A movement to paint Obama as the Antichrist?
President Obama reacts as he's heckled at a Los Angeles fundraiser Monday night.
September 27th, 2011
04:54 PM ET

A movement to paint Obama as the Antichrist?

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?

Read Mooney's full report here.
- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Belief • Christianity • Politics

soundoff (2,491 Responses)
  1. OrionStyles

    So ridiculous.... you think the perpetrators of this religion might have thought "You know, it's possible that people might start to disbelieve this lie to control the population... we better build in solution. I know, the evil enemy will convince you that this religion is not true, that is how you know it is true!"

    Seriously, grow up... Religion is incompatible with everything we have learned in the last 100 years. You have no excuse except intentional ignorance.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  2. KareemCheez


    He didn't do nothin'...

    September 28, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  3. Kofi Badu

    I think Christians should focus on preaching the Word of God and working with God on his mission which is saving the lost. I don't think the mission of God is to look for who is and who is not the Anti Christ. God asks Christians to be careful about false Prophets. Hence our focus is on understanding the will of God, his love, his plans an to get as many people raptured into Heaven rather than focusing on AntiChrist.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  4. mcore

    Doesn't surprise me in the least. I know some evangelicals and they truly believe that the end times are here and now. They work it into every day conversation as if the rest of us agree with their insane vision. This is also why these Christian loons welcome the destruction of the Earth by the hand of man and oppose things like EPA – because it all works right into their bizarre end times scenarios. And these are the people constantly worried about terrorism. I swear, our own religious extremists have far more to do with the destruction of American society than either al Queda or the Taliban.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  5. Bob

    If you're looking for an Antichrist, the person pointing to others and accusing them of being the Antichrist is probably the one you want. It's a great way of distracting attention.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  6. Maine Liberal

    John 4:1-3 says, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world."

    September 28, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  7. nightsun2k7

    LOL...first of all, what antichrist? Second, presidents have been accused of being the antichrist since i was born...(44 years ago) and i can only assume longer. Third, saying that he's the antichrist cause he wants to give your country better health care is insane. We've had universal, social (whatever name you want to call it this week) healthcare since the sixties and would never, ever allow our government to take it away from us. Afterall, it is ours not our governments and paid for by us. OMG you people....seriously? The antichrist? Here's a thought, add up the numbers of his name, divide it by something, add it to something, minus it by something and see if it adds up to 666....lol, remember that one?

    September 28, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  8. Jarvis

    I can not believe some of these people. Why do we think we can blame only one MAN (no supernatural) for problems with our country? Now Obama has not been the president we all hoped for but that is not his fault. Every time the man tries to do something good for the country people stand up and use there stupid religion and anti-morals to knock it down. I thought your christ helped the poor and healed the sick???? To be christian is to be christ like. So to be christ like you must attempt to do the things christ did. Obama seems to be the only real christian on capital hill. everyone else is the anti-christ.

    b-bags! sorry for the bad spelling btw

    September 28, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  9. Kathleen Moore

    Popperdan1, what might you be talking about? Do you mean that the christians really believe in the antichrist? You mean you don't ? Better get in your bible, Bud.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • The 4 Penguins Of The Apocalypse

      LMAO Yeah, bud, better run to the bible. Or you can just find yourself any book by Dr. Seuss. Both are fact-filled. Especially when it comes to green eggs and ham.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:12 am |
  10. justaguy

    A perfect example of how willing apostate Christians are to misuse religion to suit their own purposes. Isaiah 29:13

    September 28, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  11. Cathy

    It is no wonder this country has gone belly up. Half the people voting are certifiably crazy. I agree with the cult status and that they are no better than radical Islam.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  12. alex chapman

    Jesus Christ himself was not very popular among people of his own Faith. Neither was the Prophet John the Baptist.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  13. RW

    Now this is free speech, nonintellectual to the idiot, the idiot to the hater, the hater to the agnostic, the agnostic to the religious, the religious to the nonbelievers, and the nonbelievers to everybody. Yes this is free speech.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  14. joeaamerican

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia If Marxism doesn't fit Obama????


    September 28, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • hippypoet

      dude never go thru wiki to get a valid source of information... unless it names its source, then search that.

      September 28, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  15. hippypoet

    peopel are dumb, and that explains this... so moving on now.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  16. josh rogen

    having that heckler planted among the hand picked attendees was a well orchestrated move, very fitting of the Hollywood crowd that set up the event.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  17. mike

    There is no movement because he is. More so he is trash destroying our country

    September 28, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • trigtwit palin... America's favorite tard baby


      September 28, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • Larry L

      Destroying our country? I might point out to you that the Republicans were in charge when the economy went down the toilet. President Bush issued the first stimulus – to the banking industry. The Republicans have blocked every initiative to help – filibustering over 90 bills in the Senate including those they created! President Bush started both wars but never put them on the books. Dick Cheney lied about the reason for the war in Iraq then allowed Haliburton (his company) the cheat openly. President Obama has been far more successful in executing the wars and eliminating the terrorists. Get over it Mike – President Obama is in fact half-black. You need to step away from right-wing radio, control your own hatred and become an American again. Remember – the more you listen to Fox News the less you know...

      September 28, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • The 4 Penguins Of The Apocalypse

      Forget Obama. He's just a scapegoat for the fundies (who are mostly white racists from the south) to blame all of their problems on. Hell, I'm more likely the antichrist than Obama. He supports all faiths. I hate everything religious. Poor Mike. You should go visit your priest for his weekly teabagging session. From what I've read, that's quite popular in the Christian church.

      September 28, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  18. Promisejr

    Antichrist my butt!!! I would of thought Bush was the antichrist not Obama. I think its just a way to blind people and cover up their mistakes. When Bush got done destroying our country they gave us 2 minorieties to choose from so we can blame it on them a women Hillary Clinton, and a black man, Barack Obama running for preisdent. We picked a black man. Now everybody forgot and think its Obama that put us in this mess NOT Bush! lol they are so smart in covering their butts

    September 28, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  19. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    This story screams the justification for separation of church and state. Can't wait to see the looks on the faces of the "holy" when they discover Obama is, dare I say it, Black?!?!?!

    September 28, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  20. Veracity

    President Obama is certainly not the anti-christ. God appointed Obama as president and we should respect him, even if we don't agree with his policies. For those that believe, the Bible calls us to RESPECT those in authority, pray for them, support our government. Not to turn our backs and cry about every little thing we don't agree with. If you have faith in God then you need to come to terms – HE is in control so why worry about anything else.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • mike

      He is trash, I have no respect for him.

      September 28, 2011 at 9:32 am |
    • UncleM

      Obama was elected not appointed by an imaginary friend.

      September 28, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • The 4 Penguins Of The Apocalypse

      Spoken like a true southerner, Mike. I can see the gaps in your teeth from here.

      September 28, 2011 at 9:59 am |
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