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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. hippypoet

    peace be with you.
    Come Unto Christ

    lol, oh i'll come on christ, just point him out! then i'll get the pope too! him and his little hat!

    September 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • InFormed

      LOL. If Christ was some hot blonde (or brunette) girl, then I think we all would.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama is probably not the anti-christ ... he's probably just a radical, lying, ambitious, narcissist, con man, who will say, or do anything, in order to gain, and hold onto his personal power ... even if it means destroying America in the process !!!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • InFormed

      Howard – In other words, just like everyone else.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Jim

      aaahhh... the words of an elementary school child trying to look tough, smart and run with the big kids....

      September 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Amused

      Jim, Since you are running right there beside him, I suppose YOU would know...

      September 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • hippypoet

      oh no, watch out kids, jim has a pope up his @ss... thats why he is all grumby! plus with that old german stuck up there he can't even crack a smile.. well not the normal kind, he can still do the inverted smile, but you have to see it from the back!

      i think he likes it! he feels as if "god" is in him.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  2. mark

    ussssa

    September 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • InFormed

      Slithering

      September 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  3. Sao

    fool says in his heart that there is no God.....

    September 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Right. Smart people say it in their brains

      September 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • hippypoet

      so a fools heart can talk huh... thats interesting!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • InFormed

      Your comment is meaningless and your grasp of grammar is poor at best and childish.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • Jim

      wow! a "poet" trying to be snarky about an obvious literary device...wow....so smart, so intelligent...wow...stunned by intelligence.....

      September 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      Sao

      And yet you would likely also say "God is love". Love is an emotion, ergo God is also an emotion. Sounds about right to me.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  4. Jim

    And just where was the reporters and coverage when people said the same against Bush? Odd how it only "comes up" when it is a Democrat......

    September 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Ryab

      Because with Bush, people wheren't, hmm I don't know how to put this properly, they meant it, but on a level they knew it was BS? But with this there are radical idiots who believe this. You know, the ones who think God has an Issue with people and wants them to SMITE THEE, because being all powerful god can't do it himself.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Jim

      Sorry but that explanations is.....flawed to be nice about it. People really thought so with Bush. Just because you don't think so doesn't make it any less true. People thought that Hitler and Mussolinni made up the anti-x, Clinton was the ac, Bush, Jimmy Carter, etc. But oddly enough, only when it is a Democrat in the WH does it ever surface with the press. hhhmmmmmm.......

      September 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Amused

      Jim – Did you just recently learn to read? Or, perhaps you are so young that you never saw the news stories about those exact same idiotic ramblings applied to every president since Nixon! If ignorance is bliss, you must be the happiest person on earth!

      September 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      Dubya actually matches the scripture pretty well, if you accept him as a failed antichrist whose followers turned from him and elected a Christian as president.

      September 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  5. HiIAmNewHere Hello

    If Josh Hamilton threw a ball into the stands towards Obama, none of this would matter.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  6. Stephen Daugherty

    Some folks just need to make him the world's biggest enemy to justify the world's greatest hostility towards him.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama is probably not the anti-christ ... he's probably just a radical, lying, ambitious, narcissist, con man, who will say, or do anything, to gain, and hold onto his personal power ... even if it means destroying America in the process !!!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  7. Converted

    I don't see the Anti Christ in Obama but look at the Anti Christian teachings that the Tea Party promotes. What does Jesus mean when he talks about feeding the hungry, giving the thirsty drink, taking care of the sick and the old. It does not mean to fix the economy on the backs of these very people, for what you do to these people you have done unto Christ.

    What does Jesus mean when he says you cannot serve God and mammon? Does that mean we should vote for every politician that promises he will put another dollar in our pockets... or would we vote for someone that will take care of the hungry, thirsty, and poor.

    Jesus didn't say these things to make himself feel good. His teachings are pure and the more man tries to conform them into mans ideas the farther way from God this country will be.

    People say that a Christian shouldn't vote with their Christian beliefs because that forces those beliefs on non believers. I say my vote is the one thing that I have to help those in need. I will put my vote to the most Christian person running... but I doubt that person will be wrapping himself in religion as most anti christians do. As for those that serve mammon, they also vote with their belief in man and money thus forcing their views and Gods wrath on me... we need to vote with Jesus in our hearts and not mammon.

    peace be with you.
    Come Unto Christ

    September 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • InFormed

      What's a mammon?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • Converted

      Ahhh... and you label yourself as Informed.

      That is ok... I was 'informed' once too and the spirit converted me. Reconciled all the world in my mind to God. I pray someday you will open your heart just enough that God's spirit and love will fill your soul.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Jim

      Mammon is KJV – era English term for money or riches that would be the time-period equal of money.

      I thought you are informed?

      September 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  8. Sao

    there is no gravity...no oxygen...no magnetic field....no hatred....no pain...no suffering...no discouragement...THINK!!!!

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

      I see the drugs real strong today. Stay off the keyboard until the room stops looking like a box of flowers.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      The gravimetric oscilations do frquently oxygenate the levers leaving malformational dichotomies of resoluted discontenters to preamblings of affirmational discontinent's land amassings to aquiescences godheadedness of proportionalism. 🙂

      September 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • svann

      Galileo was christian. So was Newton and Mendel.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Amused

      svann – Galileo a christian? If you say so! When you consider that he would have been promptly executed if he had said otherwise, that makes your presumption quite debatable! The Catholic church vowed to execute him for his evidence and support of the geocentric theory! The only thing that saved his life was his public denouncement of the geocentric theory and his re-affirmation of the heliocentric theory! But, on his deathbed, he recanted that and admitted that the Earth did indeed revolve around the sun! So, was he really a christian? I seriously doubt it!

      September 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  9. hippypoet

    this is the best post yet..with yet another great reply!

    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 | Report abuse | Reply

    u r a nutjob

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

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

      I see the elementary school has let the kids onto the computers again....

      September 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • hippypoet

      oh come on, i thought this was funny.. everyone takes "god" so seriously yet none follow what the dude said and did... its high time we make some fun of this terrible morbid conversation.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • Jim

      Obviously you thought you were funny but in within the confines of reality – your childish humore belongs back in your classrooms. Most adults wish to at least attempt to speak with people who act someone intelligently. In the end, it isn't really about the "God issue" it is about your lack of intelligence and maturity that drives you to spout out tripe that one hears in the school cafe between little kids who are trying to "one-up" each other with mother jokes. It is a sign of a lack of an integral part of humanity within you.

      I wouldn't go around performing the equivalent garbage making fun of atheists beliefs even though most of the atheists I have found throughout the colleges, blogs, Humanist Society and writers like Hitch, Dawkins and Harris have even less evidence for their positions as Xians do for theirs or Muslims do for theirs. Why do I not act like you? – because I am a grown up and take my fellow man as someone to have love and respect for.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  10. system you

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: The Christian God is the only true living God, the Creator of the heavens and the universe.

    Yet, to this day...unproven to be true.

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

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: The preceding post was brought to you by a nut job

      September 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  11. razor

    We haven't even had the war of Gog and Magog yet...which is pre antichrist..so unlikely Obama is antichrist

    September 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      Are you the Keymaster?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • HiIAmNewHere Hello

      How's Gozer the Gozarian doing?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      First there is GOZER the Traveler. He will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  12. u r a nutjob

    If someone invented instant water, what would they mix it with?

    September 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      LOL..They already have...it's called hydrogen....light it and..Presto...water!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Jim

      Ripping off an 80's comedian is dump. At least Wright was stoned when he asked the question.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  13. Merrin Of Giles

    There is no God. There is no Devil. There is no Heaven and there is no Hell................... except that which we make for ourselves. Religion was mainly used as a way to control the masses through fear. The fear of Hell, or, some other undesirable fate after death. Religion was developed because Man has no faith in himself. It is much easier to put your faith into something that cannot be seen, felt, or heard. You don't need proof of it's existence. All Holy Books in the world were written over the course of many lifetimes by many different people. They each put their own interpretation on it while trying to stay within the limits of what was written before. The Earth is NOT 6000 years old like most biblical scholars believe. It is in fact BILLIONS of years old as proved by science. But, hey,........ if people wish to cling to something that is outdated then more power to them. It just proves that those people have no faith where it really counts................ in themselves.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Sumguy2006

      The only thing worse then someone preaching about god, is someone preaching about there being no god.
      Get a life.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • beth60

      actually, I doubt most biblical scholars believe that the earth is 6000 years old. Not everything thinks everything in the Bible should be taken literally.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Amused

      Here's to you Merrin – Aaahhhhh... The sweet but RARE words of SANITY ! It is encouraging and very refreshing to read such an intelligent post! I was afraid that our once great country was completely devoid of sanity and intellect and all of our intellectuals had been replaced with ignorant, mindless stooges who actually believe the horrendous pile of excrement that the rabid racist self-righteous right wingers have been spewing. This gave me back some of my lost failth in humanity! Thank you.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Jim

      Sanity? ROTFLMAO!

      The pretend knowledgable one has found an even more silly person to pat him on the back! lol

      1. Most biblical scholars don't think the Earth is only 6000 years old and,

      2. His ramblings are nothing but pure, unadulterated, unprovable and unsupported tripe. An opinion ne is free to accept and express as any other opinion but opinions are like bellybutons – everyone has one and truth isn't found in a bellybutton.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Paul

      Sir, what do you believe when you see a person being born or when someone dies and you go to the funeral home, can't you see how helpless someone is. One thing for sure is that you will find out one day and I hope that you change your mindset before that happens. I said all in the love of the father

      September 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      An angel once told me there was no god.

      September 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  14. HiIAmNewHere Hello

    Jesus of Nazareth secretly always hated Obama.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • InFormed

      'Jesus of Nazareth' as a character of mythology never hated anyone. That was his schtick.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  15. David

    Just a combination of racist drivel and consiracy nuts trying to profit on the fears of the weak minded.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Ginny

      "Just a combination of racist drivel and consiracy nuts trying to profit on the fears of the weak minded." -religion defined.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  16. u r a nutjob

    If pro is the opposite of con, is progress the opposite of congress?

    September 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      Apparently so young padawan, apparently so.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Amused

      I see that you are old enough to remember Gallagher! Thumbs up.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  17. David

    Sorry I meant Arabic not Hebrew.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  18. tex1836

    He can't be the Antichrist because I am.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      NU UH, I am

      September 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Howard

      If you're supporting Obama, you probably are !!!

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

      No I am.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  19. David

    This is a conversation that already happened with Bush. There was a book published called "Why George W. Bush is the anti-Christ." In it, the author make a very compelling argument relating Bush's royal family heritage, his name converted to ancient Hebrew text that can then be converted to a number scale where it adds to 666, and many other factors. This book was so convincing that the Pope even declared Bush as the anti-Christ. So if this is true then Obama would be the second coming of Christ, something interesting to think about.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • HiIAmNewHere Hello

      Reading books written by morons doesn't make you any more intelligent. You know that, right?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Howard

      I think you mean the second coming of the ANTI-CHRIST !!!

      September 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @David Do you get a free tin foil hat when you buy that book from Amazon?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • treeplantr

      What about Ronald (6) Wilson (6) Reagan (6)? 666, plus he was shot in the head and recovered. Add him to the list...

      September 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Jim

      Watch out David, the poster "Ryab" is sure that no one thought that Bush was REALLY the anti-x so the book doesn't exist!

      September 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  20. christian

    He's not the "anti-Christ" but he is one of the people that is helping the anti-Christ system to come into place. The 666 in Revelations that God said would be his name if translated into Arabic is ALLAH. And the method of killing the Anti-Christ system use's to kill all that will not worship him is beheading the same as Islam

    September 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Frodo

      Nah, you just need to help me throw the ring into the fire.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • David

      So God is the anti-Christ? lol

      September 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Ginny

      Dumbledore for god. That's my vote. He's already more popular than christian god. But Gandalf is OK too.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Stephen Daugherty

      God bless you, but bearing false witness against your neighbor is a sin.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Ginny

      David, christian god is supposed to have send Jesus to be killed, and god supposedly has power over everything that happens. so I guess that does make god the antichrist.

      God=antichrist. That's true, when you think about it.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Ginny

      Stephen, aren't you the self-righteous little pimple.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Rick

      You are not a "christian". A true christian is not a hateful and intolerant individual seeking unexistant religious associations to mix with politics. What you appear to be is an ignorant, hateful idiot.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      al-Lah just means "the Lord." God likes it when you make up Scripture, I guess.

      September 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      No, Stephen's correct. Calling someone 'the antichrist' when you don't actually believe he IS the antichrist, but just want him to lose the election is definitely 'bearing false witness.' God loves a cheerful liar, I guess.

      September 28, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
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