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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. may

    Most likely there are many Anti-Christs before the Anti-Christ of the end times. Take for instance Hugh Heffner, he brought about the 'normalization' of ponography, which is 'Anti-Christ'. As are many other activities.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • jimbo

      You are a crazy batty loon.

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

      What? I "found Jesus" with a Playboy when I was 15 years old.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • may

      Thank-you Jimbo, I take that as a compliment coming from you.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Barry G.

      May,

      The term “anti-Christ” is found the New Testament epistle known as First John and refers to a group of former Christians, who left the church and began teaching that Jesus did not actually come in the flesh. (They seem to have held that Jesus’ body was spiritual, not fleshly and not entirely human.)

      He never claimed that Jesus did not come in the flesh.

      John refers to the individuals who, were saying that Jesus didn’t come in the flesh, as anti-Christs.

      Apparently these individuals (whom John calls the anti-Christs) were also hating their brothers and sisters.

      John condemned such behavior and said: How can anyone love God, who does not love their brother or sister, who, incidentally, are made in the image of God?

      John and his community of faith were not only Christians, but they were also Jews; and, the Jews knew that the Ten Commandments forbid anyone from bearing false witness.

      John’s point: Jesus did take on the form of a human being, just like the rest of us, and he died as a sacrifice on the cross, experiencing all of the pain and suffering any human would experience.

      John’s point was, therefore, love one another, not causing trouble or making false charges.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  2. jimbo

    If satan would force me to pay 3.7% tax on the sale of my house when I'll get far less for what I paid for it in the first place just to cover for his bogus health care bill, then maybe he is the anti-christ. But I just think he is incompenetent. What's even scarier is that are only options may be Obama, Perry or Romney....I think the Anti-Christ would be a better alternative.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • may

      What bothers me, is how people will buy clothes, wear them and then throw them away, never worried that they are not worth what they paid for them. Or they'll buy an automobile, same thing. But when they buy a house and live in it, then for some odd reason, they think ithey should be able to sell if for what they paid.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • jimbo

      I'm not expecting to sell it for what I paid, if you could comperehend a paragraph. But I'll have to pay 3.7% tax on that home for selling it that I already pay taxes for. This wasn't in place when I bought the house either, it was stuck in there by scam artists in the senate.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  3. Joe the Plumber

    In 1921, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Albert Einstein "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect". In 2009, Obama received the Nobel prize for doing absolutely NOTHING!

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

      Had you actually read the citation you would be better informed. One should only talk about things One actually knows something about.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      just like original Joe the Plumber. Worthless turd

      September 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Joe the Plumber

      Now now, I service your plumbing needs and contribute to your welfare checks... Didn't mommy teach you don't bite the hand that feeds you?

      September 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  4. Colin

    10 Signs You Are a Fundamentalist Christian.

    1. You honestly believe, despite everything we have been taught by cosmology, astronomy, geology, biology, history, paleontology and archeology, that the World began about 6,000 years ago with one man, one woman and a magic talking snake. You have no evidence to support you, but your unmatched ability to ignore inconvenient facts and bury your head allows you to maintain this silly mythology into the 21st Century.

    2. You think that, despite Jesus getting it wrong, despite the apostles getting it wrong and despite every single time it was said to be “about to happen” over the last 2,000 years being wrong, the Second Coming is imminent. You fail to see that believing that the “end is neigh” is generally recognized by psychologists as a basic reaction of the human mind to one perceiving themselves as a failure in life.

    3. You accept the “leap of faith” as a valid basis for believing in god in the absence of evidence, but fail to see that this makes you a pantheist, because you have to accept that the same leap can be made to any god with equal validity.

    4. You consider pure thoughts like lust and mast.urbation a sin, but have no issue with the disgusting, degenerate way your Bible treats women and $ex and, even today, admire people like Michele Bachmann who consider women second class citizens to men.

    5. You likely deny global warming for no other reason than it makes you uncomfortable and hold science to the impossibly high standard of having to explain every conceivable mystery about the natural World before you will accept it, but some moron rolling around a floor speaking in tongues is enough to convince you he is channeling a spirit.

    6. You will regularly be ripped off and cheated by charismatic “preachers” who are obviously crooks to everybody but you. Ted Haggard, Jimmy Swaggard, Eddie Long, and the other dozen or so who have ripped you off are not enough to convince you that you are a mindless sheep that is regularly being fleeced.

    7. You spout off about the importance of charity and generosity as Biblical principles, but likely support movements like the tea party that promote the evisceration of social policies.

    8. You fail to see that, given your personality, the only reason you are not a fundamentalist Jew, Hindu or Muslim is an accident of where you were born. Had you been born in Iran, you would be one of those bearded half-wits that burns American flags.

    9. You will defend the Bible, an Iron Age collection of Middle Eastern mythology, despite it being indisputable wrong and literally infested with outdated morality, contradictions and barbaric cruelty.

    10. You believe that anybody who does not accept your sill faith will burn in hell. You don’t have to kill, you don’t have to rob, hell, you don’t even have to litter. All you have to do is reject a belief in the Christian god and he will inflict a punishment upon you an infinite times worse than the death penalty….and he loves you. You see no contradiction in using the same sky-fairy as both the carrot and the stick.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      hERE'S ANOTHER If you can't drink and drive, why do you need a driver's license to buy liquor, and why do bars have parking lots?

      September 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Dr.K.

      Word.

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

      completely awesome...laugh out loud funny and right on the mark... especially #7, that one has bothered me for a long time. The magnitude of the contradiction and hypocrisy of "religous conservative" is incomprehensible...

      September 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      "religous conservative" is that an oxymoron like Military Intelligence?

      September 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  5. Kelly J.

    Well, if he IS the anti-christ and the christians don't vote for him – then how will the bibilical predictions be fulfilled? I think this is a call to all the right wingers to VOTE FOR OBAMA and FULFILL YOUR DESTINY. After all, if the anti-christ was voted down, then the bible can't be perfectly true now can it?

    September 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Barry G.

      We know what the anti-Christs believed, because the New Testament epistle discusses this, at length. They were formerly members of the community of faith (the Church), who had left and were saying that Jesus did not come in the flesh. They were also guilty of hating their brothers and sisters.

      I encourage you read the brief New Testament epistle of First John.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  6. Joe M.

    That this is even a story – and on the front page at that – shows that it should be in the story that can be found one row lower and over to the right. That story is called the RidicuList.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  7. noble

    The sad truth is that no matter what President Obama does, in some circles his actions are wrong. No other president has received the type of venom he has as our president. If his birth is not questioned, then it is his ancestry, his education, his religious beliiefs, etc. We should be applauding our president who graduated with honors from law school, attended two Ivy league universites, and his wife graduated from two Ivy universities with honors.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  8. Charles M

    I would think that the Antichrist would have to have anti-Christian views. For that, try Ayn Rand, a Tea Party favorite.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Barry G.

      Charles,

      We know what the anti-Christs believed, because the New Testament epistle discusses this, at length. They were formerly members of the community of faith (the Church), who had left and were saying that Jesus did not come in the flesh. They were also guilty of hating their brothers and sisters.

      Let's not rewrite the Bible, to suit our agendas or political biases.

      I suggest you read the brief NT epistle of First John.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  9. u r a nutjob

    OMG! iT IS GONNA BE DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER...MASS HYSTERIA

    September 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • movie lover

      thats ghostbusters 2 i believe.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  10. PullenSeeker

    How is this news? The list of Pope's, reformers, scientists, and political leaders identified as "the Antichrist" would be long indeed. Persons who get rather fixated on this "threatening figure" apparently don't read Scripture, which says there are "antichrists" who were "in the world" at the time of the writing of some of the later New Testament books. The word appears five times in the NT, all in two of the Johannine epistles, not Revelation. "Antichrist" is a fact of the world – that which professes Christ as Lord and then denies that lordship in deed. My own sense is a fairly good identifying mark of "antichrist" is divinizing the American nation and project.

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

      Sorry – "Popes" (I know better than make something plural with apostrophe "s").

      September 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  11. Matt

    Oh yeah, because if someone was the Antichrist, he could totally be defeated by voting him out in an election. Radical Christians and their never-ending brilliance..

    September 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  12. Jason

    Mark13:14

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

      Jim 1:234

      September 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Bill

      Bill 5:44

      September 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  13. chocbunny

    White America has always played the game of painting the black man as the boogey man, someone to be feared, someTHING that is human or with humane tendencies. So, some yo-yo yelling that he is the AntiChrist in this day and time– not surprised. This is what certain individuals in the country do best, blame the black race it's problems (real or perceived). Next?

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

      Im white. I work in civil rights law. You cant generalize. Im from new york. Im not a member of some right wing racist group.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  14. help us

    the meek are taking over the world, quick someone get the shotguns!

    September 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • help yourselves

      god said he would totally help those who help themselves!

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

      now, when the hell did i say that?

      September 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Bill

      cuz god is too weak to help anyone.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  15. GOD, argueth with me equals everlasting judgement!

    i am not real!

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

    Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!"

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

      "...are...are you the key master?"

      September 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      Yes. Actually I'm a friend of his, he asked me to meet him here.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  17. u r a nutjob

    If a black box in a plane is indestructible, why can't they make the whole plane out of it? Another trick by that darn Obama

    September 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  18. tankrothchild

    The only thing I found disturbing about the calling of President Obama the anti-christ, is when all his loyal subjects/followers started chanting in unison. Eery.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  19. Liz

    This is just another example of how bent out of shape some people are about the fact that America elected a black president. I knew there would be a few nuts who would react badly but i didn't foresee the scope of the wackos crawling out of the woodwork. it's so sad that so many people put their lust for power, their greed, and their hatred of this good man ahead of their love for the country. I'm praying that folks will wise up in 2012 and rid the government of the repulsican infestation and elect intelligent, caring, thoughtful people in their places, and then maybe this country can start to heal from the last disastrous rethuglikkklan regime.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • Meat Puppet

      It has nothing to do with his race – he does not have the experience and credentials to lead America but anywhere into a deeper recession. Even a blind man could see that . He needs to stop blaming everyone and take ownership and show some leadership. By surrounding himself with intellectual elitists who are socialists he has defined how much of America now sees him – a man with some good intentions – but has sold his country out to get re-elected.
      In my opinion labeling as the Anti-Christ is a step up for him ..................................

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

      Well, you obviously don't realize just how transparent and glaringly evident your racism actually is! Obama is a great leader, and a great American! He is showing far more intelligence, class and restraint than any of the self-righteous slack jaw drooling Republicans that you obviously worship! You blame him for all of the economic problems that have plagued our country ever since 2000 when George W Bush started pampering huge corporations (already posting historic record profits!!) and the lazy wealthy elite at the the expense of hard working Americans! Obama has worked very hard to bring sensible, sane policies to fruition in order to stave off economic collapse. He has already succeeded in avoiding the complete collapse that the Republicans tried to orchestrate and he is still committed to improving the economy if he can just get past the brainless party of NO.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  20. Frank G.

    When will the Republicians run out of ways in an attempt to destroy this man? The Republicians made it perfectly clear after the last election to do everthing possible to make the President completely ineffective and they have have kept their promiss. As a result the country has suffered big time and will continue to unless americans stand up and change their thinking. Bullying in this country begins in our Congress, is there really any question why it's filtered down to our children?

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

      I couldn't have said it better! Sad that our own government can't even get along. Obama could call water wet and everyone would disagree with him.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • u r a nutjob

      tHAT'S WHAT I AM SAYING!

      September 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
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