By Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editors
(CNN) – On our sister blog The 1600 Report, CNN's Alex Mooney notes a discrepancy in the official White House transcript of a California fundraiser Monday night, during which a person who heckled President Barack Obama was escorted out by security.
Here's the White House transcript's account of the heckler:
AUDIENCE MEMBER: The Christian God is the only true living God, the Creator of the heavens and the universe.
But Mooney observes that the White House pool report records the heckler as being much more blunt, yelling "'Barack Obama is the Antichrist!"
The president interrupted his remarks at the fundraiser, held at Los Angeles' House of Blues, to respond to the heckler.
"First of all, I agree Jesus Christ is the Lord," Obama said. "I believe in that. I do have a question, though. I think the young man may have left his jacket... "
Ironically, the remark about Obama as the Antichrist came the same day that The New York Times ran an op-ed arguing that the Antichrist is assuming a bigger place in the public discourse, as evangelical Christian ideas about the end times gain traction.
In a piece titled "Why the Antichrist Matters in Politics," Washington State University history professor Matthew Avery Sutton argues that, for some Christians, Obama fits into ideas about the Antichrist, whose arrival is believed to be a portent of the end times and Jesus' second coming:
For some evangelicals, President Obama is troubling. The specious theories about his place of birth, his internationalist tendencies, his measured support for Israel and his Nobel Peace Prize fit their long-held expectations about the Antichrist. So does his commitment to expanding the reach of government in areas like health care.
The op-ed was the most e-mailed piece on nytimes.com for much of Tuesday.
In the 2008 campaign, Republican presidential nominee John McCain released an anti-Obama ad called "The One" that ridiculed Obama for what it said was his messiah complex. Some critics claimed the spot was a veiled attempt to paint Obama as the Antichrist, though the McCain camp denied it.
What do you think? Is there a gathering movement to paint the president as the Antichrist? Are such charges overblown attempt to discredit Obama's critics?
I have been telling people for MANY YEARS who Obama really is. FEW have listened. Thankfully MORE are starting to come around now and FINALLY see the TRUTH.!!! In this EXHAUSTIVE Video I use Bible Scripture, short video clips, photos, and various other sources, with numerous, current UPDATES, to once and for all PROVE who Obama TRULY is and is ABOUT TO BECOME.!!!
This article is from over a year ago. I think that most people understand by now that the whole "antichrist" thing was created by conservative politicians in an attempt to whip religious fanatics like yourself into a rather unpatriotic frenzy.
After last night's win for reelection I now believe that he is. All indications had Romney as the winner. An 8% unemployment, our national credit rating downgraded two points, more people on foodstamps than anytime before, and many more inept accomplishments and utter failures yet he is reelected. The folks in Israel feel as though we stabbed them in the back. We probably did with his reelection. As Iran achieves nuclear abilities to wipe out Israel, Israel will do what they must do to survive as a nation and this will trigger WW3. Don't believe me? Watch how this all plays out. Oh and also, MSM like CNN, MSNBC and even FOX are complicit in Obama's election and reelection because they covered for him all his missteps and ineptness and lies and his past. There is no longer integrity with journalism today. The free exchange that the internet has brought of accurate information will be censored and more draconian laws will be passed in the name of benevolence. G-ds wrath upon us will be just. G-d have mercy on us.
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Antichrist holds cross symbol that is swastika and he will have website http://www.swastik.org, he will creates problems in the world
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