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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. Mark in Kansas

    So a few nut cases make this a movement? This is an example of the media making a mountain out of a mole hill. If this is so then two New Black Panthers intiminating votes is also a movement. A movement that got no attention and, even through it was a violation of Federal Law, Holder won't prosecute "black on white" cases of voter intimination.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  2. LB Colorado

    The anti-christ will be far more intelligent, insightful and you will not recognize him. He will paint you and anything you stand for as beautiful, but then he will kick you in the butt. When Jesus comes, YOU AND ALL OF THE WORLD WILL KNOW IT, and EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW. Believe it or not, time will tell. I believe Jesus is Lord. For those of you that don't, like I said, time will tell. My fight is not with you, you are God's problem not mine.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • comm0nsense

      Yes, the antichrist maybe smart and may even be coming ... but I will bet all my money that it will be a child alien from another planet just messing with Earth's ignorant primates.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ LB Colorado,,,,,,,,,,,,,et al,,,,,

      Jhn 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence."

      Do you or anyone believe this(our) domain is not the Kingdoms of the Gods?

      Do you or anyone truly know these kingdoms of the Gods whereabouts?

      September 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  3. ajgorm

    God is !

    September 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  4. JimAR

    I guess white Christians calling a black man the antichrist is not racist. It's patriotic and clearly what Jesus would do.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  5. Lee

    He is not the anti-christ, that is ridiculous. People are afraid of what they don't know. My mom even says that he is (lol). If anyone would be a good anti-christ model it would be those evangelical extremist screaming for the presidential nomination.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  6. JC

    James 2: 19

    Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ JC,,, Read carefully this,,,,,,,,,,

      There is one "GOD" yet there are innumerable "Gods" and We are as the "gods" of manhood, womanhood and childhood, (Correctly spelling the words GOD and God and god is the key to understanding)

      September 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  7. Mit

    Obama is too dumb to be the anti-christ. You give him too much credit

    September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  8. realitybites

    Facism will come to the United States wrapped in a Flag and Carrying a Bible.
    -Lewis Sinclair.

    What I see, if there even was an Antichrist is a bunch of easlly brainwashed desparate Jesus Freaks following this kind of nubjob logic to their destructions ( and possibly ours). Beware, there were millions of "Good Christians" who thought Hitler was a saviour and that the free thinking Liberals in their society were the cause for their suffering. Evil has a way befriending the good and dragging them into the darkness.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  9. Mr. E

    Its amazing that people are so stupid to actually believe that one day the devil is going to posess a human body and force him to make decisions that will make people assume he is jesus. I cant believe christians actually buy into this kind of story. They are always calling someone that doesn't have the same beliefs, politically or spiritually, the anti-christ. I am not a religious person because of this exact kind of behavior. Religions are supposed to teach its followers love and compaion for otherr man without judgement. I met less than a handful of religious people who actually live their lives without judgement and pregidous towards other people. They are all hypocrites in my view.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  10. David

    Thank God thiese heretics calling Obama an antichrists dont speak for God, and does not have exclusive right to God. God the christian God who is sometimes called Yahweh, Jehovah, the I am That I am, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ does not discriminate because in Ephesian 1:6 We are all accepted in the beloved, what a great God we have. Obama has openly confessed his love and acceptance of Jesus Christ as His Lord and Saviour and anyone who would separate Obama from Christ shall be damned and cursed. those who are using the bible to fight thier narrow ethnic fight should sit down. Christ is not a hater. Looking through the bible we see that Jews received Jesus Christ first to fulfil the word of Christs when he said Salvation to the jews first..., there after on the day of pentecost all in the upper room who wrer baptised in the holy Ghost were Jew, secondly holy spirit moved through the heart of europe when the Italian centurion was saved and his household, thereafter African was supernaturally brought into the family of God through the ethiopian Eunuch, thereafter asia Jehovah as we call him is neither the God of the white nor the black, he is father of our Lord Jesus Christ in whom all the family on earth are named, You have not seen the anti christ yet because the anti christ is not Preident Obama. who is the anti christ? the bible says he that does not believe that Jesus has come in the flesh that means anti christ are those who deny the deity of Christ as both Man and God. President Obama is on God side because he is feeding the poor and clothing them, and providing shelter over their head .

    September 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  11. JC

    19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  12. Jarod

    ...is this what we've become?

    September 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  13. Potion4

    The bible also says to pray for our leaders, I don’t here to many of us Christians talking about that. We put him down we criticize him but is anyone praying for him? probably not. The job as President is pressure packed you’re pulled to the left and to the right. Pray that he will have wisdom, discernment on the issues of the day. That he’s really listening to the Holy Spirit for guidance.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  14. William

    Why does anyone care about this anymore?!?! Lets get to the issues please. If the end times are coming, get your stupid ass to church. Ill be out working to keep the lights on and the water running, just in case the world doesn't end.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  15. Gary Strong

    The religious debate about who is the antiChrist requires far deeper study on the spiritual conflicts in the world. The two argest religiuns in the world are Christianity and Islam. Besides this factor are all the other religious movements. President Obama has not got the time-line to carry out the plan suggested in the Bible. Is he the expected Mardi of Islam who will take over the political domination f the world. Jesus is also expected to come at the same time and kill 70% of the unbeleiving world ad then be under the authority of Muhammad. Is Obama the hidden Mardi-in-waiting to change the history of the world

    September 28, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  16. Brian

    I knew one of you nuts what find a way to knock down Perry...find something new...you're boring.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • u r a nutjob

      DON'T NEED TO KNOCK HIM DOWN. HE IS DOING FOR US!

      September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  17. bobcat2u

    President Obama is the anti-christ ? My lord, where do you people come up with this stuff ? Does not the bible say the anti-christ would be a charismatic leader who would be able to unite the world in peace ? Well people, just because of the hatred being displayed for our president, he's not even been able to unite our country. He hasn't performed any miracles. He hasn't been able to rally the masses behind him. So what exactly is it that leads to believe he is the anti-christ ? Is it just because he has a different sounding name. I think it's time for you people to get a reality check.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • u r a nutjob

      What else is there to do when you are eatin' Walmart chips and watchin' reruns of Springer?

      September 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Ed

      The religious right gets off on hatred. Facts are not important.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  18. fred

    If you had doubts about Americas decline the last 30 years, just read some of the so called CONservative comments! God save the land!

    September 28, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • Benyamin

      yeah it seems like all these crazy evangelicals want a theocracy not a democracy

      September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  19. Weezie

    This is so damn crazy. Here we go again! The people saying these absurd things just can't win fairly. They have to make up things to and distort things to win. I have never, and will never, vote for those selfish, backstabbing, butt kissing, jerks that we call republicans. No matter what lies they continue to feed everyone!

    September 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  20. Kane

    Gathering movement? Where have you been, dude? It's been like this from Day 1. Never put it past an evangelical to do whatever it takes to preach the end times.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
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