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. Jeffrey K. Mann

    Yes, yes, yes. And folks have alleged the anti-Christ to be Ronald Reagan, and Gorbachev, and Saddam, and the European Union, and thousands of others since the writing of Revelation. So, allegations of Obama as the anti-Christ are hardly newsworthy... unless you're campaigning for him on CNN.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • Tony Baloney

      He's an ape man, he's an ape, ape man, he's an apeman! He's a King Kong man, he's a voo doo man, he lives like an ape man!

      September 28, 2011 at 8:32 am |


    September 28, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • Alyssa

      Rules of etiquette for not screaming on a message board?

      September 28, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  3. CrazyPete

    If you are a Christian then you believe in the Antichrist. He's coming around sometime. The real question is how to recognize the beast. Maybe you could perform an allergen test on Obama using ground up bible or something. It he gets a red welt on his arm he is either the antichrist or allergic to ink/ wood pulp.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  4. dreucalypt

    Just how crazy does the religious right have to get before people get the notion that there is something the matter with them?

    September 28, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  5. slickster211

    Today's so called Christians act like the Jewish Pharisees of old that had Jesus killed.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • LawdJeebuz

      I agree. Jesus would slap these so called "Christians" in the face. I actually wish Obama was of the Muslim faith...Christians are a pathetic group nowdays.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  6. KXD

    Can we all just agree that Christians, Muslims, and all other religious people pose a greater threat to humanity than any other single source?

    September 28, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • Tony Baloney

      Yes, with one exception...and that being Odummy, the ape man

      September 28, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • Chara

      KXD, I agree with you. Good luck on figuring out a viable solution.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  7. Cycoblitz

    Well, they called him everything else, why not let their fear create another label. At least it's not a racial slur. Just the ramblings of a scared, lost, misimformed dreamer.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  8. Zak

    OMG – Get a LIFE.
    These same evangelicals said the world was going to an end last year, now October.... then then then...
    Now they're saying Obama is the Antichrist? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is why Christianity is discredited time and time again.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • 11:11

      Sigh...it amazes me how one sect of "Christians" is the "same" as any other sect. It's not like there is an Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Methodist, Baptist, etc... sect. They must all think exactly the same. Yep that sure is how any free thinker should see it.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • KXD

      Another ironic development to the end of the world... How many so-called Christians are buying into the Mayan 2012 doomsday conspiracy as well? It's bad enough that all of the Christian literature is twisted to fit their demented desires of apocalypse but, now they want to latch onto an entirely separate belief structure's destruction myth just because it fits their view of the end of the world.

      Christians are becoming the most dangerous religion on the planet. I personally think they are no better than any group in the world that seeks to impose order based on their personal flavor of fairy tale. (Yeah, I just compared fundies to al qaeda, et al)

      September 28, 2011 at 8:33 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Tens of thousands of sects of Christianity, each with their own interpretation of scripture – and each one assured of their inerrant righteousness.
      They can't all be right, but they can certainly all be wrong!

      September 28, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  9. Bobs your uncle

    Doesnt this article belong on the ridiculist? I cant believe this is even news. Every president is branded the antichrist.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • Alyssa

      It's not the news, it's a blog. Learn the difference.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  10. Leo

    And that is the problem with the crazy-as-all deeply religious people. It's arrogant enough to claim humans know who/what 'god' is and how the earth was created, even worse that we are still acting like these people have any legitimacy in the logical world at all.

    The Bible is a great story for morals, but if you didn't do your homework on a book that came out 100 years after the killing of a good man and can't comprehend how that text has nothing to do with what was actually written by anyone who was Jesus' friend at the time, given that people barely lived to 50 at the time, then you should not vote ever again.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • Ryan

      It's actually not even a good story for morals when taken as a whole. There are a few good moral stories in it, but plenty of bad ones too.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  11. R

    I do not think Jesus, if existed, was a good character. All good things said in his messages, were nothing new, even during his time. Only new thing he gave to mankind was a belief system. That has created more problem than anything else. Same true for Muhammad and other prophets, avatars and all such nut jobs. I strongly believe, Jesus deserved death what he got. History after that prove my statement.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • Leo

      Jesus didn't do that. Bible came out and published by the 'church' way after his death. Simple fact that most people are critically missing. Would you accept that kind of fact checking in this age? NEVER MIND that people were calling BS on the 'fact checking' when the Bible came out.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • R

      If Bible came out late, than how much we know about Jesus ? Apart from bible, what are Historical records we have about Jesus. there is no proof that Jesus even existed. that is why I wrote, Jesus, "If existed" and considering "bible" as his message.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  12. George

    I know he isn't the anti-christ because I am the anti-christ.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • R

      If Obama is anti Christ, then he is my Hero. But he is modern politician and almost all modern politicians are pro-Christ. That is why we have all these problems.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • Tony Baloney

      Any tool, even a Dumbocrud, can tell you that Obama is the beginning of the end of the GReat USA

      September 28, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  13. Thoughtdog

    Let the fear mongering continue......

    September 28, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  14. Vortex

    Why so much nonsensical attention paid to this or ANY president? Keep your eyes on Congress, Congress and Congress. They make law and they spend the money. 435 Americans decide the fate for over 300 million....seems lopsided.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  15. RichG

    Must be Kirk Carmeron.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Where your crocoduck?

      September 28, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  16. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    Send the anti christ over to paint my house please.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  17. Jay

    I believe that currently ALL politicians are applying for the AntiChrist position in so much as they don't give a damn about what is good for the USA only what gets them further down the road and feathers their own nests better and better on the back of average American taxpayers who are struggling and none of our elected officials care!

    September 28, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  18. Geotigg

    It never ceases to amaze me how big a blond spot some people have to the truth...

    One of Jesus' principle teachings was that the fortunate should care and provide for the less fortunate. How can a man who is advocating for the less fortunate be the Anti-Christ??

    September 28, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • Your god is a fossil

      In his advocating for the less fortunate he is taking money away from the more fortunate, causing them to become less fortunate themselves, an overall downward effect

      September 28, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  19. Chris

    Not really news here. Millions were calling Pres GW Bush the AntiChrist as well. They called him that because of his war mongering and massive defense ramp-up in the name of peace. THey call Obama the Anti-Christ because he wanted to provide healthcare to the poor, allow more gays to serve in the military, ensure fair pay for women and because he won a Peace Prize. Yep- I can see the similarities.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • D

      I agree. Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong? Read 10x fast.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  20. Qwerty1

    Does there really need to be a matter of discrepancy between the transcripts concerning what the guy said when there's video of the whole thing?

    Neither of those transcripts are 100% correct. The guy clearly starts out with the quote from the WH transcript, followed by repeated shoutings of "Jesus Christ if God" and then ending with "You are the anti-christ" before being taken away.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:17 am |
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