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Uncle Ugo is at it again. If opposition, especially be it the Church, deems your less than sterling desire to take over the State, on a permanent basis, then simply label the curators of moral behaviour to be "Morally Unacceptable". Of course, with the left, of which atheism is the norm, the definition of 'morality' is relative, as the article points out.

Quote:Chavez flays Catholic leaders
22/10/2007 15:59 - (SA)

Caracas - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez slammed the nation's Roman Catholic Church leadership as "morally unacceptable" late on Sunday for criticizing his proposal to rewrite the constitution to scrap term limits.

Chavez's reform plan, which voters are expected to approve in a December referendum, also includes allowing security forces to detain citizens without charge during political "emergencies" or major natural disasters.

Church leaders on Friday issued a strongly-worded statement accusing Chavez of seeking to concentrate power with an "authoritarian" proposal to overhaul the OPEC nation's constitution that he helped rewrite in 1999.

Bishops 'make us ashamed'

"They say the reform is morally unacceptable - they are morally unacceptable," Chavez said in a government press release sent out on Sunday night. "Those bishops that we have make us ashamed."

Polls show Chavez will likely win the referendum because the proposal also includes popular moves such as shortening the workday and extending social security benefits to street vendors as part of a drive to build a socialist state.

The Church is one of the few respected, independent institutions in Venezuela and has repeatedly criticized his leftist policies and called on him to tone down his often aggressive rhetoric since he took power in 1999.

In response, Chavez, who remains popular due to his spending of oil income on the poor, portrays them as elitists who backed a failed coup against him in 2002.

Venezuelans are overwhelmingly Roman Catholic, but generally practice their faith less than their counterparts in other Latin American countries such as Mexico or Brazil.

I bring this up, at such a convenient time because just last week the topic of religion and morality was raised by one or more of our resident 'militant' atheists here at Jane. I pointed out that the Church, by default, had assumed the mantle of the repository of human moral ideals, for a reason. Naturally, my opinion was challenged.

But the truth is that moral conduct is a set of practical values that have been set down, hand in hand, with religious practice. In fact, religion has always been part and parcel one and the same.

And Uncle Ugo's sterling example is what can be expected when Collectivist application meets traditional resistence, and attempts to show that morals, like the US Constitution, are being played by "Living" rules. Consequently, to the left this means "Whenever, and Whatever we wish it to be."
Unfortunately,Venezuelans,while largely Catholic,are about like most American Christians,they don't much care. So,the bishop's protests don't resonate there like they would in say Mexico.

Of course you're right on Uncle Hugo,he's playing the Marxist role of god,what else is new?
Quite clever, to mix "goodies for the populace" with a huge change in the nature of government. I suspect the Venezuelans are not used to reading the fine print.