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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. overeasy

    My favorite conceit here is just how many people define themselves by saying, "I'm a Christian!" as if that actually means anything at all. Trust me, I know you think it imbues you with some sort of special, magical power, but it does not. All it does is allow you to find solace and support from other self-identifying "Christians," and to exclude anyone who isn't. It is essentially, the exact opposite of what "Christianity" is supposed to be all about, a religion that sees no difference between peoples...and treats them all the same.

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

      Yeah, like how the bible says Christian god killed whole peoples 'cause they weren't the right type.

      And there are no true Scotsmen...

      September 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • petercha

      John 14:6
      "Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

      September 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Sid

      petercha, more like: Those Christian "fathers" do all the coming, into little kids that is.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Lee

      Please don't lump all Christians under 1 category. I have faith and believe in God and heaven. I don't care what you believe–so why do you care so much what I believe?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  2. Steven

    seriously!!!! I and most SANE people understand politics and each parties desire to win the Presidency, but really????? the Antichrist. People this is politics if you don't like the fellow, please vote, but vote on the subject matter. The country, economics etc.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • DJ

      Please wake me if the nation ever becomes that rational. I'll be in an induced coma in the meantime. I'm so beaten down and exhausted by the political harshness in this country.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  3. Clark Nova

    Ignorant twaddle from brain-dead fundamentalist christians and tea party drones.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  4. petej0

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

    September 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  5. WWRRD

    There should be an idiocy test before letting people vote.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • petercha

      Good idea, WWRRD. That way we can stop liberals from destroying our country.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  6. Joe the Plumber

    MORE PROOF OBAMA IS THE ANTICHRIST!!!

    The birth certificate that the White House released lists Obama's birth as August 4, 1961. It also lists Barack Hussein Obama as his father. No big deal, right? At the time of Obama's birth, it also shows that his father is aged 25 years old, and that Obama's father was born in "Kenya, East Africa". This wouldn't seem like anything of concern, except the fact that Kenya did not even exist until 1963, two whole years after Obama's birth, and 27 years after his father's birth. How could have Obama's father have been born in a country that did not yet exist? Up and until Kenya was formed in 1963, it was known as the "British East Africa Protectorate". But, this is not the only thing that I found that just does not jive.
    The other item that I looked into was the hospital that Obama was born in. On the birth certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is "Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital". This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called "KauiKeolani Children's Hospital" and "Kapi'olani Maternity Home", respectively. The name did not change to Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged. How can this particular name of the hospital be on a birth certificate dated 1961 if this name had not yet been applied to it until 1978

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

      SOOO HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BRAIN DEAD? OFFICIALLY.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • Nick

      Someone get this man a cookie.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      Do you need a silencer if you are going to shoot a mime?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Oh-Really?

      And god is white blonde hair blue eyed 6 foot 5 inch man as well... idiot!!!!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • jesh

      Right and the devil came to him and bless him him as the child of anarchy who will tain upon the world and bring the end. Then Obama will be the prince of darkness give me a break

      September 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • mike

      i dont believe you.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • CM

      I don't know, but who cares! Really? His mom is white and was born in the US, therefore Obama is an American. I don't care for his policies, but I also don't care where he was born. I wouldn't leave the US to have a baby in a mud hut if I had access to top notch medical care in Hawaii. Even if I were to have a child in another country, they would still be considered a US citizen as I am a US citizen. And even if he wasn't a US citizen, his mom was, so he's just as American as you and I! So who cares, LET IT GO! Stop being crazy and obsessive! If you don't like him, don't vote for him. But please stop the crazy insane nonsense of him being the ANTI-CHRIST! You people are ridiculous!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • wearejustparticles

      how can it be? It was photoshoped thats how, which was already proven.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • Joe the Plumber

      Your scenario would make him a naturalized citizen, not a natural born citizen – a requirement for the presidency...

      September 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Justin

      Of course, Kenya was an existing subdivision within British East Africa as were Uganda and Tanganyika as any examination of contemporary maps will show. Saying "Kenya, East Africa" was similar to saying, "New York, United States of America". Sad how the birthers grasp at straws.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Joe the Plumber

      Justin obtained his flawed response from Obama's "Attack Watch" website...

      September 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      Justin

      Of course, Kenya was an existing subdivision within British East Africa as were Uganda and Tanganyika as any examination of contemporary maps will show. Saying "Kenya, East Africa" was similar to saying, "New York, United States of America". Sad how the birthers grasp at straws.

      ----–
      When you hate so much you will do anything to keep the misinformation going and confusion.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Toks

      There really is no importance to all the nonsense you typed here. Obama the antihrist? You must be mentally unstable.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Joe the Plumber

      Under your definition of mentally unstable, 99.9% of the people on Earth who believe in religion are "unstable"... Go toke some more from your bong.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • John Richardson

      From Wikipedia: The British Empire established the East Africa Protectorate in 1895, from 1920 known as the Kenya Colony.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • DJ

      Joe: If you're convinced books are lying and it's all photoshopped/faked/etc, then just watch old movies from long before 1961, and you'll see many take place in or reference Kenya. 1961 was just the end of Colonial rule there. My guess is your hospital information is just as creaky.

      wearejustparticles: It's already been proven!? Listen, could you idiots at least accept the POSSIBILITY that anything found on extreme right OR extreme left blogs/sites is likely to be total fabrication, and just repeating it doesn't make it true.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Justin

      @Joe Nope. From my own independent research, coupled with family experiences in the area shortly after independence. A little further research shows the British East Africa Protectorate was promoted to crown colony status as the Colony of Kenya in 1920, except for a small coastal region which became the Protectorate of Kenya. "East Africa" was an informal name for the Uganda Protectorate, the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya, and the Tanganyika Territory (a Class B League of Nations Mandate administered by the UK). Kenya, East Africa was perfectly acceptable at that time. To correct my earlier analogy, it's more like "New Hampshire, New England". Try reading some actual history.

      Didn't even know there was an Obama "Attack Watch" out there.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  7. coolio

    The question of whether or not Christianity is real or not is still highly relevant today.
    Humans do not know as much as they think they do about whats going on in the Universe.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • Sid

      coolio, We do know that how the universe started and how life began and evovled is nothing like what the sicko Christian tales say.

      coolio is a moronio.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      Actually you are correct...it is highly relevent in giving us a glimpse at how people think. If someone puts a lot of stock in what men wrote 2000 years ago as an explanation of all, that concerns me.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  8. diane wilson

    JESUS LOVE YOU ,AND WANT TO SAVE YOUR SOUL , HE WISH THAT NO SOUL BE LOST

    September 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • petercha

      Amen, Diane. Good post.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Clark Nova

      Can't lose something that doesn't exist.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  9. Sy2502

    I wonder if religious fundies realize how creepy and mentally disturbed they really are?

    September 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • Clark Nova

      What normal, mentally stable adults see as creepiness, they see as a 'state of grace'.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  10. religious people are retards

    no son, god peed in the pool!

    September 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  11. superfudge1

    I dare you anti-Christian liberals to tell me that we should be tolerant to muslims.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • regis990

      Be tolerant to Muslims.

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

      You should be more tolerant towards Muslims.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • anti-Christian liberals

      be tolerant to muslims.
      .... oh and your stupid!
      🙂 praise be to bogus gods everywhere!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • DJ

      We should. To us it's not even a question. Because we know that terrorists are to Muslims as terrorists are to Christians. Think there haven't been a lot of Christian terrorists? Think again. But that doesn't mean all (or even many) Christians are terrorists. So I guess your comment could be rephrased "I dare you liberals to tell me that we should be tolerant to Christians". Again, we should. Hey, do you think we should kill your dog because another dog killed a kid somewhere in your city? Bet you don't.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Lee

      Be tolerant super . . . and I am a Christian. I don't believe you should be calling yourself a Christian if you are not tolerant of others. Sorry.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  12. Mark

    "The Anti-Christ"? That might be a bit extreme (but then again time will tell). Anti-Christian? Absolutely Yes. There is no mistaking that one.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • NICE, YOUR FACE DOESN'T MATCH YOUR NOSE!

      you realize that obama is a christian right? oh thats right, your dumb, i'm sry, your excused!

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

      a Reply to "NICE, YOUR FACE DOESN'T MATCH YOUR NOSE!". Obama calling himself a Christian is like a bank robber calling himself a legitimate business man. Of course a comment like yours is to be expected from someone who spells Christian with lower case 'c' and resorts to name calling without provocation. But excuse me, just my stupid opinion of someone who is obviously a model for intelligent people. By the way, you have a very clever name, how long did it take you to come up with that one? The entire recess period?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • DJ

      Yeah, no mistaking it! Why, he thinks he can fool us by consistently speaking of Christian values. But he slipped and said that people who do not subscribe to the whole Christianity thing have rights, too. So ANTICHRIST! Clearly. Glad people like you have our backs, Mark. You can spot 'em a mile away.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Steven

      Remember this ....Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

      Guess most people forgot that part of the bible huh?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • DJ

      Mark – Gotta say that people with views such as yours worry me. I see you as part of the problem. That being said, the "recess" line was excellent.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      Mark

      "The Anti-Christ"? That might be a bit extreme (but then again time will tell). Anti-Christian? Absolutely Yes. There is no mistaking that one.

      --------–
      Okay no mistaking it is.... please provide your basis that shows there is no mistake.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      DJ

      Mark – Gotta say that people with views such as yours worry me. I see you as part of the problem. That being said, the "recess" line was excellent.

      ---–
      You need to understand. Mark is the type of christian that burns crosses and wears a white gowna nd hooded mask.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • DJ

      Anton: Have you ever asked someone to provide so much as examples of why they THINK Obama is evil? I have. There's never an answer.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  13. LuisWu

    How utterly stupid. It really boggles my mind how the religious retards can even believe in such nonsense. It's just archaic mythology! There's no such thing as the anti-christ. Grow a brain, morons.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  14. SickOfLiesInNYC

    Obama is the Anti-Christ like the deceased Rabbi Schneerson is the Messiah, anyone who believes either of these are just as crazy as the loons who put it out there

    September 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  15. religious people are dumb in the head

    i peed in the pool!

    September 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  16. Justin

    "The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches. … Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies … and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not … and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives. … The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies…"

    September 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  17. COOKIVER

    I always thought the Anti-Christ would be white. I mean white people are the devil, everybody knows that.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  18. iBookmaster

    Guess what folks? There is no such thing as an anti Christ. If there was, it sure as heck isn't Obama.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Clark Nova

      An anti-christ presupposes an actual christ, for which you have not a shred of real evidence except, "he's in the book".

      September 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  19. Tom

    It is the evangelical christians as a whole that are the anti-christ.

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

      Really, Tom? What is it you don't like about us? Our hatred of sin? Our hatred of evil? The fact that we give huge amounts to charity? Our volunteerism? The fact that we believe in a merciful God who provided a way for anyone who repents to go to Heaven? And here I thought that liberals were supposed to be all about love and tolerance. Guess I was wrong.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Sid

      petercha, like how your "loving" god, the azzhole, condemns people to eternal torture merely for not believing in him for lack of any evidence that would hold up in a fair court.

      Take your sick religion and shove it up your ass sideways.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • petercha

      Sid, it is not God who condemns you. It is your own sin that condemns you. Everyone deserves punishment, as no one is perfect. It's only by the love, grace and mercy of God that there is a way to escape that justly deserved punishment.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • DJ

      This little mini-thread is exposing extremes. Tom's initial comment was a throwaway, crackpot comment that is clearly BS. Petercha's reply is troublesome in that he clearly believes we non-Christians are just evil people (we give to charity and volunteer for community services, too, you know? We just find most Christian beliefs, aside from social behavior expectations, to be too ridiculous to embrace. Sid's comment makes Tom's look brilliant, and it's a shame. The vast majority of non-Christians don't hate Christians. We would just like them to stop trying to force their beliefs on us. And the radical element on our side needs to take a time out, too.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Sid

      petercha, that's bullcr-ap plain and simple. You've already claimed that your god is the judge.

      Do the world a favor and get over your sicko religion.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Sid

      petercha, "everyone deserves punishment" -uhh, right, that would be your sick S&M religion at its best again.

      Sick, sick, sick, that religion of yours.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  20. Red

    It's pitiful how many people are afraid of this world. I don't know what to base the over-attachment on...

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

      ... What?!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
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