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. ajgorm

    As the sky turns black and the light of day vanishes you will be offered a choice...beware of the false prophets they will offer you salvation have faith...Earth to Obama come in Obama...Ground control to Major Tum !

    September 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • The Antichrist

      Umm.. Yeah false profits like pat robertson and the like that say you can have salvation....Are you sure you are reading that right...

      September 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Toby

      "As the sky turns black and the light of day vanishes..." It happens every 12 or so hours everyday. I don't get it?

      September 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
  2. Toby

    Bush Jr is the antichrist so this is a mute point.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      You mean it can't talk? I don't get it, why is it mute?

      September 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • BeamMeUpScotty

      No, Bush Jr believed he was the second coming of Jesus Christ!

      That is why, I quote Bush Jr said: "we are on a crusade against the evil-doers"

      September 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Toby

      I apologize for the error of my ways. Moot point.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  3. ray

    so what was ronald regan

    September 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  4. BCA

    Ridiculous! Everyone knows it's really Sam Niel.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  5. uriel2013

    Now I'm definitely voting for him!
    The ludicrous hatred for Obama borders on silliness. The Anti-Christ; really?! I thought he was a Muslim. Or was it not a natural born citizen. Wait no, he's the most socialist President we've ever had. Man I can't keep up with all of them. Whatever, its all obstructionist BS that should be ignored

    September 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • BeamMeUpScotty

      White people don't like COLOR people in authoritative positions.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  6. MS

    The antichrist is a recent Christian invention. The word antichrist only appears four times in the Bible, and it isn't in Revelation. It's amazing how little Christians know about their own religion.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  7. Anne

    The absurdity of it all........

    September 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  8. Banlin

    Obama, Buckhman, Perry, Palin, Clinton, the Pope, or Pat Robertson are not the Anti Christ, Islam is the anti Christ!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Truthteller

      Actually, if you pick up the Qua ran or even the bible some time you might realize all three monotheistic religions believe in the same god. Islam recoginizes Jesus existed and are followers of Abraham. How they all ended up hating each other shows the ignorance of religion.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • alex

      I turly feel sorry for you...

      September 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • shaun

      no, the antichrist is Oprah

      September 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  9. Sam

    Anti-christ no. IDIOT yes

    September 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • BeamMeUpScotty

      The IDIOT who:
      1. Who ended the recession in less than 3 months of his presidency.
      2. Who stopped the rising unemployment rate with 2 years of positive GDP growth.
      3. Who has lowered your taxes.
      4. Who is ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, saving the US over $1T dollars.
      5. Who is getting people to pay for their own health insurance instead of having other tax-payers pick up the tab
      6. Who actually understands SUPPLY-side economics and why the Bush Tax Cuts hurts SUPPLY-side economics
      etc ...

      September 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  10. dowdotica

    what a bunch of idiots. if they are looking for the Antichrist they outta look at a certain country in the middle east, hint. Obama is nothing more then a new scape goat for the other wise extreme lunatic fringe and of that crop of people who think he is so bad? Then tell them all to buy airline tickets and go to that certain middle east country that i mentioned! dip thongs!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  11. Joop Kaashoek

    Can we ship all these so-called evangelicals to Israel? And then supply their needed meds through the water system?

    September 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  12. alex

    A guy who wants’ everyone to have health care, to take from the rich and give to the poor is the Antichrist??? Yeah that sounds about right...if JC was around today the right will call him a socialist and would want to crucify him and the right are suppose to be the christen, moral, conservatives??? Yeah right…they are only christen when it benefits them.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • The Antichrist

      Revelations says that Jesus will come back as a bad ass that is going to kill everyone left behind after the "rapture"...So wouldn't I (the antichrist) be the opposite of that. So if new Jesus I a murdering physo path, (republican Party) then wouldn't the antichrist be a someone that would be trying to save everyone, much like the original Jesus? I personally buy into what the History Channels says, that Jesus was an Alien and will come back with his space ship buddies....Its the History Channel it has to be true

      September 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  13. Chris

    We don't even have any proof Jesus existed other than books written decades even centuries after he supposedly lived. If he was so powerful and relevant why didn't anyone talk about him during his lifetime? So, without a christ we can't have an antichrist. Next question!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Banlin

      Chris, is your name I guess you don't exist.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • BeamMeUpScotty

      Anybody who was claimed to have been borned to a virgin, does not exist.

      Other than that, EVOLUTION proves that "Jesus Christ" is unnecessary.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  14. hmm

    actually the anti Christ is religion itself which claims to represent Christ but does the opposite

    September 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Study More

      That's Satanism....the anti-christ is supposed to be the son of Satan within recent Christian lore and his coming portends the final battle between good and evil before Jesus returns for his 1000 year reign on Earth. All malarky, but please get your mythology straight before making such comments.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • John Winfield

      Isn't that the Church of Satan. The Satanic Bible is really just the anti-bible.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  15. ibanezerscrooge

    hmmm... I have been told that the anti-christ will be someone who survives a normally fatal head wound and makes a miraculous recovery and then rises to tyrannical power. No idea where that is in the bible or if it's even in there at all as I have never been able to find it, but Rep. Giffords came to mind when it came up.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  16. Jim8

    When will be be smart enough to get past the foolishness of religion?

    September 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  17. Descarado

    We may not find the perfect candidate to make America well again, but we know that we must take away the keys to Air Force One in 2012 from this clueless community organizer.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      and all of the human excrement in the House and Senate. That is where the problem lies

      September 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Rodney


      September 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  18. JoeProfet

    That is totally absurd. Obama is an atheist.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • BeamMeUpScotty

      Obama has to pretend to be a real Christian for political reasons. Anybody who runs for political office in the US has to pretend to be Christian – if they are not really a Christian.

      Because when folks attack him as anti-Christ or Muslim, it is really an attack to remind white voters that Obama is not like them – that he is BLACK.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • aubrie

      Correction: He is Caramel.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  19. The Antichrist

    Ha Ha I fooled you all again... That's right, think that the guy who wants to help the middle class and save America is the devil, its not the guy in Texas putting innocent people to death, no it is not that guy....Trust Me....

    September 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  20. WhatWhatWhat?

    What's wrong with you people, it's all so clear and truthful. Osama Bin Laden is actually still alive. Obama went to get him as part of the final anti-christ plan to Islam-ify the world, and together they are the anti-christ. Get with it!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • The Antichrist

      SHHHHH!! you'll ruin it!

      September 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
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