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:
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:
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.
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What a spurious, ridiculous, inane and just plain ol' stupid idea in a spurious, ridiculous and inane article!
Nice! Well if the tea baggers call President Obama the antiChrist, then I guess I'm voting for the antiChrist in the next election! These moe rons wouldn't kow the antiChrist if it bopped them on the head! All these supposedly "christian" people are like a bunch of scared, lost sheep, all huddled and cowering in a corner. It's too painful for them to think for themselves, so they believe what other "christians" tell them, even if it's obviously wrong.
What if he was teh antichrist. Just saying.. What if.. Would the Obama worshipers still worship him or would they not.. Just saying.
Dirty little thoughts from dirty little people..................
As we come from the ash we return to the ash what more proof do we need. You were always here you just dont remember ...From the warmth of the light you will find comfort from the cold of the dark you will find fear. God made us all equals but most of us are liberals waiting for the conservative God to save us...Obama the false prophet or the anti Christ. Prince charles is the Anti Christ Obama is a runner up..
There just might be a pill to take for that sickness.......loser disease.
a doubter amongst us...If you doubt the existance of God touch the X here..
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 0f the world? Jesus is also expected to come at the same time as the Mardi and kill 70% of the unbeleiving world and then be under the authority of Muhammad. Is Obama the hidden Mardi-in-waiting to change the history of the world so that it will be completely Islamic. Our main problem in the west is that even among many church leaders and pastors they have a profound ignorance of the differences between Christianity and Islam; the New Testament and the Ko'ran. The church needs to undertake a serious study of the two positions. Both in substance and in morality they are poles apart. The idea that Islam and Christianity can become "Chrislam" is ludicrous. Oil and water cannot mix and neither can Christianity and Isalm. The antichrist personification is Ben Laden, but any chance that he is the Mardi of Isam has been blown apart un less soem are expecting that he will rise from the dead. So far only the Lord Jesus rose from the dead and he will come as the one who eill completely defeat the antichrist.
Are you sure? Try looking in the mirror and talking more of the "antichrist" stuff. See? Do you feel really stupid? If not, give it a few years and try again.
Moving along to important matters........
Religion's poisen seed grows bigotry and narrow minds.
and illiterates......learn to spell poison
Could this be a reaction to the media proclaiming him to be a Savior? And, how many people are making the anti-Christ statement...5, 10, 100. Wow!!! Sweeping the nation! Just another attempt to find a new boogeyman by the media (first Bush, then Palin, Tea Party) that continues to cheer for BO.
Twisted and convoluted reasoning. Senseless.
23And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
24And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
25And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many
Daniel was a loser and paranoia strikes deep.
Thanks for that. For a moment I thought all the antichrist stuff was silly. Incidentally, I know who the antichrist REALLY is. It's a guy named Burt Hanson and he lives in a suburb of Kansas City.
next these clowns will try to paint Obama as a NYC hot dog vendor. Vote all these right wing idiots out in 2012. This country needs to move on from the distractions and obstructions.
They may not realized it but these people in this Ant-Christ movement are sabotaging Romney's and Perry's presidential candidacies through this misguided assumption. Romney's and Perry's professed strong religious beliefs (of which is their rights) will likely linked them to this group but intelligent americans should realize that this should not be.
The freaks already lost their chance to claim an anti-christ. A little late too, seeing as Cheney has done as much damage as he could. Anyway, typical of hard times, the ignoramis clan surfaces and uses fear to try and wrest control over what lemmings they can. Nazi germany arose out of the ashes of a collapsed economy and no direction as a country. Leave it to the God freaks and the media to make a mountain out of a molehill. We "real Americans" are sick and tired of idiots using fear on others as a way to gain some kind of control over their pathetic lives.
Who is brown, has socialistic tendencies and believes in healthcare for all? Well, that would be Jesus Christ. So, Obama can't be the anit-christ because he is doing everything that Christ did.
Well said! What people tend to miss is that, President was fine before he becamse President. He will fine in 1216. He was already financially secure and educated. He has a willingness and a sense of obligation to turn the country around and try to makae America what it was.
The lamb opens the seals: 1st Seal: Creature cries out; "Come foreword" A white Horse, it's rider had a bow and was given a crown. He rode forth victorious, ready to conquer again. 2nd Seal: Second creature cries out. A red horse, with rider given power to rob the world of peace: Given a sword; 3rd Seal: Third creature cries out. A black horse. Rider with pair of scales in hand. Expensive Food. 4th Seal: Fourth creature cries out. A sickly green horse. Rider is Death. These are given authority over one quarter of the Earth to kill with sword and famine and plague and the wild beasts of the earth. 5th Seal: The martyrs cry out for justice. They are told to be patient a little longer until the quota of them is filled. 6th Seal: Violent earthquake: Sun turns black: Moon turns red. Stars fall from the sky. Sky disappears. Mountains and islands ripped from their base. Rich and poor hide in the mountains and caves. They cry out to mountains to fall on them and hide them. The great day of vengeance has come. Who can withstand it?
Well I love our President AntiChrist if those Christians in the GOP would let him do his work maybee he could save us from the hole that the Christian Bush left us in.
How sad. While certain people in our country worry about myths about invisible Gods and Devils, our countries real problems go unsolved.
heaven help us ...
Religion Poisons Everything.
I agree. We "create" stuff in our own image. If triangles had gods, they'd have three sides.
So the religious wingnut paid $250 to get into the House of Blues fundraiser just to yell that Obama is the Antichrist. Thank you, religious wingnut, for contributing $250 to Obama's re-election campaign.
Any other contributors??!!
"Martha get my torch, yee haw!"
Racism plain and simple!!!!
No, just gullible stupidity.