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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. Howie

    Anyone who actually believes in something called the 'Anti-Christ' or the 'end times' needs to wake up. People – it isn't 1632 any more. We have actual knowledge now, which is a VAST improvement over faith. All you morons who cannot comprehend reality, just go back to the holy land and fight it out with the rest of the nutjobs to see who gets to be king of nutjob land. Hopefully you all kill each other in a demonstration of natural selection improving the gene pool. We don't need you here.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Cody

      If there is no God then we both die and lose everything. This is what u are saying, because when you die you will lose all the knowledge you have stored up. On the other hand, if God is real and you chose not to believe you still lose everything and anyone who does follow God the Creator, will gain everything.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Biron

      You said:" Wake up." ......through regeneration, by the power of the Holy Spirit, under the authority of the blood of Christ, because of the will of God....I am awake. Irresistable grace is the ultimate cup of Coffee.
      Careful with that snooze button. If you hit it too many times, you'll be too late.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @Cody You are confusing god, and specifically the Christian god, with the questions of afterlife and consciousness. That's a fairly typical thing for Christians to do. Also, we are talking questions of fact, not questions of what bums you out.

      @biron Lay off the Red Bull. Your system obviously can't handle the rush.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  2. superfudge1

    I love listen to the liberals cry about Christianity and how awful it is. Do they dare say that about the other religions we are all supposed to be "tolerant" about? Blah. What hypocrites.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • HellBent

      Christianity is OVERWHELMINGLY the predominant religion in this country, hence the focus on it. Get over yourself.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • superfudge1

      Therefor it is okay to bash it? You tiny little person.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  3. JC

    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 1:13 pm |
  4. J-Ex

    You're just getting this notion 4 years later?? of course many evangelicals think Obama is the antichrist and the've been throwing that around since 2008....though I admit it seems to have toned down some since then. Anyone who reads the Bible and knows what the anti-christ calling cards are, know Obama is NOT the anti-christ.. But unfortunately many Christians never even crack open the Bible and base their theology on what is feed to them from the pulpit and Christian media outlets.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • petej0

      I remember liberals calling Bush the AntiChrist. These people are all crazy and do not represent their party.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • J-Ex

      There's "crazies" on both sides and right down the middle....if you notice the sane, sensible people usually keep quiet.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  5. Bill

    What is this I don't even

    September 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  6. popseal

    We Christians have been trying to identify anti-christ since 95AD+ and the first publication of the Book of Revelation. It's the 'spirit' of the character that actually matters. While one day he'll be bad enough, the ongoing influence of evil is always about, degrading and destroying God's creation. As for the sock puppet in the White House, well, he'll just go the way of Carter and Clinton, being reduced to an unwanted voice dividing America and confusing the world.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • palintwit

      Oh, just bite me already.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  7. STUPID PEOPLE ARE EVERYWHERE

    RUN!!!!!!!! RELIGION IS SPREADING~!!!!!! oh, wait, its not, its dieing off... oh thank god! and here i was all scared that religion was being taken seriously... happy people aren't really that dumb ! 😉

    September 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • J-Ex

      If you read any type of history it is wrought with ebbs and flows of faith followings....society gets bad enough that people say hey wait a minute this isn't working, we need more structure in our society and there's a ferverent return to faith and religion......eventually the religious zealouts get out of hand and people start to revolt against religious tyranny and there's a push away from any religion or faith following and then the cycle repeats. Human kind has never been able to find a harmoniuos balance in anything, including religion and politics.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • John14:6

      There really is no need to degrade anyone. You don't have to believe what you don't want to believe. But, there really is no need for name calling or any of your rude comments. Jesus NEVER pushed Himself on anyone instead He offered His salvation to EVERYONE. So, there really is no need for you to push your agenda here. Just an observation.........Thanks!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  8. Cody

    The book of 1 John tells us that the antichrist will deny that Jesus is the Christ and will deny God the Father. Obama clearly stated he agreed that Jesus is Lord. If he was the antichrist then he would have just ignored the man and moved on. In my opinion, Obama is not the antichrist for this reason

    September 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • Biron

      That's also speculative. Even the devil knows that Christ is Lord. The question is....has he walked to the cross in union with Christ and have his sins been shattered?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  9. Tratheist

    Well, even if Obama is the Antichrist, he is not the first, and will probably not be the last. There is ALWAYS and Antichrist in the mix who is able to stand and deliver.

    "Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father." (Matthew 24)

    That means that Satan/Lucifer/Whatever does not know the time of the end of days either, so he must be ready to act when it occurs. So, he must always have someone ready to step into the role.

    Based on the opinion of the current Iranian President/Dictator, I would say he is a great candidate. He would love to destroy Israel, and he says that Iran is a great model for the future of our civilization.

    But, then again, I am an Atheist, so it is all crap to me.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • Biron

      That verse speaks about the return of Jesus. The rise of the antichrist happens after. Since Christ has not come back...the antichrist has not revealed himself. We need to be more literal. This is speculation. Obama is not the AntiChrist. If he is....he has alot of work to do before he fits the bill.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  10. u r a nutjob

    You people are behind the times. Fox is ahead of everybody. They have already scooped this issue and are repoting it as fact. Apparently, Satan is their guest analyst.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  11. TCP

    Is there an anti-Christ?

    September 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • The Antichrist

      Yeah, I live in Pennsylvania. how are you?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  12. Biron

    The antichrist personality is not a guess work. The antichrist is self revealing. He will literally proclaim himself to be God.

    "Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”

    It also states that he will wage war against the tribulation saints (those saved after the rapture)...and that he will conquer them. So the Saints will be martyrs. It's all very specific.

    “The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.”

    Obama is not the Anti-Christ. Hitler had the closest matching criteria and even he failed the qualifications.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Rock

      Doesn't there have to be Christ for the anti-Christ to exist?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Biron

      I get it, you're saying God isn't real. To answer your question with equal sarcasm.....duh.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  13. weemees

    Pretty funny fundamentalists, and I'm bugs bunny!

    September 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      What's up doc?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  14. wow!

    Obama is not the Antichrist. Know your history. The antichrist is not a single person, its a religion. That apostate religion is the religion that killed more Christians than anyother organization in history. It killed people in the name of the cross and it's leader throught history has claimed to even be God. It's the Roman Catholic Church. Revelation 13 and Daniel 2&7 menions a kingdom that would come up after Rome ans blashepeme God, change times ans laws and kills the saints. Roman Catholacism fits all these aspecs. Paul spoke of a man that would sit in the body of Christ claiming to be God."the pope" which means father. Antichrist in this context doesnt mean blantanly against Christ but rather claiming to be in the place of Christ. Revelaition mentions two kingdoms that come out of Rome, in which they spread religion with the sword. These two religions faught in the crusades. The first kingdom has deminished in power which is Roman Catholacism and the next kingdom is Rising which is Islam. This is the last kindgom/ religion before the return of Christ.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  15. Sam

    Im from North Carolina, and there are black people there who literally claim and believe that he is a Messiah. More than a few nutcases too.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • weemees

      ALl religions are funny when you look at them closely.A lot of power and not much sanity.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • TCP

      Liar.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  16. johnny popper

    don't we also have big money's movement to use it's media complex to shore up its bought and paid for candidate in the polls by portraying him as the victim? Isn't this what this article is really about? It will probably work too....sadly. Portray him as persecuted, the victim and pray the homers in the voting community come around to the defense of "their guy". Little do they know he's really your guy and the your interests run diametrically opposed to the working American's.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • weemees

      I don't think he's a victim, but he certainly has been treated very poorly by the Republicans/Tea PArtiers and most Americans know it, including many balanced Republicans. Study the record everything he has tried to do, including implementing many Republican ideas they have said "NO" too -

      September 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  17. Darwin was right

    In the years before the CIVIL WAR, THOUSANDS of Evangelical Christian PREACHERS in the South stood up in their pulpits every Sunday and preached that 1) the Bible supports SLAVERY 2) Blacks are little better than intelligent monkeys 3) Slavery is the "natural condition" of Black people. After they lost the war, they continued to PREACH HATRED and OPPRESSION of non-whites, with support for SEGREGATION, DENIAL OF VOTING RIGHTS, prohibition of inter-racial marriage, etc. etc. With a record like THAT, they should be ashamed of themselves and get on their knees for forgiveness of all the EVIL THEY'VE COMMITTED!

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

      Amen.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • MrHanson

      Actually it was Darwin that taught (and is still teaching) black people were inferior. Also I suggest you learn history. Just look up John Newton.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  18. jschiizzy

    it's dumb articles like this that get the conversation going. I'm surprised this isn't on Fox, it probably will be. This is so dumb. Let's please stop talking about this before it becomes more mainstream for no good reason. Let the crazies be crazy. There are always some.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • The Antichrist

      Fox will report it a breaking news. They will probably have foxberts / biblical scholars to back it all up

      September 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      Fox is already reporting this as fact. they apparently have Satan as a guest commentator!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  19. Fred (Canada)

    The problem with Obama is that after the Bush legacy people were looking for the messiah and sure enough the public plaxed almost messiah like expectations on him. He was doomed to fall as the expectations on him were just too lofty. He is but a mere mortal but although I am not an American, I do believe he has your countries best interest at heart. He is not the anti-christ and neither is he a saviour. He is a man who is trying to do his best within a divided country with a fractured economy. I hope he is given another opportunity.. As for the anti-christ, I believe it is not one person but all those people who use their particular religion to spew hatred, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.... But this is not just an American issue, we in Canada and other parts of the world have our own divisions and difficulties to work through....

    September 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • The Antichrist

      Blame Canada....

      September 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • TCP

      He placed those expectations on himself...

      September 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Mike Gould

      Amen Brother!!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • chinagirl71

      "Very nicely said.........1st intelligent comment I've seen after reading this article and wow! It's coming from someone living outside of the United States. Sometimes, you have to be outside the box looking in.Thank you!"

      September 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • snoopsig

      Well said, Fred. That was a pleasure to read.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • weemees

      Great response.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • John Richardson

      When I voted for Obama despite my libertarian leanings, I told my two far more left leaning brothers that while many Obama voters are voting for a messiah, I'm voting for a promising technocrat – and I predicted I'd be happier with my vote than most would end up being. But remember people. if it wasn't Obama and Biden (and I loathe Joe Biden), it would be McCain and Palin running the show now!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  20. cosmicsnoop

    Yet another example to add to the question: These people should be taken seriously why exactly?

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

      As a christian I would have to agree. I guess the real question is "is CNN trying to garner more hate for Christians by painting us all in the same light?"

      September 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
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