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. Arbitor of Truth

    Paint away...the more you paint the flakier you become, Teatards. If Obama is a Biblical-level figure beyond all monsters ever presented to Mankind, then you are in a world of hurt unless you are running around in sack cloths, helping the poor and not just another phoney churchgoer with lust in you heart, a big honkin SUV and money in your eyes.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  2. Norm

    Religion is a mental disorder. Using it as a moral guide is fine. But if you're taking it all literally, you're insane. Stop trying to force the rest of us to live acording to the commands of the immaginary voices in your head.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • JoJo

      I use to agree with you, but now with all these militaristic hypocritical neocon war lovers, I'm beginning to wonder if one of them is the ANTICHRIST!

      September 28, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  3. Debbie

    The evangelical movement are not Christians as their actions do not follow Christ. They are mixing politic and religion which they are commanded NOT to do. What I see is that Lucifer has used the Christian faith as a tool against Christ. You can see it in business where they worship $$. The love of money is the root of all evil. You see it in politicians that use their Christianity for political gain. Those are not followers of Christ but of the Deciever. If these people who are working to make Obama out to be the anti-Christ would read the Bible vs listening to what others claim the Bible says they would see they are being deceived. I worry not about Obama being the anti-Christ...I worry and pray about the lost souls of these people who call themselves Christians but who are being deceived by Satan using the Christian faith.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • Bible Clown

      Actually Dubya fit the scriptures very well as a failed antichrist. He had followers, but in the end they went out and voted in a Christian as the new president instead of turning from the old Christ to follow the new one. His armies never got to Megiddo so there was no Armageddon, and Cheney/Mephistopheles is alive with no heart and still tempting his followers to no avail.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  4. Michael M.

    "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."

    Wow... So the biggest baddie of them all is a mixed-race President who was questionably born on an island in the Pacific and wants to ensure a healthy citizenship while demeaning a nation who's been at war with another nation for decades.

    That's kind of a crappy super-villain.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • Bible Clown

      Winning the Nobel Peace Prize is a sure sign of someone being a super-villain or mad scientist. I've lost count of how many of those Nobel Laureates have become money-hungry, power-crazed despots after winning. Remember how Martin Luther King used to carve his initials on the moon with his giant laser beam?

      September 28, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  5. jules maidoff

    Odd how our forefathers in the 1700's were so far ahead. They made a huge revolution which included the first nation that had NO STATE RELIGION and that guaranteed freedom of worship.
    BUT freedom of worship does not imply imposing your religious beliefs on others.
    It is unsettling that the response is so passionate or belittling.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  6. Enlightened

    In this "Age of Information" it is amazing to see how much information is available to the common person; and how little of it is actually thought about. Most people continue to rely on tradition and dogma rather than think for themselves. How can anyone believe any of this BS? Just remember; the last time we mixed politics and religion, beople got burned at the stake!

    September 28, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  7. joe

    The fact that this is news is far more troubling than if Obama was in fact the antichrist. The fact that there are lunatics out there spouting this kind of gibberish is more troubling than the idea Armageddon is around the corner. What an ignorant country I live in.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  8. marc mccarron

    very thinly veiled racist nonsense.
    CNN should ignore this filth.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  9. Wm

    Hilarious! Makes me so glad to be an atheist!

    September 28, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  10. Rebecco

    Did it every occur to all the radical Christians, they are as wacko as the radical Muslims? Did it ever occur to them that at least 10% of the bible writers were mentally ill? That is the societal statistic. One of the surely poor mentally ill souls was John of Revelations. That guy spent years in a cave, sleeping on a stone pillow. He thought the two cracks in the ceiling of his cave, which divided it into three parts represented the Holy Trinity. Well, then a fork in the road must represent the Holy Trinity too, eh?

    September 28, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  11. bigdoglv

    New CNN motto. If you don't have a prop up piece for Obama, create one. There are extreme nuts in every bowl. How about a story about homeless families or seniors who worked all their lives and now are homless.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  12. Bill

    President Obama the AntiChrist....there are a lot of sick people in this great nation

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

      Hard times always produce crazy millenialist movements. Same thing happened during the black death. Even the Depression had Father Coughlin, the rise of the Nazi's, etc. There is always crazy just beneath the surface of anyone who's really desperate to seize on SOMETHING that will make things make sense again. So if things are spiralling out of control and you've gone from middle class to living in your car, a message of "Jesus is coming back soon to make it all better" has a much more powerful appeal than it normally would. And actions that would seem irrational in normal times suddenly make sense to these desperate people.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  13. Xfan

    It's interesting to me that people who have enough faith to believe that human beings are little more than highly advanced primordial slime and claim to believe in tolerance have little or no respect for the ideas of others. I guess it shouldn't surprise me that people on both sides choose to be insulting of the things they disagree with, but it is very sad to see such animous and vitriol from both christians, who are called by their Lord to even love their enemies, and secularist, who claim to be openminded and accepting. Guess as a Christian I should expect the effects of sin on humanity to affect us all, but it's still sad to watch it play out.

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

      Just because its an idea doesn't mean it deserves respect. A lot of ideas are stupid. Also, the movement for tolerance is about tolerating and accepting people, not ideas. Frankly, a lot of people would be a lot easier to tolerate if they didn't maintain such idiotic ideas.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Bible Clown

      "people who have enough faith to believe that human beings are little more than highly advanced primordial slime" Wait, you actually know someone who believes humans are nothing but highly advanced slime? Bring them out – that's way more interesting than this story. Who are they? Where do they live? How do they account for bones and teeth and hair? Do they also worship slime? Is their favorite movie The Blob? Seriously, give us a URL or link.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  14. Mel Lessedme

    Anti-Christ? Geesh , you don't have to go that far. Incompetent is more suitable.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  15. Cuso

    They right has been saying this since day 1

    September 28, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  16. floda

    we are all anti-christs, everytime we fail to show love.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  17. Jacob

    "Barrack Obama", if you re-arrange the letters correctly, spells "I am Lord Voldemort".

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

      Thankfully he will only attack England.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  18. JeremyJK

    Not for nothing but why does the anti-christ always have to be a liberal. Isn't it possible that the anti-christ could come out of the conservative Bush dynasty. I mean really, who would expect that. It would be like Jar Jar Binks actually arising as the Dark Lord of the Siths. What a shocker, we would all be doomed.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Damian

      Exactly........there have been plenty of conservatives t hat have done unthinkable things!! Besides doesn't t here actually have to be a Christ to have an anti-Christ? There is still no historical or scientiific proof that Christ ever walked this earth.

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

      With the way George Lucas wrote Episode 1, 2 and 3, I'm surprised Jar Jar -wasn't- the Dark Lord of the Sith.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • JeremyJK

      There is plenty of historical data to know that a jesus christ existed in the first century AD

      September 28, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  19. TXJim

    Here is something that everyone is overlooking.. if he is the Antichrist.. there is NOTHING you can do to stop him.

    Last time I checked the Bible already has laid out the events that will bring him down.. and it involves NONE of you...

    September 28, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Damian

      The bible is all fiction anyhow.

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

      It is to you Damian... but this is America where I am free to believe what I want, as you are too...

      September 28, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • Bible Clown

      IF the Antichrist arose, you would have to choose to follow him or fight his armies. All he'd have to do is shake his Bible and yell "Kill the liberals!" and you conservative Bible-thumpers would follow him all the way to hell. Or you could stick to your guns and tell them Jesus wasn't about Holy Crusades, and be machine-gunned as a liberal traitor, and go to heaven.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  20. Damian

    I don't give a flying rats butt what these overly religious evangelicals think.......if you are living your life based by a piece of fiction that was allegedly written 2,000 years ago you need your head examined.SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE>.To that I'll add to each his own and I would not personally disrespect someone b/c of their religious choice but I don't want it brought into government or the public school systems.

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

      Get your facts straight before you post this junk. Morals come from knowing God and His law. Why do you think society is going down hill? Because everyone wants God out of the equation.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:55 am |

      you just did disrespect someones religious beliefs,you wipe !

      September 28, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • greenbear33

      back beast

      September 28, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Damian

      HAHA Jeremy and The REAL D........yes the Ten Commandments are sound and are common sense..........but all that other babble........the miracles etc. is complete fabrication. I used to be a practicing Christian and most of my family and friends are. Which is fine everyone has to make their own choices. But to insinuate religion itself keeps people moral is totally stupid. How many priests have done unthinkable things? How many scandals of ultra religious people have there been ? I've lost count. Let's go over all the blood shed over the centuries in the name of religion. Don't get me wrong i don't think religion in itself is bad.......but man makes it bad.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:08 am |
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