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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. sf

    all these posts just proves how retarded americans are! this country is an embarrassment to the human race!

    September 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • The Antichrist

      Just Half of us, civil war II anyone

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

      I bet there will be a congressional hearing to see if Obama is in fact the anti-christ.

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

      We should voluntarily give up the South. they are all Well fare states anyway.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • TCP

      Spread the word to end the word. You are showing nothing but your ignorance with this post.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  2. SAM FROST

    @Clay
    Well there's nothing wrong with "Faith." Faith is good. It's the action taught by other that result in violence, hate, and carnage, and blamed it on faith is what don't like. Is their a higher purpose? Sure, but to say that i'm right and your wrong is unprovable. Who is to say the 7 days God took to create the universe isn't a metaphor for evolution?

    September 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • The Antichrist

      Take God out of Religion and it would work

      September 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • Nick

      Replace the word GOD with: "My imaginary friend" and see what you sound like.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  3. Bill

    A missionary and evangelical man I know has called the following people Anti-Christ at various times: Benny Hinn, Saddam, Micheal Jackson, Obama. The bible talks of only 1 anti-christ, not many. So, make up your mind.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      Did you say Benny Hill? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I would have never guessed

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

      The Bible actually talks about many anti-christs, as an antichrist is just anyone who is against Christ, not an enemy that has to be defeated.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  4. James S

    Its just very sad that fellow Christians are engaging in these type of activities and saying these type of things about anyone but especially the President of the United States. I understand you may not like Obama, but if you believe in Christ we know that those type of actions not only make you look bad, but it paints Christianity as some sort of religion that will do anything, to anyone. God knows all, so if the election of Barack Obama was allowed by the Almighty, who are we to argue. Are we that bold to argue against God's decision. When 2012 comes, head to the polls and vote for whoever you want, but the attacks, name calling, slandering is not needed. That is why we have a democratic system. On another not concerning many of the GOP candidates, people shouldn't buy everything they are selling. If someone has to tell me over and over they are a Christian, I see red flags, because the Lord says these things should be seen by our actions, and not by trying to draw the attention of other Christians who have been convinced that Obama is the Anitchrist. No matter what you or I think of Obama, Perry, Romney, Gingrich, or any other person. ALL Things are in God's will and they will be done no matter what we say or CNN or FOX reports. Do not conform to this world, pray for this world. God Bless

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

      Prayer? Why don't we do something useful that will actually work?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • James S

      See that is the problem, we think that we can fix everything. Slandering someone is not fixing anything. If you don't think prayers and Faith in Jesus is enough to fix any problem. I would advise you to look deeper into your Bible (If you are a believer). The more you try to control outcomes, the more you get into the way of Christ. You can do things to promote whoever you want to vote for in 2012, but the things that get posted and reported on the News and paper every day is not the way to handle it. They are paid for ratings- and negativity sales. We don't have to buy it though.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  5. Rahul

    Islam has its Taliban. Christianity these anti-Christ evangelicals. Buddhists have "metta", loving-kindness for all. Easy choice.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  6. My God's Bigger Than Yours

    This makes me sick to my stomach. LEAVE THE POOR MAN ALONE! He's doing the best he can, you racist, rethuglican, fanatical Christian morons!

    September 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      Go vomit, you will feel better

      September 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  7. John J. Puccio

    Wait. I thought Obama was a Muslim. No, I mean a Socialist. Sorry, I meant a Hitler dictator. Or, wait, now he's the Antichrist? Maybe if we vote for Bachman, she can pray away all the devils in the country. The really scary thing is that a lot of people in this so-called "educated" country actually believe that. Ultraconservative Republicans: Anti-science, anti-government, anti-gay, anti-black, anti-Muslim, anti-Hispanic, anti-anything but white Christian. (And not just any Christians, either, because they're anti-Catholic and anti-Mormon, too.)

    September 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  8. Me

    Reading this article I think we touched the buttom of our stupidity........... We should look back and see who really is the responsible for our mess, not just accus one man. I feel very sad as american to hear such things.

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

      The evangilicals are worried that their tax exempt status will be removed and they will be taxes as corporations as they should. The "flock" that blondly follows their church leaders will continue this rant as long as they can to keep "God's" money for themselves !

      September 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  9. ohWoW

    If he's the anti-christ, then Palin is the harlot in the blue dress.. when you select pieces of religious dogma to satisfy your P.O.V. you end up with 9/11 (yep I said it) .BE CAREFUL!!!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      you give Palin way too much credit! Baaaaachman is a sheep.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  10. Gomer

    Who knew the Antichrist would be completely thwarted by such a slipshod system of checks and balances? Go mortals!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      LMFAO!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  11. Sean Russell

    Isn't the anti-christ supposed to be very powerful, persuasive, and tyrannical? From what I've seen, the President lacks any of those qualities. He's barely able to hold on to his progressive coalition. He hasn't persuaded the opposition to support him and he has barely gotten any of his programs through.

    Also, sorry to dissappoint all you bible-thumpers. But the anti-christ is also supposed to lure a lot of the faithful away from the true faith. But religionists generally reject Obama's message. The anti-christ will actually be somebody that seems to be like Christ at first. He will lure many faithful to his message, and then reveal himself. Since Obama's message appeals more to non-religious people, and hardly any evangelicals- he is clearly not the anti-christ.

    Rick Perry, on the other hand, has a lot of those qualities- slick salesman, able to lure the faithful with his message, which seems to be christ-like but is actually completely opposite of Christ's teachings. Let's not forget how he constantly says he was CHOSEN BY GOD to lead America. Now, THAT's an anti-christ.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  12. Fred Powell

    This hatred must stop. if not, it will tear our country apart. Disagree all you want, but with respect. I can not help but think this all started with his race. If he was white would this be going on? Of course now that the ice has been broken will it be any different when a white is back in office? Our country is going down the tubes with all this divisiveness! ! !

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

      It truly is unfortunate. America is great however, it is plagued by her own history. Read through the comments below and above and any outsider looking in will surely see a people still divided by race. Obama becoming President has exposed America for what she really is deep down inside. It's embarrassing.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  13. Descarado

    Obama is not the anti-Christ. Obama is an Affirmative Action empty suit who has been given a free pass his entire adult life because of the color of his skin. Along with the adoration of the boobtube bobble-heads, that free pass got him into The White House. Hilarious!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • M. Lewis

      Please google "george bush antichrist" and see how many pages of hits you get. No this did not start because of Obama's race.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • rlsanchez

      reallyyyyy?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • Scot

      Free pass ? To graduate from Harvard Law School with honors ! Free pass my ass, he worked hard to get that I wish most people would have that kind of ambition !

      September 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • John Richardson

      When Hugo Chavez called George Bush the antichrist, the American left criticized him severely.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  14. MessageAmerica

    Wow..most of you need to re-read Revelations..Those of you who suggest Obama displays "traits" and those of you who attempt to compare Obama to the Antichrist will surely be deceived when the true Antichrist appears..The biggest problem with Christianity is....CHRISTIANS

    September 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  15. JC

    I really don't care what every person here filled with unbelief. This why is called Faith. Praise God, we're excited about His return. I rejoice everyone here who is expecting the return of the Great and Mighty King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. The bible says the Kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force. Praise God as the earth continues to groan for the revelation of the sons of God. Pains of birthing the bride of Christ. What a time we're living, eyes have not eyes nor ears heard those things God has instore for those the Love Him and follow His commandments. The hour draws near. The bible says that in these last days while the last trumpet is sound, He will tell the angels of heaven to gather both the wheat and the shaft and safeguard the wheat into the barn, but burn the shaft into the fire. Praise God, that although He is all merciful and Good and Love, He is also a God that is not shaken by wickedness. Praise God that His greatest act of His Love was given His life for us in Calvary! oh what an experience is when one is born again, and our sins have been forgotten by the Living God, is something that cannot be explain with words but is a peace that transcends all understanding. and YES we're ready for His coming!!!! Praise God all you saints in the earth and you Host in the Heavens for the Day of The Living God draws near!!!! of You heavens show your signs and you earth tremble at the voice of the Almighty!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • paulm5545

      Um, I believe the bible also said nobody will know the time or hour of the end time, so how on earth would you know if it is near or not?

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

      All fairy tales. Every last story, psalm, passage etc. The bible was edited to suit the Catholic church's agenda and the sheep follow

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

      Paul,

      He said we would not know the day nor the hour....did you know that we are celebrating Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish feast, that has many names one being "you know not the day or the hour.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • JC

      Their is one thing that is undeniable, the sings in the heavens, meteroids, sings on the earth, earthquakes, sumanies, etc,,,but one thing that is undeniable is the peace that comes when one knowns that goodness and love and holiness rules the heart of those that wait for His coming. The bible says that in the last days their will be mockers as they were in the days of Noah, mocking. The Precious Lord Jesus said. "let the wicked do wicked things, but let the righteous do righteous things" For it shall be like in the days of Noah, man were drinking and partying until the door was shut!!! God has infuse us with His Spirit to know the times we're living in. Is hope that cannot be quench with man's wisdom but is revealed by the Spirit of the Living God to those have believed first by Faith and then confirm by a peace that transcends all understanding.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • andrew

      lunatics. all of you are complete loons. how is it that in 2011 there are still so many sun worshipers around? also, how is it that so many of you worshipers do not lead a straight as an arrow life if you believe in such a god??? honestly, if i thought a god was going to judge me or strike me down i'd be holding the door open for anyone, treating every single person with the utmost level of kindness etc. however, all of the "christians" almost never behave this way. what a joke. please take the crucifixes off of your necks people because it has become fashion, jewelry and a trinket. religilous!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • McCain-in-4

      It is one thing to be excited by Christ's Second Coming, but quite another to be deluded by lies and intentional false rumors. GOD wants us to decided For Ourselves, And Not Be Goaded Into The Path Of Evil Incarnate.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  16. paulm5545

    Lay the blame for all this idiocy on Washington State University history professor Matthew Avery Sutton. He is the one who claims "some" Christians think Obama has the traits of the Anti-Christ. I guess I would have to read his book to find out who "some" of these Christians are.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  17. u r a nutjob

    Seriously, we already know that Pee Wee Herman is the anti christ

    September 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • paulm5545

      Thank you for confirming what I've long suspected! What say you, Mr. Herman??

      September 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      sorry, i am in the middle of something......huh huh

      September 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  18. Ridiculous

    How is this even in print? If Obama is the anti-christ then I am too, and most of my friends and peers. Beyond insulting to my intelligence. I agree with what someone else said that people are so gullable – they beleive anything that is in print or said on television.

    When will we move beyond religion bashing – freedom of religion folks – chrisitan or not, it's none on my or your business and not relevant to leading the country. There is a reason for sepatation of church and state.

    Obama is more intelligent that you – get over it.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  19. Alex

    It's scary how similar these born again evangelicals and religious fundamentalist terrorist organizations sound..

    September 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  20. Generic User Name

    Beckie, please do your homework. I know you think you're scoring brownie points with some deity sitting up in the sky, but you're not. If you were even CASUALLY acquainted with mythology and the origin of your own religion, you would not be a Christian.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
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