I could make well-reasoned arguments as to why socialism is idolatry. I could point out that socialism gives the state so much power, it more or less makes it the god of a country. I could point out that socialism looks to the Holy State as the Great Provider. I could point out that socialism in practice claims the State, not God, owns everything. It might let you keep something at its forbearance - and you had better be thankful for that – but do not even think about defending your so-called property against the State Almighty.
But I am tired this morning so I will simply present to you the Socialist Party of Venezuela.
"Our Chavez who art in heaven, the earth, the sea and we delegates," red-shirted delegate Maria Estrella Uribe recited on Monday at the PSUV party Congress.
"Hallowed be your name, may your legacy come to us so we can spread it to people here and elsewhere. Give us your light to guide us every day," she said in front of an image of Chavez.
"Lead us not into the temptation of capitalism, deliver us from the evil of the oligarchy, like the crime of contraband, because ours is the homeland, the peace and life forever and ever. Amen. Viva Chavez!" she exclaimed to applause.
Though Chavez died of cancer in March 2013, he remains omnipresent in Venezuela. His photo is plastered all over capital Caracas, state TV frequently airs excerpts of his famously lengthy speeches and supporters sometimes don earrings or pendants with an artistic black-and-white rendition of his eyes.