Art prof equates Che the 'martyr' with Jesus the Messiah

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Che Guevara (black on red)A former UCLA art history professor recently gave a presentation comparing the similarities between Jesus Christ and the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara.

According to Campus Reform, the April 4 presentation by David Kunzle was mostly attended by faculty and staff. During the seminar, the professor emeritus described Guevara as a "quasi-divine cosmic force" while stating Jesus was "leader of an armed guerilla struggle" against Rome.

Christian commentator Dr. Janice Crouse says Kunzel's postulate is ridiculous.

"I'm tempted to laugh at it," she responds. "For crying out loud – to compare Jesus to a bloodthirsty guy like [Che Guevara]? I mean he was a thug, he was a murderer, he killed people seemingly randomly."

Guevara, an Argentinian, is known primarily as a key figure in the Cuban revolution of 1959. A confidant of Fidel Castro, Guevara played a major role in bringing to trial – and ultimately the execution of – several hundred officials with the government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista.

Crouse, Janice (CWA)During his presentation, Kunzle reportedly showed Guevara with a crown of thorns and being crucified. Crouse says it's disturbing that those in attendance approved of the blasphemous images.

"On the one hand, they think it's fine to denigrate Jesus," she observes. "But, wow – don't say anything bad about Mohammad, don't say anything about any ethnic deity, any primitive beliefs of any sort, no matter how odd they might seem in today's culture."

Kunzle was invited to speak by the UCLA Department of Religion. The seminar was based on his book entitled Chesucristo: The Fusion in Image and Word of Che Guevara and Jesus Christ.

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