Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Che Guevara quote that incensed Miami’s Catholics

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio cribbed an infamous communist militant’s catchphrase during a speech to striking airline workers on Thursday. “¡Hasta la victoria siempre!” the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful proclaimed, which means: “Until victory, always.” These are the words Che Guevara spoke when he left Cuba to foster revolution in South America.

As expected, conservative media outlets went ballistic. “Fidel Castro’s right-hand man oversaw the murder of tens of thousands,” the New York Post’s editorial board noted. And Guevara had a special animus against Catholics. “I am not Christ,” Guevara once said, but “all the contrary of a Christ … I fight for the things I believe in, with all the weapons at my disposal and try to leave the other man dead so that I don’t get nailed to a cross or any other place.” He meant it. When Guevara ran the Cuban penal system, Catholic priests were routinely condemned to the gulags for no other crime than being a priest.

[Read more at the Catholic Herald.]

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