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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. SAM FROST

    Do religious people understand that everything in religion is a metaphor, not actual science or real events? Nope, they don’t. They actually believe that Moses parted the Red Sea, and Jesus walked on water. Nonsense! Religion is a good thing at times, but not if you take it literally. So stop being stupid and use common sense. Jesus, Moses, Mohammad, Abraham, Buddha, and all the other characters are just people. People that served a purpose in their time and were immortalized for one purpose…..Controlling the masses.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Clay

      Why not? You believe that Monkeys magically turned into humans overtime and the universe was created by an explosion. There's no proof for either of those, so you follow them the same way we do: By FAITH.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • superfude1

      "Controlling the masses" so the government is on the same level as religion then?

      September 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Rebel Without A Clue

      Nice try Clay but science has supporting evidence, religion does not. Check out the fossil record some-time, or read up on some DNA research, you know, where people have tested things.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • superfude1

      Study Christian Apologetics (I know you've never heard of this before because you are an atheists) you will see that there is more historical proof of events that occurred in the bible to prove the existence and validly of Christianity.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • JBG

      Mr. Sam Frost. You are calling the King of Kings and the Lord of Lord Jesus a people? Jesus is the Son Of God. God created the universe and every breath you and me breathing right now is from God becuase of His mercies on us. How dare someone to compare Jesus with mohammad and buddha??? Jesus not only walked on water but he also gave His very last drop of blood for me and you becuase he loves us so deeply. God sent his only beggotton Son to die on the Cross for our Sins. Yes, the time is near, Please repent and beleive Jesus as your personal savior or when he comes you will be left out. Every knee shall bow every tongue confess that he is Jesus Christ the Lord. With a humble request please turm to God. Jesus is coming back to recieve his people who been waiting for his return. You are living right now because of Jesus's mercy. Not by out might but by His power. Time is near...this IS NOT NONSENSE ITS THE FACT.Please repent...I will pray that God would give you the true understanding about Jesus. Please take this in your heart. Thank You may God bless You

      September 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @JBG No, it IS nonsense.

      @Clay If god made humans, why did he makes us have 99% the same genes as chimps and bonobos?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  2. IronRider

    Obama is not the anti-christ in the christain bible....He's just an idiot and a puppet. Nothing more and nothing less.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      You mean, he's just like you?

      September 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  3. ajgorm

    From the dark of the night as the end nears will appear a bright light have faith ...

    September 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      just make sure your not in a train tunnel

      September 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  4. look no further than china.

    China hates christianity. And yet these so called patriots fill their carts with walmart chinese junk. While questioning the loyalty of the rest of us. China is a great deceiver.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  5. S Adams

    I don't think he's the anti-Christ. I know he's just an egotistical narcissistic person who was chosen by Soros because people could be guilted into voting for a black man to push Soros' Sal Alinsky agenda. He's just an inexperienced puppet.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Jadugara

      Yeah,...and you're just a useless, racist, over-zealous dweeb spewing rhetoric...

      September 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  6. jsimpso5

    @Beast Exposed: Thanks for helping me kill some time doing math at work. It was entertaining even though NONE of those matched up to 666 😀 Yeah, I really am that bored today. Nice try, buddy!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  7. Rebel Without A Clue

    Oh please. This is what happens when religious fruit-loops are allowed into politics. Total idiocy.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      You get the Republicans and teabaggers?

      September 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • Rebel Without A Clue

      You get people talking about anti-christs and other imaginary beings

      September 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • superfude1

      You're one of those tolerant liberals aren't you?

      September 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Rebel Without A Clue

      Well I'm certainly not a tolerant Christian, because from what I've seen, there's no such thing

      September 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  8. hawaiiduude

    if you want to see the anti christ look at the talmud http://www.rense.com/general67/znsm.htm

    September 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  9. john

    Wow...we are such a bunch of wack jobs....just wacked....incredible....

    September 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  10. Cosmos42

    Can we just all admit that if there is a god it just doesn't give two craps about us so we can get on to focusing our energies on real issues?

    September 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Steve

      Can't do that. If people did that, they'd have to admit that they're responsible for they're own problems and that they have to solve them by THEMSELVES. It's far easier to say that "The Invisible Man who lives in the sky" will do it for them if they pray and believe enough.Total BS.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  11. Clay

    Nobody is saying he is, some are just saying he might be. He does show a few traits of the Antichrist. I'm not saying he is, but if the rapture happens, then he could turn out to be the Antichrist... But I doubt the Antichrist would be this obvious. He's supposed to be the ultimate deceiver, we'd never catch on until it's too late to catch him.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Al

      Clay, stop typing. Dial 911 and tell them you need to see a shrink.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • petercha

      Good points, Clay.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • Clay

      Why would I need a shrink? I'm not doing anyone any harm, I'm trying to stop the misguided Christians from making us all look like idiots. If you have a problem with that, you should go find a country that doesn't believe in freedom of religion.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • paulm5545

      ...and it would appear that many, many people have already caught on to Mr. Obama.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Clay: Take a cold shower then have a nice crap.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • sarah

      Its horrible anyone would accuse or suspect anyone of being the "anti-christ". That's God's territory. All he asks is that you love your enemy and calling anyone the "anti-christ" is in direct violation of God's will.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • John

      What a bunch of crap! There is no rapture. You don't even understand your own bible, as much of it that is understandable of course.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Byrd

      Darn...I left off that pesky "thee" part again...Always doing that, but then Ernest has me covered nicely...Always ready to chime in with a few rounds when it tolls, for thee.....

      September 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Tomm Katt

      The ultimate deceiver left the Presidents office in 2008.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      What you call "freedom of religion", a rational person would call "freedom of delusion". If you keep your delusions to yourself and your own home, nobody would care. But, as delusion goes, you have to open you pie hole about it and prove how delusional you actually are. Way to go!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  12. Zaphod2000

    I love these so called christians who do not follow the teachings of their so called rereligion nor the bible they tend to quote and use when convenient. These are the same people who cheered about a 30 year old man with no health insurance. The same so called Christians who cheer that perry had executed 234 men but they don't believe in a woman's choice and they booed a gay serviceman who is serving so that these imbeciles have the right tto act worse tha n a bunch of monkeys! If anyone is the devil iis that bimbo from AK who has probably been banned from hell hherself because Satan and his devils can't stand her or that screeching annoying voice either!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • petercha

      Paint with a very broad brush much, Zaphod?

      September 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  13. Drobatin

    Are you f***ing kidding me? How is this even an article?

    September 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      you posted, didn't you?

      September 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Clay

      It's modern news, mate. They like to take seemingly unimportant statistics and events and blow them out of proportions to create a problem.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • hawaiiduude

      actually this Jesus hating religion will usher in the anti christ... http://www.rense.com/general67/znsm.htm

      September 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Jadugara

      Yes, u r a nutjob, he did post... What's your feeble point?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  14. sarah

    Calling someone the anti-christ is begging to disappoint God. Is sad to see his children behaving this way.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  15. SAM FROST

    Once Again.... Religion being used by Stupid!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      stupid is as stupid does

      September 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • manhandler

      Right on.......but religion, and I mean "organized religion" of whatever type is used by stupid because it IS incredibly stupid. I agree with Lenins observation..."religion is the opiate of the masses"........... because so many millions believe in something that has to logic and no evidence......as if they were all on drugs.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Jadugara

      Wow, u r a nutjob,...you just proved your own statement!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  16. Alicia

    I think everyone has lost their mind. I believe there is an "Anti-Christ".I believe it will be created not from President Obama, but from and through the hatred created by society. We as a people will not need an Anti-Christ. We have plenty of them walking around already, since time eternal. We as a society will be responsible for our own devastation. It is time that we all take responsibility for our mess, look in the mirror not at the President. He can look in his own mirror. We won't need a specific Anti-Christ. We have already destroyed and created misery on earth and society very well on our own without needing any assistance.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Bob Ramos

      There are some weird folks writing these articles.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • FRED HARTKOPF

      These comments just make me laugh

      September 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  17. Danteg8son

    There is no depth to which a committed political strategist will not go to discredit the opposing side. It's easy to believe that Obama's hacks would jump at the chance to capitalize on the comments of some whackjob evangelical. Obama's opponents would do the same, given the opportunity. It's all just meaningless flapdoodle.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  18. Kim

    I'm not the biggest Obama fan but this "rumor" is beyond ridiculous. I think apparently lots of people out there have simply lost their minds to believe such nonsense. What's really scary is that so many people are that gullible and ignorant. I guess you could tell them absolutely anything and they'd believe it. They must be the people who see Elvis in their toast or have green aliens as regular visitors. ....Oh brother.....

    September 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  19. S Adams

    Not sure about Obama being the anti-Christ, but I don't believe he is a Christian. He sat in his black theology, anti-American, anti-white church listening to Rev. wright spew vitriol. He must have believed it himself if he was a member for 20 Years & took his children there. He is also beginning to sound like Rev. wright in his speeches. Announcing he's a Muslim would have been political suicide so Rev.Wrights church was the closest thing he could find. Notice that he &his family are not members of any church since he took office. Hmmm....

    September 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • DropZoneMom

      So...let me get this straight: you're saying that 20 YEARS AGO, Obama had an inkling that he might run for President someday (provided he get the nomination), so he joined Rev. Wright's CHRISTIAN church so he could 'hide' his actual Muslim religion (cause...gee...he must have known 9/11 was going to happen, too). WOW. A President who can actually foresee the future. Oh–except when it comes to the economy, of course.

      Keep being a Tea Bagger, Adams. Keep supporting huge tax breaks for the rich, while increasing numbers of families fall below the poverty line because of republican ideology. That's really "christian" of you.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • look no further than china.

      Go buy more chinese junk, walmart patriot.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Jadugara

      Hmmm... Guess what? No one who's sane really cares... This is the most ridiculous article I've read today, and you have added to it by replying with one of the most insipid posts I have ever seen... If he attended a Christian church for 20 years, as you claim, then he's obviously not a Muslim, and for you to then claim he's not Christian as the opening statement of your post seems kind of foolish... Your logic is pathetic...and it's obvious you're just trying to find some weird way to spew rhetoric, sew the seeds of distrust and contempt, and heave up vitriolic slander for the sake of whatever misguided political/religious bandstand you are trying to preach from... Get a life...

      September 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Ed Galbraith

      S, Adams: Thanks for your "thoughtful" observations. Now go take a cold shower.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • I See Yellow

      Since there is more than one religion (or no religion) in the U.S., who gives a rat's ass whether or not he's a Christian? His job is to represent the entire country, not just the 75% or so who think that's the only religion. He could be the head of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and it shouldn't matter.

      Also, when Ronald Wilson Reagan (6+6+6) was President, he was labeled the Anti-Christ by wackjobs, too. How quickly we forget.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Rob

      Racist much? Typical. Collect a smattering of information from bias sources that perpetuate your ignorant conclusions which in turn does nothing but prop up your intolerance and lack of education.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Alicia

      Being a Christian makes you and all other Christians no better or worse than anyone else. Belonging to or going to church proves absolutly nothing. It is our actions and how we live our lives, how we treat others that define who we really are. If Jesus walked among us now he would view many Christians with great disapointment as he would with those of other religions. He would also find great disapointment with those of no religion. He would however,also find people of religion and of no religion that would warm his heart.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  20. Byrd

    If the hatred, ignorance, intolerance and greed of fundamentalist right represents the true spiritual manifestation of the Christian religion and its so-called MIA savior, then I am the anti-Christ.

    You're more than welcome to test that.....

    CTA

    September 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      No you wasted enough of my time

      September 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Jadugara

      Awww, is that a problem for you, u r a nutjob? Having your time wasted? You may want to reconsider all that time you waste praying to some invisible being in the sky for salvation then...

      September 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
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