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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Chavez kicks evangelists out

Chavez really doesn't like americans, especially religious ones. It makes sense when you are a socialist to be this way, but damn if he doesn't give it his own spin of conspiracy crazy talk. He calls them CIA agents and colonialists. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered a U.S.-based Christian missionary group working with indigenous tribes to leave the country Wednesday, accusing the organization of “imperialist infiltration” and links to the CIA. Chavez said missionaries of the New Tribes Mission, based in Sanford, Fla., were no longer welcome during a ceremony in a remote Indian village where he presented property titles to several indigenous groups. “The New Tribes are leaving Venezuela. This is an irreversible decision that I have made,” Chavez said. “We don’t want the New Tribes here. Enough colonialism!” Colonialism? He accused the missionaries of building luxurious camps next to poor Indian villages and circumventing Venezuelan customs authorities as they freely flew in and out on private planes. The group is involved in “true imperialist infiltration, the CIA, they take away sensitive, strategic information,” Chavez said, without elaborating. “And on top of that, exploiting the Indians.” I love this guy. He makes me laugh.


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