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. Dave

    Sorry, he's not the one. Matreyah is the coming antichrist.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  2. jude

    The antichrist will emerge from Teabaggistan...wearing a suit, thousand dollar smile and praying to a dollar bill.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  3. Jonathan

    I thought Prince (and at some point King) Charles was the Antichrist?

    September 28, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  4. michael

    well he doesn't fit the image of their type of president. he isn't like them. he isn't constantly babbling about god and family values. because he is busy running the country. therefore, according to those clowns, he must be the anti-christ. f$#$ing ridiculous....

    September 28, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  5. Weiser

    Just like Obama's mentor, The Rev. Wright, Obama is the new preacher of hate.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Ah C'mon already

      Take your pill and shut up.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  6. Adam

    Are these people really serious about Obama being the Anti-Christ. People need to stop reading so much scripture and look at what is going on around them. The bible does have merit in todays society in that it tells us to love thy neighbor, but some of the teaching in the bible make no sense in todays ever changing world. Obama is not the anti-christ. He is the President of the United States and nothing more. If there was one individual who could be considered the anti-christ it would be Hitler, and Obama is not Hitler and you can't even make a comparison. Obama is just trying to fulfill is campaign promises, which is what we hired him to do. Obama has done many things right and many things wrong, but in the end he is one man who has changed the US for the better.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Nice try, Adam, but you don't stand a chance with the haters of the world.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  7. Bill

    You mean he is not??

    September 28, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  8. Bobby

    Folks can believe what they want to about anybody, anywhere, anytime, anyhow, anyway and it does not make a bit of difference. Even the thought police can prosecute it.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  9. Steve

    LOL@ pugsley. At least someone here has a sense of humor.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  10. Edyvan

    Another smear campaign......

    September 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  11. Shawn Lawsure

    Grow up people! I suppose you all believe in unicorns as well.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • u r a nutjob

      I suppose that you are gonna tell me the Easter Bunny is a fake too

      September 28, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Wait a minute. I happen to own a unicorn.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  12. Steph

    Some people are just rediculous.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  13. Al

    What a crock!! Let's not forget that Obama inherited the wreckage of the American economy from the Bush administration. I remember in the early days of Obama's Presidency when he put together a brilliant team of some of the best minds available to help get the American economy back on track after YEARS of the economic terrorism perpetrated by Bush, Cheney and their gang. Since then, in spite of Obama calling for the members of both parties and those in Government to put aside their politics and act like patriots to overcome these difficulties, he has repeatedly been stymied by the self-serving politicians that have repeatedly stabbed him in the back to the detriment of all. I fear for the people of America and I fear for the well-being of one of the greatest nations on this earth. This type of fear mongering amongst the ignorant Christian masses may well spell d-o-w-n-f-a-l-l. The Muslim extremists are loving this destructive, ridiculous garbage!!

    September 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • u r a nutjob

      the repubs have quickly redirected everyones attention away from that. If they don't how will they get re-elected?

      September 28, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  14. Tevroc

    The far right Christian community paints Obama as the Antichrist because their narrow minded view has made them completely insane. The fact they have a black president has driven them over the edge. When the arrogance and greed of the GOP combined with the ignorance of TEA, it created a deadly poison. I can't wait to vote out GOP/TEA in 2012.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Dawn

      I agree!!

      September 28, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  15. chris

    No, President Obama isn't the anti-Christ.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  16. Edyvan

    Oh, Cripes.....first the birthers.....and now the Extreme Right Winged Lunatic Fringe......another attempt by the Tea Party to bring down a honorably elected president.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • u r a nutjob

      gotta do it somehow.......

      September 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Steph

      No, you don't gotta do it.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  17. Steve

    The church really has a good one here....

    The anti-christ is supposed to be the great uniter bringing all the world together in one world order. So if anyone wants to unite everyone and bring them together he is automatically the anti-christ. Otherwise if it is devisive, hateful and brings peace to no one but the chosen, then THATS christianity.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • JF

      The world will never have peace as long as religion is involved.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  18. NotConOrLib

    God Have Mercy on these Goofy "Christians".

    September 28, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • pam

      Overblown? Da Ya Think? !!!!!!!!!

      September 28, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  19. ajgorm

    It is hard to admit that what is waiting for you could be real ..Ehh ...It all boils down to beliefs and the fact that most humans are believers this makes us all a bunch of liberal nuts so dont worry we will all end up in the same place when were done..Their is enough room for all of us...

    September 28, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  20. Philojazz

    "What do you think? Is there a gathering movement to paint the president as the Antichrist?' Well, what I think is that it's unfortunate that so many people in the US (most of whom are potential voters, and many of whom probably do vote) actually pay attention to terms like "Antichrist", as if they relate to reality. The more we can get all religion out of our political system, the better for the country as a whole. Notice, I'm not trying to bad-mouth any particular religion, just their presence in politics.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • carl white

      seperation of church and state. they knew what they were writing

      September 28, 2011 at 11:44 am |
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