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. gregg

    Religion is not only the opiate of the masses it is the condom the politicians use to screw us without getting caught.

    We are all sheep. If we are not careful, we will follow our politicians/leaders’ right over the cliff like lemmings.
    We get what we deserve in this country.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • puckthecat

      LOL, I love that line gregg, I will use in other converstations...see once in a while someone says something that makes sense!

      September 28, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • JoJo

      So true. It is amazing that a group of people who claim to be truthseekers keep voting for these people who are about as religious as a peanut and keep yanking their Jesus chain over and over to keep the votes coming in.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Thomas

      There's no need of this "great antiChrist, the one deceiving the whole world." We have deceived ourselves beyond any need of more help from Hell.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  2. alma goettemoeller

    II am 77 years old and it never ceases to amaze me, how far off base relegous evangelicals are. Thank God for open minded and clear thinking people

    September 28, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  3. wimpersnappersaahah44

    u have a point xfan

    September 28, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  4. Potion4

    Don’t know about the Antichrist but some of the views expressed and some of the issues he supports aren’t standard for Christian values. The bible says to judge according to the fruit so if the fruit isn’t ripe or there is an issue as to the type of fruit than I have to look at this. I wouldn’t call him the Antichrist, the spirit of the Antichrist is already here but the actual person isn’t here yet.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • puckthecat

      ahh shuddup! It's people like you that are making the good ole USA a laughing stock!

      September 28, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  5. SCOTO

    "expanding the reach of government in areas like health care" is a sign of the Ant-Christ? No wonder the rest of the civilized world regard this country as a laughing stock when they hear stuff like this.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:39 am |

    Oh honest to GOD! These people are fools. I am sick and tired of them trying to hijack Christianity when all they REALLY believe in is WHITE supremacy. There god is not MY God and they so lack creativity in starting MORE crap about the President. And they say their AMERICANS...yeah, fear FIRST and then maybe...BS.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • matt

      learn to spell, you'll never be taken seriously otherwise

      September 28, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Thomas

      Matt might not take you seriously but I take the Beatles song "The Fool on The Hill" more seriously than one who would disregard an intelligent remark based off of grammatical errors.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  7. Margroks

    More whackos, no doubt encouraged by the Tea Party morons.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • clc777

      you're right the tea party idiots are so stupid, they haven't even picked up the Bible and read it. Whoever this person is the antichrist has to come out of European nation, not from the United States. The problem is, the stage is set on the players are there, it's a matter of time before the main character steps on the stage and the performance will happen. Again, not now.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  8. JShank

    HAHAHA!!! What Floats in Water? ... A Duck... He is a Duck!!!! Burn Him!!!! Religious Nut Jobs!

    September 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • puckthecat


      September 28, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  9. marianne

    What a disgrace. The man is the President, give him the respect the office holds. Also, these crazy people need to stop the bashing.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  10. JoJo

    Christianity has been claiming that the end of the world and the antichrist are right around the corner for 2000 years now. Literally every 20 years a new generation of looney tunes is convinced the end times are here. The only thing we're heading for is another Dark Ages if we keep letting these brainwashed, judgemental, paranoid people influence politics.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  11. Mel Lessedme

    actually, calling Obamawhack an anti-Christ would be considered a compliment. To be an anti-christ would require intelligence.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • Beelzebubba

      Since you lack intelligence, your statement is rather ironic.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Mel Lessedme

      Oooo, that's a good one! LOL!

      September 28, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Thomas

      and yet to avoid becoming one, a man must also seek wisdom. again, a man who points to Christ and says "thank you" with an honest heart could not be the antichrist.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  12. puckthecat

    I can't believe that some of you Americans actually think that president Obama may be the antichrist...I mean really!!! Who are these retarded evangelicals anyway?

    September 28, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  13. thatdude

    A black Anti Christ. Hahaha really funny. The Devil, Santa clause, and all super heroes and villians are all white.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • MikeB

      Real or not. The mindset is there to force a self-fulfilling prophecy.
      Even Santa Clause has relevancy when minds are living out their intrinsic or extrinsically perceived reality. Nothing is real, it all boils down to what we do with what we think or believe we know.
      Too many real things happen that have been on account of fantasy or delusion.
      To blow it off and to scoff at it is to live out one's own fantasy.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • Thomas

      It's called "divine manifestation." which basically translates into- we reap what we sow. And white supremacy is so soaked in the blood of other cultures that I find it hard to believe that any of us truly believe anything anymore. absolute truth may be real but it is certainly a weapon.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  14. Dave Jaipersaud

    Obama the antichrist! Really? Come On!

    All I have to say is that whenever I think I have heard the most stupid and absurd sentiment held by a good number of Americans (Tea Party/Republican Party), they say something even more stupid. I guess the beacon of hope that was once America is now officially the beacon of stupidity. For those Americans who actually believe or is promoting this nonsence that their President is the Anitchrist, you must be really proud of your stupidity. Typically, people that are stupid would rather hide the true extend of their mental condition, but you people seem to take pride in letting the world know how utterly stupid you are. Are you really that STUPID. Do Americans really want someone this stupid (a Tea Party or Republican Party supporter) to be President?

    If so, not even god can help you.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • puckthecat

      well said brother!

      September 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  15. Major Itule

    The Anti-Christ will exalt himself as the "Christ" and decieve many around the world. Maybe because I know the truth I am not decioeved as many would be and as much as I dislike the actions of President Obama, HE IS NOT THE ANT-CHRIST...1st off he has no presence of being God like, Second he does not create peace between anyone or thing, he only creates disharmony, The Bible clearly states that the Anti Christ will rise and come to power when people are saying, "Everything is peaceful and secure," I ask you where is the peace and security throughout the world? Obama will be Nobama next year anyway....I pray for the day of our Lord but until then, I don't exalt men over Christ and thats what you reporters and freakish Christians are trying to do with Obama....PS.... A fundementalist Christian is someone who believe the word of God (Jesus is the son of God, there is a Heaven Anti Christ and Hell) to be true and exact, WE do not a promote violence (turn the other cheek) as many of the press are trying to change the word "funamentalist christian", also we believe this Nation was founded on Christian Principles and liberties

    September 28, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • grist

      It is a horrible idea that a person who in the future would rise to power and be responsible for creating peace in the world, would be regarded by Christians as the anti-Christ . If a person responsible for promoting peace on our planet, IS A GOOD THING!

      September 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Peace2All

      Whew...!!!! Thanks for letting us know that President Obama is 'not' the anti-christ.

      I was really worried.

      You just let us know, when said anti-christ is 'really' here.

      Wow. !!!


      September 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • puckthecat

      I can't agree with what you have said simply because you are trying to twist the truth. The bible was writing over two thousand years ago when people still believed the world was flat, you have to take some of it with a grain a salt!

      September 28, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • JoJo

      Hey, another Christian who thinks they see the truth in a world of false Christians. It is hilarity that every single one of you say the same things about each other! As others have stated, the sad thing is, if a leader comes along promoting peace, the looney tune squad is quick to rush to the anti-christ judgements and condemnations. Brainwashing judgemental paranoia, nothing more, nothing less.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Thomas

      You do recognize that an absolutely literal approach is entirely against the style in which the Christ Himself taught? He spoke in parables in order to show us that we truly could recognize ourselves in everything he said and could achieve for others everything he did. The only time he ever "cursed" anyone or anything was when he killed a fig tree for producing bad fruit and when he cast Legion from a demon possessed individual (individuals) into a heard of pigs which them immediately sought refuge in death by jumping off a cliff to free themselves from such monsters. But not once did he ever employ a miraculous wonder in order to harm another human being. Not once. So why approach this concept of the antiChrist with the same mentality. Is not all sin to become less than Christ would wish for us to be? So then whom among you can truly cast the first stone and name one "antiChrist" for there are few sane people in this nation who aren't aware of this White Male Supremacy-based belief in the antiChrist as a being who could even hope to exist within the confines of a realm with true and everlasting peace. This is a contradiction no mortal can solve and Obama has tried desperately to resolve each to his own while also acknowledging that he needs the help of the one greater than us all, Jesus Christ.


      September 28, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  16. MikeB

    Term-1: Assign Minions to Commissions and Czar-ships. (Especially when congress is in recess or complacent.)
    Term-2: Do what ever the "H e l l" he wants since congress hasn't the guts to impeach him and there is no need to campaign for another term. Who knows, there may be so much unrest that another election cannot be held in 2016 because Marshal law won't see to it that one is held.
    What is the secret combination doctrine for overturning the U.S.A.? Oh, checkout one of Obama's favorite books: "Rules of Radicals" written by an 'American Community Organizer' named Saul Alinsky.
    Harry Reid, of all people should know what a 'Gadianton Robber' is.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Karen

      You are a typical Republican... believes what Limbaugh tells you. Why don't you try thinking for yourself? Difficult concept I know, but give it a try.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • Beelzebubba


      September 28, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • MikeB

      Typical denial and vitriol by the liberal politic.
      They need to pull their head out of the sand or out of their fecal port.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • puckthecat

      Hey MikeB...what does the B stand for...bonehead, bimbo, block head (my personal favorite). Your extreme comments are in line with the evangelical dimwit who yelled the other night.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Cat Daddy

      You been watchin too much Fox News MikeB...

      September 28, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Beelzebubba

      I'm not a liberal, retard.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • Thomas

      If you cannot substantiate solid evidence against Obama's character (and to truly judge a man's character, look at how he treats his family), then I suggest you stop shouting your ignorance to the global community.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  17. Bob

    "Anti-christ" – give me a break! Is that like anti-matter – if christ and anti-christ meet they blow up?

    September 28, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Thomas

      No no no, that would create too great of an explosion... And since the big bang is a theoretical/theological impossibility, then either they both exist, or neither ever existed.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  18. osro

    How is it 2011 and we're still talking about the anti-christ? You might as well have an instructional article for putting garlic on your front door to ward off vampires...

    September 28, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • Al

      Yes it's the 21st century and the majority of people in this country think that a 1st century man will be back any day now. Amazing.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • ingrid

      I agree with you Orso and Collin below your comment. Sometimes I am amazed that despite our technology and all of our advancements we are so easily like those in the dark ages.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • badlobbyist

      Hey that garlic thing really works. I haven't seen one vampire since I put it up on my door.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  19. Sara

    I thought the anti-christ was supposed to be a charasmatic person everyone followed....

    September 28, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • MikeB

      Then once in power some came out of their trance and called themselves the 'Tea Party'.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  20. Xfan

    As much as I believe President Obama is an incompetent and immoral leader (on the basis that he believes stealing from one group of people to give to another is acceptable among other things), he is most definitely not the anti-christ of Scripture. The anti-christ of Scripture sits at the head of a singular global, religio-political power that the U.S. has yet to become and who takes on himself the prerogatives of God seeking to be the object of human worship. While Obama is quite full of himself and clearly is frustrated because he is not adored by all he isn't anywhere close to significant enough in the grand scheme of things to qualify as the anti-christ.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Colin

      I read posts like this with gaping amazement. This is Bronze Age mythology!! How we still adhere to it in the 21st Century is incredible. Then again, most newspapers still carry astrology columns and 40% of the country thinks the whole Universe began six thousand years ago with a talking snake.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:34 am |
    • Shelly Holt

      XFan...very well put.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • Peace2All


      As I posted above to @Major Itule.... thanks for letting us know that Obama is 'not' the anti-christ.

      We were all worried about that !

      Let us know when the 'real' one gets here, will ya'...?


      September 28, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • God

      "you're fired."

      September 28, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • Thomas

      And where exactly does your perversion or "knowledge of scripture" fit into this "grand scheme" of yours? it takes a devil to find a devil, my friend.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:31 am |
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