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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. satch

    The only thing that bothers me is that the President said he believes that crap. Now that is scary.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • El Flaco

      Obama is a normal Christian. He believes in the brotherhood of mankind and the Golden Rule – and science.

      Evangelicals are those Krazee Kristians whose grip on reality is intermittant at best.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  2. Jimbo Brown

    these so-called christians are wack-jobs they see the anti-christ behind every tree.They also believe every
    nut that declares"the end of the world is "may 22 2011" which of course didn't happen.They should be taken no more seriously than the funny papers but should be treated like any other nut or idiot.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:56 am |
    • El Flaco

      Do not dismiss Evangelical Christianity. It is a dark and dangerous force in our democracy.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  3. Oh Yeah....

    Obama is obnoxious and seems to not have a clue.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:55 am |
    • BADGUY

      Is that the "hint" or the "game"?

      September 28, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  4. EuphoriCrest

    Since the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the one true god, Obama can not be the Antichrist. However, I suspect Rick Perry to be the Antipasto.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:55 am |
    • BADGUY

      I KNEW it all along! Pass the garlic bread.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • Ted N.

      Ramen!

      September 28, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  5. Bo

    @11:11 I give credit to atheist for having a good knowledge the Bible, so I'm surprised that you were unaware that the word 'anti-Christ is found 4 times in 1 John: 1Jn 2:18, 22; 1Jn 4:3, 7 in the plural once: 1Jn 2:18. Have a good day.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  6. vote4goodleader

    Obama is not anti-Christ. He'a anti-American. Why would he sit and listen to Rev. Jeremiah Wright's anti-American rhetoric for twenty years if he didn't agree with what he heard.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:55 am |
    • El Flaco

      My minister told me – long ago – that only Southern Baptists would be in Heaven. Am I responsible for what he said?

      September 28, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  7. Fritzzz

    So? all Jews are anti Christ are you suggesting they are evil?

    September 28, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  8. LeeCMH

    I bet Tony Perkins of the certified hate group Family Research Council has something to do with the Christians screaming "anti-christ."

    September 28, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  9. Bill Deacon

    Even Satan does not know when the end times will come but he surely has been preparing for them. In every generation he probably has a candidate or two who could step in as the anti-christ given the right conditions. We can only speculate until he is revealed to us. By then, the die will be cast and it will be too late. Pray that you are ready!

    September 28, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • Whitney

      Awesome sir! You are completely right.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • BADGUY

      Even JESUS said he didn't know when the end times would come. When asked, he replied "Go ask my old man".

      September 28, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • El Flaco

      The "Second Coming" has been confidently predicted every year for 1,980 years. St. Paul assured us that Christ would return in his (Paul's) generation. We have been assured that Nero was the Antichrist. So was Napoleon. So was Hitler. So was the European Common Market. Now it's Obama. Two years from now it will be – maybe – Britney Spears or Tom Cruise.

      September 28, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  10. james r

    The fact that the media is even trying to start a discussion related to this clown is evidence of how it has failed being the unofficial 4th branch of government. Giving this topic even 1 seconds of consideration accomplishes three things:
    1.) It paints all conservatives as religious nut jobs.
    2.) Creates a sense of validity amongst those who are foolish enough to believe such nonsense.
    3.) Distracts from far more important topics.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • BADGUY

      Religion has been used and is still being used by the Republicans to sway voters their way. When it gets out of control, like it did with the individual in this article, why shouldn't religion be used against them?

      September 28, 2011 at 8:56 am |
    • El Flaco

      1. Most Conservatives ARE religious nut jobs. 25% of Republicans – according to Harris Polls – believe that Obama IS the Antichrist. Economic Conservatives are a minority among Conservatives.

      2. A movement that is sweeping Conservatism is "Dominionism" I think it is called. It is the belief that America should be governed by the principles of the Old and New Testaments. It would be a sort of Christian sharia.

      3. There is no more important topic than the mental stability of many Republican leaders, like Michell Bachman, Sarah Palin, and others. I don't want their crazy fingers pushing buttons in the White House.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:57 am |
  11. BADGUY

    When has "religion"....ANY "religion"...been used for anything other than political and military power?

    September 28, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  12. Chris

    Fear is the only God

    September 28, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  13. Interested Reader

    Christians have a terrible track record for predicting the end of the world (0 %). And now to try and project the book of Revelations onto current American politics??

    Anyone who takes this stuff seriously really needs to get a grip on reality.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:51 am |
    • Fritzzz

      Keep them scared they will do what they are tolg.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  14. Beside Myself

    My daughter ALSO received the stupid form to opt out of his speech. Doesn't matter WHO is president, this is always a great opportunity to hear the president speak.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  15. Soulsistah

    Why not do a comparison of what the anti-christ is supposed to accomplish and compare it with what Obama is doing. That would make a more intelligent discussion.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:50 am |
    • Brian

      The anti-christ would be better prepared and less of an empty suit. Obama is just another bad politician better at running for office than holding it.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  16. angryersmell

    If he is the anti-christ, then let's get this show on the road. This planet needs an enema.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  17. Just Sayin'

    The President cannot be the anti-Christ because Dick Cheney is the real anti-Christ.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  18. Randy

    While I detest the ideas and policies of the Narcissistic Community Organizer, He is not the anti-Christ. He doesn't fit the description in the Bible. But since He came into the public eye while running for the presidency, He has reminded me of Nicolae Carpathia.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • Notoj

      Don't let facts ruin the GOP propaganda, it has never stopped the party from fooling the masses in the past.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:52 am |
    • Brian

      Yes Dems are so sly. They fell for change you can believe in, global warming, Y2K {Al Gore too} and about any other "the sky is falling" BS line thrown out by some egg head.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • El Flaco

      You have a point Bryan. I'm sure that all of the climate scientists on earth are wrong and YOU are right. It's so obvious.

      September 28, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • El Flaco

      Science has discovered that there is a genetic difference between Conservatives and Liberals. It's called intelligence. A study by psychologists published last March has found that the average IQ of Conservatives is 95. The average IQ of Liberals is 106.

      (No need to take off your shoe, Conservatives. I will save you five minutes and just tell you that the difference is 11 points.)

      This was a surprise to me. I had always imagined that the difference was much greater, perhaps 20 IQ points higher instead of just 11.

      September 28, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  19. El Flaco

    Conservatism is the Antichrist. It opposes every traditional belief of Christianity when it comes to how we treat our brothers and sisters all over this earth.

    Christianity is selfless. Conservatism is selfish.

    Christianity is moral. Conservatism is completely without morals.

    Christianity is kind. Conservatism is cruel.

    Christianity preaches the golden rule. Conservatism values only gold and nothing else.

    May God destroy Conservatism and the memory of Conservatism.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • YBP

      Bravo. Except fo that last part. There are no such things as gods, let alone any leftovers from the ancient middle east.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • mkukli

      Christianity is myth and false tales. Conservatism is real yet poor policy.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • Brian

      Not all conservatives are Christian fool. That is just liberal BS...I am an atheists conservative who believes we should stop spending money we don't have, stop propping up welfare moms so they can have 6 kids {future welfare additions} and generally stop taking the track of foolish liberalism.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:56 am |
    • Glen

      El Falco you need to read the Bible about what Christianity really is. Christians are called by Jesus to be the salt and light of the world. In other words they are to point the difference between what is right and wrong, justice and injustice, good and evil, God and the devil, God's way and men's way and cause people to repent and turn from their wicked ways. Jesus said if you have lost your ability to discerne between the two then you are use less and should be walked upon and crushed by the foot. You seem to be mistaking what Christians should be doing with what Govt should not be doing. Christians need to speak the truth in love to some it will seem mean and even hateful. Jesus said if you follow my words and do what I tell you then men will hate and revile you and do to you what they did to me. You're probably on the wrong side of the issue because you as looking to what pleases men instead of what pleases God. When you please God you will naturaly be reviled by the World becasue everything the World view as right and good is considered an abomination in God's eyes expecially if it is done out side His will.

      September 28, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • Glen

      Brian probably has a point El Falco more and more scientist are questioning the cause of Global Warming. Here is a list of those that are specialist in that area.

      http://www.oism.org/pproject/

      September 28, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  20. John

    The GOP, Christian Coalition and the Tea Party are instrumenting these events by staging hecklers to be at the Obama Campaign tour stops.

    The republicans and religious zealots had better get one thing straight. We're not turning this country back over to a bunch of psychologically unstable reactionists who nearly bankrupted this nation by permitting corporate and wall street scandals to run amuck, while instrumenting outright war by manufacturing false claims of weapons of mass destruction. Christians in particular had better watch their step, for this nation is continuing to grow out of its infancy in that regard and the freedoms granted by this nation are for everyone.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • Glen

      You mean the freedoms granted by our (mostly) Christian founding fathers based on the Bible and what God said in His Word. John, Christians are finally waking up to the reality of what happens when you appease people when in the name of tolerance and diversity people use our own system to bite the very hands that provided these freedoms to you, so we are not going to take it anymore and won't be threatened into silence by people like you. We are coming and claiming what right fully belongs to God our Weapons of choice are the Bible and prayer to take this nation back to God and following His ways. "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord".

      As for Republican and the terrible things that they did why don't you read up on your history you will find your real enemies are the people in your own party whom you support who want to keep you down and dependant on them for all your needs. God made me free to be dependant on Him not on Big Govt.

      http://patriotupdate.com/articles/black-pastor-sues-obama-democratic-party-for-racism

      This will be an eye opener to most American but especially to minorities...

      September 28, 2011 at 9:32 am |
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