murals" and teaching children that worshiping the former dictator would bring "supreme happiness."
The deification of Chavez, Martel added, started shortly after his death. Maduro, for example, once claimed Chavez gave him guidance while taking the form of a bird.
Meanwhile, Martel added, peaceful protesters have been beaten, tortured and raped while in prison. According to public defender Gabriela Ramírez, there are some 44 lawsuits against the regime for torture and deaths. Ramirez justified the attacks by telling El Universal that "torture makes sense."