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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. Norm - not that one

    Nothing more than the ever growing insanity of the fanatical right;
    the REAL danger to America.

    (and, if you believe in such stuff, the source from which the "anti-christ" will come).

    September 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  2. ajgorm

    Touch the X here and God be with you .... The power of prayer.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  3. suesark

    What malarky! Honestly, I wonder about the intelligence level in this country these days! Hokey pokey!

    September 28, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  4. michael

    This is troubling. He's the antichrist as much as I am. He's an ordinary person just like you and me. If you get on this bandwagon I bet you will regret it later. Don't be foolish. Thanks!

    September 28, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  5. humanexcrement

    I thought the idea of the antichrist is that he convinces people that he IS Christ, in other words, I think if this absolutely ridiculous antiquated laughable compilation of transparent mythology commonly referred to as The Bible comes true, this antichrist character will have the support of the crazy evangelicals. Seriously, if Obama is an antichrist socialist Muslim, he's the most incompetent Socialist Muslim son of Satan I could possibly imagine. Michele Bachmann or Rick Perry, however? There may be something to that.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  6. JLL

    My vote is in for Romney being the antichrist.

    Think about it Non-Christian, Good looking exactly what the Bible predicts.

    Now there is a guy the devil could call his own!

    September 28, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • u r a nutjob

      i THINK IT'S PALIN. GOD'S WAY OF AMUSING US.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  7. Joe Blower

    Holy F! I CAN NOT believe people still believe in stuff like the antichrist. Come on people, wake up!

    September 28, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  8. Cacol

    Couldn't disagree more about the anti=Christ crappe. This man is only trying to uplift the have nots at the expense of the haves.
    Under Obama if you are a lazy, uneducated, minority with multiple children he wants to take care of you if you pledge your allegiance to him and his merry band of people FOREVER .

    If I had it to do over again I would chuck the whole work ethic, responsible and moral obligation chain from around my neck and live off the STUPID people who have been brain washed "to do the right thing."

    After all the struggles I have had to deal with, rolling cigars for the rest of my life doesn't sound half bad. Come get me Obama! care for me, Love me,,be my big borther.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • tpsnow

      Unfortunately your analysis is based on emotion and not facts. The real "haves" have never had it so good. Their effective tax rates are the lowest they've been in two decades. So is the per cent of their total income which they pay in taxes. The top 5 per cent did better than any other income group during the economic crisis which was caused by wall street investment bankers' criminal activity. The ability of the Koch brothers and others like them to brainwash dimwitted people is really quite impressive. The top 400 families who own more than the bottom 50 per cent combined will not be happy until that number increases to 98 per cent.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  9. OldMo

    If the antichrist needs a teleprompter to sound half way intelligent, I'm honestly going to be disappointed. Surely the antichrist is going to be more than some thin-skinned, campus liberal/community organizer. Three years in and BOzo isn't able to deceive near as many people as he used to.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • Jeff

      Agreed, he was looking good for the job but has since failed miserably, we need someone that can dupe almost all the people in these bad times (or even worse) and he only continues to dupe 45% of the people.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  10. dina

    For these stupid people to cast the president as an anti of something that may or may have existed borders on shear stupidity. These evangilists are off their rocker. First religion as it stands has no place in politics. Second, these right wingers are irrational and have no business shoving their religion down anyone's throat .Third, using comments like the "anti christ" show their ignorance based on biblical myth.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • Follix

      Sad that many americans can't see that cause it is so true.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  11. JC

    @ Josef F – sad but true.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  12. Daniel

    Religion clouds the mind.
    However, I do respect those who engage in it. Afterall, it is otherwise very difficult to live in a nation of freedom unless you are able to persuade Christian warriors to die for you in battle, making them believe that this is a Holy War.
    Also, it IS looking more and more that Obama wants to turn this nation upside down and inside out, as Lenin once did.
    This is just fact, regardless of what political affiliation you are entrenched in.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • David, Charlotte, NC

      God is important, if for no other reason, that YOUR INALIENABLE rights come from the "creator"... NOT FROM GOVERNMENT.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • tpsnow

      How can a President who behaves like a centrist Republican turn the country upside down?

      September 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  13. RichM

    Jesus! Obama the AntiChrist! What next? I'm not thrilled with him either but calling him the AntiChrist! We all have short memories. I'd say Rumsfeld or Cheney better meet those requirements.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  14. Follix

    Wow some people really believes in fairy tales, how sad.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  15. ozzie

    Why do you publish this nonsense? It's all racism, pure and simple. Has nothing to do with evangelicals or even religion. These people deny the sin of bigotry in themselves and rationalize it into something religious. I thought America was readly for a black president. Apparently only some have evolved.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • Tea Party Fan

      Apparently only some have evolved.

      We don't believe in evolution. "Martha, get my torch, yee haw!"

      September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  16. steve

    if there is such a thing as the antichirst, this guy is too stupid to be it.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  17. Josef F

    Religious faith is a mental disorder. It's high time we started treating it as such.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  18. Apokalipsi

    The Anti-Christ could well represent our unbridled greed (free market Wall Street) and hate (globocop war). It is ironic that the so-called Christian Right supports these poloices while constantly looking for an antichrist – check the mirror.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  19. dd321

    So let me see......the President claims to be a Christian. All the intolerant/ignorant asses are calling Christians names and taking aim at Christianity. So, therefore, the asses are actually taking aim at Obama! Shame. You people should respect the President's religion. Would you be saying the same thing about Islam if the President were Muslim? But wait.....Christians are nice and safe because they don't blow people up or hang corpses from bridges. And you could be labeled anti-semantic and jeopardize your career if you ridicule the Jewish faith. So, if you must be intolerant of religion, g'head and pick on Christians. Simple minds need the nice ego crutch that bullying provides. Remember to thank a Christian for helping you feel good about yourself today!

    September 28, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  20. BrianLem

    this is so funny because any REAL Christian (not the many so-called self professing christians) who actually read their own Bible will know that the Anti-Christ will NOT be known until he reveals himself. So when the real one appears, the "christians" will NOT know he is the antichrist at that time.
    Therefore, trying to pin Obama as the antichrist merely serves to highlight the incredible hate and ignorance this group has.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • u r a nutjob

      sO IT'S KINDA LIKE "PIN THE TAIL ON THE ANTI CHRIST"?

      September 28, 2011 at 11:54 am |
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