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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. tom

    I don't think the president is an anarchist. I do think that he is ideologically incompatible with our way of life in the United States. It's really hard to dispute his strong left-leaning outlook, based upon his words and actions. What built this country up was the promise of free enterprise and respect for individual rights. Were errors made along the way? Without question. Were those errors reprehensible and tragic, Absolutely. As a nation we've come a long way towards correcting that (with plenty of work to do). But, his agenda of dismantling our capitalist society, and his attempts at spending a way out of this mess, have done so much to destroy our way of life. I honestly believe he is proud of that effort. It's a shame as I was hoping for more from the man.

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

      And just exactly what has he done to dismantle capitalism? Please be specific.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Darryn Cooke

      Why are Democrats always lambasted for being the big spenders. The FACTS say otherwise.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_debt_by_U.S._presidential_terms

      That chart shows growth in deficit by President and party. Republicans add 3x what the Democrats add to the deficit. This isn't conjecture. It's fact.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Thersa

      Tom is just engaging in one of the right's silly rants. The thing most likely to destroy capitalism is capitalism run rampant without rules and intelligent regulation. How anyone could live through the disaster of unregulated derivates and deregulated mortgage lending and still think government has no role, is beyond me.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  2. Dina

    Security must be lacking if someone that looney was allowed to be there in the first place.

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

      Agreed! The Religious Right has done just as much harm to the country as the president. The Right has plenty of good points, but far too many can't seem to leave their beliefs at the door. If you want to believe, great, but keep your beliefs to yourself.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  3. ben

    silly christians and their fairy tale beliefs. hey christians when you get some proof that a god exist then an "antichrist" will become a valid issue. Until then you are just delusional sheep

    September 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Waiting0nmySavi0r

      You will see soon enough

      September 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  4. Muslim

    Anti-Christ or Dajjal as we call him in the Islamic tradition will appear towards the end of the time. In fact his appearance is one of the signs that the end is near. In Islam, we've several traditions or sayings of prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings be upon him), which describe his personality and his rule. It is mentioned that he'll have only one eye. It is also mentioned that the true believers would be able to see written 'Kafir' (meaning someone who doesn't believe in God) on his forehead. His following would be mostly among women and youth. He'll proclaim to be god (what an immense lie and treachery this is). People who oppose him will be afflicted with severe poverty and hardships and his followers will have plenty and rain. It is also said that he'll carry water in one hand and fire in the other and true believers are advised to jump into the fire since what appears as fire is actually water and what appears as water is actually fire. He'll ride on a donkey with the ears stretched wide with the speed of clouds (a fighter jet maybe ??). His mischief will enter every city except for the blessed cities of Makkah and Madinah as they'll be guarded by angels. Jesus son of Maryam (may the peace and the blessings be upon him) will descend upon earth during his reign and will kill him off and finish his wretched rule forever, resulting in the triumph of truth and the true believers in God. This will usher in a golden age for believers and truth and justice will prevail based on the law of Allah.

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

      ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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

      Heehee. I saw this episode of South Park already, right?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Mik

      *yawn*

      September 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Kraken

      Mohammed's brother slept with 5 thugs, and now we see the result. Nothing.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  5. MrReasonable

    MrHanson,who are the real Christians? The people in the middle east are the real Christians. They are the earliest Christians who spread the word. These people from Europe became Christians for convenience, 300 years later, and used Christianity to unite themselves.

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

      I believe the definition of "true Christian" is someone who believes that Jesus was the Christ who is the savior of the world and accepts him into their life and tries to follow his lessons of love and forgiveness to rid their life of the oppression of evil.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  6. Atheist - and LOVING it!!!

    Mary, we can agree on one thing – the rapture thingie can't come soon enough. Not having you and your kind around will make the world a much better place. Can you take the fundamentalist Muslims, Jews, etc. with you too? Birds of a feather....

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

      Great post.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Waiting0nmySavi0r

      Woe unto you...

      September 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  7. can't catch me i'm the gingerbread man, oh crap, the pope got me! now get on your knees!

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    September 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  8. MiddleOfTheRoad

    "evangelical Christian ideas about the end times gain traction."

    Now that is scary. Could be self fulfilling.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  9. cured76

    And we have to suffer religion in our lives once more. Seriously, if you think the end is coming, keep that ish to yourselves, other people who may not share that view just want to live their lives. Anyone who tries to sell me this garbage is someone I am going to avoid and write off as batcrap insane.

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

      Perhaps you should also keep your opinions to yourself...especially since you demand the same from others.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  10. u r a nutjob

    Does 'virgin wool' come from sheep the shepherd hasn't caught yet?

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

      No. It comes from ugly sheep.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  11. whatsthedif

    How about ludicrous? CNN, why do you promote this nonsense?

    September 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  12. OneoftheStupid

    There are a bunch of stupid people out there. If you think Obama is an anti-christ. You are an idiot!

    September 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  13. whose this god person any how?

    so i was wondering the other day, while taking a poo.. and i thought to myself, why was there already poo in the bowl before i was here? and then a voice said – i god placed that poo there so all would know that I god have made poo. then i asked, AND WHAT, BECAUSE YOUR GOD MEANS YOU DON'T FLUSH – HOW RUDE!

    what a crappy god!

    September 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      Why call it "take" a dump, when you leave something behind?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  14. Rob W.

    This boogeyman always makes an appearance in very hard times.... it is the manifestation/characterization of mass apprehension and fear. That's all..

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

      Who? Pat Robertson?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  15. Darryn Cooke

    Prime candidates for the looney bin these people are. We can start with Joe The Plumber. Sir all the cakes are belong to you.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  16. Julie

    OK, I must comment....sigh...first, let me say that I don't like anything about Obama (and I tend to vote Democratic), but according to Biblical prophecies, the antichrist is supposed to be an amazing genius and capable of running the entire world. I don't see those characteristics in Obama...sadly. I believe his only claim to fame was "community organizer."

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

      The crazies said the same thing about Bill Clinton. The label "Antichrist" is so strong that it creates fear even among rationale religous people- and it does cut into a person's support. The only prophecy that will possibly be fulfilled is one that is self inflicted by these people.

      Lets try this as retort that is fitting of their childishness: "Anyone who labels someone as the antichrist is really a servant of the "antichrist". The one who smealt it dealt it, right?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  17. we all gunna die

    yay, finally, the anti christ is here.... i am buying sandles... i want to be in the fashion, you know because once we all go in the rapture everyone wears sandles! J.C. style!

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

      Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?

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

      what an idiotic thing to say....

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

      There is no such thing as the Rapture. Try to look it up in The bible. No where to be found. Made up by the Evangelicals. Long time before The Anti Christ is in power. Lots of events need to happen before Anti Christ is actively promoting himself as someone who is not.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  18. honest midwest

    Hang tight – faux news might love to get in on this (or already secretly is behind it). Unfortunately some folks will go to any nasty length the try to ensure "their party gets back into the White House during the next election", no matter how hurts our country. Sad, but apparently true.

    Too bad everyone doesn't have our countries' real best interest at heart, instead of their own political gain.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  19. Steve

    Don't people know that there's no mention in the Bible about the Anti-Christ being born in Kenya?

    September 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • John

      I tried hard to tickle myself to LOL at your comment and failed

      September 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  20. none

    the anti-christ is white... Christ was an African fighting againsts Roman oppression... either way, Obama is just a good politician, nothing more...

    September 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
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