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

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    July 28, 2012 at 4:17 am |

    Psalm 103:17-18

    But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children —
    with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.

    May 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  3. Jenny

    As far as President Obama being the antichrist,, PLZZZ ,, get real !! Obama stated that Jesus Christ was Lord, the antichrist will never proclaim it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 16, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  4. Jenny

    Obama haters need to take heed to the truth ! The truth is Bush got this country so far deep in crap, that not one single person ,I dont care who it is will ever be able to fix the mess good Ol Bush got this country in !! It will take decades if not longer to dig out of Bush's mess !!!! He got this country into a war that should have never taken place, a war of oil was all he was worried about !! It is so easy to sit back and blame Obama for everything wrong with this country, for when he took office there was a huge pile of crap sitting in front of him !!! Good Ol Bush had no beef with Osama Bin Laden, heck the whole Bush family are good ol buddies with Bin Ladens family !! Do your homework people ! It took President Obama to have this demon Bin Laden put down , Bush sure wasnt going too !!! Clinton years were good years, employment was at its all time high, The Clinton leave Act was established, and millions have been able to care for their sich and dying family members without fear of losing their job,, but I guess Ol Bush gets credit for that too, huh !!! I voted for Obama once , and Im gonna do it again !!!!!!!!!!!

    April 16, 2012 at 12:29 am |
  5. JMS

    Our Lord Jesus Christ who came down from heaven, conceived through a virgin born, suffered and died for the atonement the sins of humanity has been despised by unbelievers of Him. Remember God's power and glory are not found in wealth, positon and popularity but in Mercy and goodness. Remember, in the final judgement we will be judged according to our deeds. We can't deny and hide God's truth because He is the way, the truth and the life.

    January 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  6. Really?

    Lord Please Save Me from your followers!

    December 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  7. Jonathan Adelmann

    He who understands at all, is He who really knows.

    December 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  8. Jonathan Adelmann

    and if that is wrong, which I have very substantial reason to believe it to be so (military backround, spiritual fascination, power hungry, motivation, screwy judgement, and lack or ethics and morals) it's Jared Letto.

    December 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  9. Jonathan Adelmann

    Okay so here is my great and glorious knowledge for the world as it may so be, considering the lack of true insight into the issue at hand, meaning not knowing that the Anchrist is far more powerful, far more aware, far more motivated, and far more active than Obama could ever be. The true Antichrist is none other than Immortal Technique, he is the opposite of what a true genius is, meaning he contemplates and weighs his genius versus utilizing it to unfold power, he is a representative of evil and is in association with demonic powers such as satan, he is the presumed leader of his underground government which by having very suitable knowledge is capable of manifesting substantiality, he is driven, magnetic, and electric which are attributes of christ only displayed by the antichrist in a sort of psuedo-electable fasion, and he associates himself with the beast in his lyrics. Now, we have reason to truthfully dread this because he has a religion (Islam) behind him, he also has the power of mind to portray illumination which is irresistable to those who fall under his power, and his revolution is counter productive to the moral world which is a straight path to perishing truth and establishing chaos. This is the basic knowledge, use wisdom my world, use wisdom.

    December 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  10. jon

    When it comes to destroying the financial strength of a nation and reducing us to an apologist country of socialists...Obama is the Anti-Christ

    December 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  11. Lazarus

    The Anti Christ is a descendent of the House of Rothschilds. Their Lt. is George Soros and the puppet is Obama.. Obama is setting the stage for the Anti Christ.

    November 27, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  12. naiem

    Islam already knows who the Antichrist is they know it is America,

    November 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm |

    I’m David Serrano, and I proclaimed the truth to President Obama at the House of Blues in Hollywood California on 9/26/2011: “THE CHRISTIAN GOD IS THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE LIVING GOD, THE CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND THE UNIVERSE. JESUS CHRIST IS GOD. JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD” And, I called President Obama “an Antichrist”, because in a speech he gave in Egypt in 2009, President Obama said he believed in the Muhammadan lies of Isra and Mi’raj. I repeatedly told President Obama the stories of Isra and Mi’raj are false. I proclaimed that fact to President Obama at least three times, but no one quoted me and reported it. There is war in the Holy Land because Muslims believe the false stories of Isra and Mi’raj. The reason that Muslims commit murder suicide and are waging murderous Jihad against Israel and the USA is because Muslims believe the false stories of Isra and Mi’raj. The Truth is Jesus is Lord. If you have and journalistic integrity you will contact me and quote me rightly. The reality is that everything is happening like it is prophesied in the Holy Bible. Saddam Hussein built a new Babylon on the ruins of ancient Babylon, while he portrayed himself as the reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar, and he built opulent palaces for himself, while Iraqis suffered, and Iraq plans to continue the rebuilding process. The Euphrates River is drying up very fast. The “Middle East” is a bloodbath. And, Israel is a nation again. And, these are only a few examples of Holy Biblical prophecy coming true. JESUS IS LORD. AMEN.

    October 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm |

      You tell em brother Jesus would kick Allah's butt

      December 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  14. Lost

    President Obama's enemies have always played the low and dirty field in their efforts to discredit him, but this is the absolute lowest.

    October 16, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  15. Recovering Republican

    The AntiChrist is not going to be of ethnic origin, much too vulnerable. The AntiChrist is going to be white, tall, and charming, kind of like Perry. This way all the Neocons will swoon at his every word. Even when those words are not backed by Godly actions, kind of like everyone in the GOP.
    Christianity is being hurt from within, by greedy Neocons who line their pockets, while promoting hatred. Wake up, cause in the end, you will be judged not on your politics, but on your behavior.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  16. dixiejon

    we don't call'em jesus freaks for nothing. this dominionist/last days crap is all leftover 60"s whacko cult goobers

    October 5, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  17. Muneef

    Can religious leaders play a constructive role?
    by Hanna Siniora – 28 October 2010.

    JERUSALEM – In a message that concluded two weeks of meetings of the Vatican Synod on the Middle East, the bishops declared that Israel should not use the biblical concept of a promised land or a chosen people to justify new settlements in Jerusalem or territorial claims in the West Bank. The statement also expressed the hope that a two state solution could be made a reality.
    Religion const-i-tutes a part of the problem in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And since it is part of the problem, it also has to be part of the solution. The peaceful concept of coexistence in Islam, Judaism and Christianity, if properly spread and taught by the religious leaders from the three monotheistic faiths, is key to solving the conflict. It is of particular importance to solving the conflicts over holy places and can lead the way to an accommodation regarding the Jewish and Muslim sanctuaries in Jerusalem. 

    In my opinion, religious leaders are the most credible body to spread the peaceful message that diverse religious narratives can coexist because they have the authority to interpret the holy books. Furthermore, religious leaders are not running for elections and are thus safe with their following and able to influence and tone down religious extremism and build harmonious relations. Each religion holds the potential to sow the seeds for a change in public mood amongst its faithful.

    Religious leaders should be encouraged and supported in their efforts both to assume the responsibility of guiding the public towards peaceful coexistence and to play an active and confident role in shaping public opinion. They have to counter religious extremists and political leaders from using the Word of God for their own political ends, to perpetuate and inflame the conflict. 

    In our conflict, narratives diverge and too often lead to the delegitimising and demonising of the Other. At present, religion is used by those who demand sole ownership over the homeland and the holy places, instead of serving as a tool for reconciling and accepting the need to both share the land and respect the religious needs of the three faiths. 

    October 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  18. Muneef

    By:  Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi
    The Spirit of Islam;





    October 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  19. Muneef

    It seems clear now why Obama was not able to achieve the promised change;

    "Decommissioning The IMF, World Bank and WTO"
    (This report analyses the negative impacts of the IMF, World Bank and WTO on sustainable development and suggests an alternative mechanism for regulating the international economy which can allow these inst-i-tutions to be progressively decommissioned.).

    If we can just leave out religions as enemies and take "Poverty" as being the main enemy for mankind existence as a human being and not as a working animal....?!?

    October 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • Muneef

      Poverty and Terrorism;
      Why do feel there is a connection between poverty and terrorism...? Jobless and Hopeless for an employment will be driven to become joining gangesters thieves,burglars,robbers,militias,pirates.. Violence is even worse if hooked addicted on some few things other than food and water that demands from them more and more money...!!

      what obstructs the investment in world nations development of the world nations in creating  jobs opportunities to enable all to live and dream of success... There are misdistribution of world wealth,countries are heading towards obtaining more arms than businesses, investments or developments...!! Others rather went on the highest or biggest or fanciest concrete jungles....!!
      While few others have treasured,hoarded their money in banks for the sake of u-s-ury living on interests doing nothing and losing nothing...! Banks for sake of giving high interests will claim for the more financial interests revenue  rather than taking for the morality of fighting poverty in generating more opportunities...unfortunately even if they thought they can do that there will come those who will take it easily because of his gvt connections but will not do that all fake con and will use the money in other things bribing buying the silence of all those...!!

      Some thing should be worked out and serious laws have to be imposed with an aim to fight poverty not by feeding the people but rather in helping them to creat businesses feeding them selves and those whom they employ or work or deal with..... You will find out even more from "the Wall Street Protests & Demands.

      October 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  20. Ronald

    I feel like America is more safe then ever whith President Obama, every Republican always talk about the economy but the don't care about the safety of the american people, look at that in the Obama administration 3 leaders of the al-qaida are dead specialy Osama Ben Laden, they don't said nothing, I bet you if those al-qaida leaders was dead on the Bush administration the american people gonna forget about the economy, they gonna see Bush as a "king" for America, on the Bush administration the spend tone of money, they can not find none of the al-qaida but Obama destroyed most of them. People this guy ( President Obama ) need a second therm.

    October 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Dood

      He's also created a huge partisan, lowered America's Triple A rating to Double A. Has illegal family members living inside the United States, most recently his uncle who was pulled over from drinking and driving, continues to fail on all his promises, sat on @$$ as the oil rig in the golf of Mexico continually spewed oil. Bailed out the very banks that want to gore you in the rear again. He continually needs your money to make things better, yet when he uses our tax money to create jobs it turns out the company fires everyone then files bankruptcy.

      Yet the nobel peace prize winner managed to get bin laden killed, kill US citizen in a rocket attack, bombed the hell out of libyia on rumors. He's also the first President to be a crack head.

      We need better people running this country, Obama is EPIC FAIL.

      October 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Jeff W.

      Didn't kill Osama no proof! What we do have proof is he turned our armies uniform to pink.

      October 10, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • Regis990

      @Jeff W You are an idiot. Turned our armyies uniform pink. Guess what, they were already gays serving, but shhhhh...we don't want to scare the God fearin' straights into gays, do we. IDIOT. @Dood The Prez didn't lower the credit rating all by his lonesome...the whole system is broken...but, yeah, go ahead and blame one guy for it. FOOL. The oil rig spewing, yeah, I'm sure the Prez just sat around saying "No, don't try and fix the problem."...MORON. Libya...rumors...whatever, I seem to find more and more reports of the now free Libyans thanking the US and NATO...but whatever, keep blaming the guy...after all, with your crackhead comment, it's obvious you wouldn't like the guy if he pulled you out of your burning trailer.

      October 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • I. Arno.

      You are "nuts",
      First, Pres. Bush like all Americans was not prepared for the "crazys", even Pres.Clinton had a chance and did not note
      the danger. So,blame Pres. Bush is insane!
      "We country of peace and humanity,- Lay dead in the water" to the very idea that we are the enemy. NOW, as to Pres. Obamha reaping the benfits of his predessers (Pres. Clinton and that of Pres. Bush) is to deny the sun sets when there is no sun rise! Remember Pearl Habor,the Germany agression,Prime Minister,"never give up,never give up"English suffering? We were attacked not because of what we did or did not do anymore than what Pres. Obama did or did not do.....
      If you get your head out... and let credit lay where it belongs." We the people are endowed with certion enaible rights" .
      It seems to me- you– RONALD, missed the boat on this. Get Pres. Obama (the dismantling of America) out of my pocket
      and return America to a LIGHT to the freedoms we WERE accoustomed to. Our Brave Solders (arm forces US) not a Pres. did anything except follow up on what Pres. Bush attempted to put in place..

      October 22, 2011 at 9:22 am |
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