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March 18th, 2013
01:59 PM ET

Producer: Claim of Obama-Satan likeness nonsense

By Dan Merica, CNN
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Washington (CNN) – The third episode of the History Channel's miniseries “The Bible” was supposed to be remembered for the brutality of Babylonian ruler Nebuchadnezzar, the strength of Daniel in the lion’s den, and the birth of Jesus Christ.

But after viewers claimed there was a striking resemblance between Satan’s human form and President Barack Obama, that probably won't be the case.

Buzz on Twitter quickly grew. According to Topsy.com on Monday, there were an estimated 20,000 tweets containing the words “Obama” and “Satan” since the 9:00 p.m. ET hour on Sunday, the hour in which Satan appears in the two-hour show.

In a statement, miniseries producer Mark Burnett called claims there was a resemblance "utter nonsense."

Burnett said the actor who played Satan, Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, "is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics - including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President."

Ouazanni has had roles in two biblical TV movies - "Jeremiah" and "The Ten Commandments."

Executive producer of the miniseries Roma Downey, Burnett's wife, added, "Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible."

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Satan appears during the miniseries’ retelling of the Temptation of Christ, when Jesus fasted for 40 days in the Judean Desert. Satan tests Jesus’ faith, asking him to make bread out of stone and jump from a cliff, but he refuses each temptation and returns to the Sea of Galilee to begin his ministry.

In the desert, Satan is draped in a long, black, hooded robe and with a slight silver tint to his face.

Both Downey and Burnett supported Obama's first campaign for president in 2008, according to Federal Election Commission reports. Downey gave $5,000 to the Obama Victory Fund and $2,700 to the Democratic National Committee in 2008. Burnett also donated to Obama's first campaign - $2,300 in 2007.

Neither gave money to Obama's 2012 campaign.

While the show was airing, tweets poured in noting the resemblance.

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Not everyone on Twitter agreed, though.

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After three episodes, the show has scored strong ratings. Its first episode drew 13.1 million viewers, ratings that trumped CBS’s “60 Minutes” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” The second episode drew 10.8 million viewers.

Ratings for the third installment in the five-week miniseries have not been released.

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The project has been a three-and-a-half year process for The History Channel and for Burnett and Downey. Burnett - who is better known as a king of reality television, with “Survivor,” “The Voice” and “The Apprentice” all under his name - told CNN earlier this month that this project was “personal.”

“It was time for an updating, adding fresh visual life to a sacred text,” Burnett said.

Both Downey and Burnett were raised Catholic, Burnett in England and Downey in Ireland. They still regularly attend Mass in Los Angeles. Growing up, both watched the classic biblical films that the Hollywood of yesteryear churned out, like “The Ten Commandments” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”

To film their Bible series, the duo set off for the southern tip of Morocco with a crew of around 400 people.
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Burnett and Downey consulted a wide range of pastors and academics, including a major evangelical leader and a Catholic cardinal.

Their advisory panel consisted of many people from varied backgrounds familiar with sharing the stories of the Bible, rather than a who’s who of biblical academics.

Joel Osteen, a popular television preacher and pastor of the 30,000-member Lakewood church in Houston, was among those consulted. Osteen and Burnett are friends and were developing a television series together that went on the back burner during the production of this series. Osteen even took his family to Morocco during some of the filming.

While the History Channel owns the exclusive North American rights to the project, Burnett and Downey own the rights to global distribution and theatrical airings, which are in the works. The project also has a book tie-in, games and apps.

- CNN’s Eric Marrapodi and Eric Weisbrod contributed to this report.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Barack Obama • Belief • Bible

soundoff (2,474 Responses)
  1. Christians are morally compromised

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6mJCCARjyNM

    March 19, 2013 at 11:31 am |
  2. Christianity is False and Immoral. (Christopher Hitchens)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HA55jGyq2C8

    March 19, 2013 at 11:30 am |
  3. PeterD

    Not Satan but Evil is for sure.

    March 19, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • Ken

      Why?

      March 20, 2013 at 8:11 am |
  4. Science Assistant

    Five-Million-Year-Old Saber-Toothed Cat in Newly Discovered Genus Discovered in Florida

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130314140909.htm

    Science is Fun

    March 19, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  5. clarity

    The poster Paul earlier asked what kind of evidence would be sufficient for proving the historical Jesus that is reflected as the Christ character in the Bible.

    Reasonable evidence would certainly have to be something beyond what has been demonstrated so far. Anonymously written gospels don't help. When the historical writings ABOUT the anonymously-written gospels appear to have been tampered with, THAT certainly doesn't help solidify anything about the Christian claim. When early Christian apologists themselves charged that the devil had disseminated earlier fake stories before the "real" gospels ('diabolical mimicry'), THAT doesn't help validate the Christian claim either. It just makes things smell very, very fishy.

    March 19, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • ME II

      @clarity,
      Additionally, @Paul is not quite specific and really should define "the historical Jesus that is reflected as the Christ character in the Bible."

      In one sense, it is likely that there was someone named Jesus that the religion of Christianity grew up around.

      However, is the Bible an accurate description of His action at that time, including miracles and resurrection? That is far from "proven" and possibly is not "provable" in any normal way, as it is supposedly "supernatural". In other words, "proving" divinity may actually require divine intervention, which makes some sense. How does one prove the supernatural exists without showing/demonstrating that the supernatural exists?

      March 19, 2013 at 11:42 am |
  6. Elles

    I don't know..."Satan" looks more like Martin Landou to me. You see what you look for, people

    March 19, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • clarity

      It's definitely looks like Obama in the upper part of the face, but that is not an uncommon face at all. Of course, it then becomes a point of great opportunity for idiots to say all kinds of crazy things.

      March 19, 2013 at 11:09 am |
  7. Bible Clown©

    See, a show of class might have been better than going for the cheap attack. This is how you get your movie held up by a lawsuit and lose all the money you invested because some fundie decided to work in a partisan attack. Now, maybe next week we will see Dubya as Pontius Pilate and Karl Rove nailing Jesus' hands, but I really doubt it.

    March 19, 2013 at 10:51 am |
  8. The real Tom

    Chad doesn't "sow" anything but dislike. He is just about as repulsive as Lie4ever and HeavenSent. None of them do a thing to attract anyone to faith. They demonstrate no interest in understanding anyone else. Their sole objective is to glorify themselves by posting bible verse after bible verse, cherry-picking whatever they wish to make a point–any point, as long as they can make others look stupid or ignorant. They don't love others. They love themselves.

    March 19, 2013 at 10:38 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      and now they are having temper tantrums and deleting half of the posts. Spoiled children can't handle someone disagreeing with them.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • The real Tom

      Aannnd because they're SO secure in the infinite wisdom of their god and the infallibility of their belief system, they post under others' screen names when they get upset.

      It's kind of gratifying that they're so easy.

      March 19, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Yeah...had to change names several times , especially when the idiot hijacked my name and started posting page after page of 666 and dots.

      March 19, 2013 at 11:15 am |
  9. Pauline

    So, the producers cast Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, a Moroccan actor, to play Satan. In addition to his looking like Obama is there any chance that he isn't also Muslim?

    On the other side, could you imagine the media storm if these two Catholic producers cast a recognized born-again Christian like Kirk Cameron to play Satan?

    March 19, 2013 at 10:30 am |
    • .

      Why not? Kurt Cameron looks as much like this actor as the POTUS does. Dolt.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:33 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      Kirk Cameron IS the Devil.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • Pauline

      I thought that the Devil was supposed top be smart?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z-OLG0KyR4

      March 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
  10. I love free stuff!

    Democrap = Free stuff for those that dont want to work

    March 19, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • The real Tom

      So Democrats don't work? Funny. I'm a Democrat. I'm home sick today, but I have worked for well over 3 decades and have never collected a cent of unemployment. We pay our taxes and we own our home.

      Now do you want to respond or are you stuck under that rock?

      March 19, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • Republicant

      So what if I would rather collect my well fare check, head down to the Piggly Wiggly and buy me a box of slim jims to snap into, then ride a city bus back to my rent controlled apartment so I can use someone elses wireless connection to get on the internet so I can complain about Obama giving those other people, you know, them dark skinned ones, lot's of stuff they don't deserve. You know he's a commie from Kenya right? And he had nothing to do with turning the stock market around from it's worst lows to new record highs because a commie hates the free market...so that can mean only one thing, Jesus has returned in the form of ... The Invisible Hand of the Free Market!!! It must have been Christ who got all your pensions back on track and investments on firmer footing, hooray for Christ!

      March 19, 2013 at 10:40 am |
  11. IronSharpener

    sarah, evil spins things wherever and however....get it? I am not superior...there's only one.

    March 19, 2013 at 10:19 am |
    • The real Tom

      Of course you are. You're Chad. Just posting under another name. I guess you got tired of Rachel, huh?

      March 19, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • Damocles

      Oh geez, are we going down a Highlander road? There can be only one!

      March 19, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • Sarah

      You know what you are, and no amount of lying will obfuscate the truth, not even from yourself. Keep pushing that rhetoric all you want but organized religion is on the way out and for good reason. There is nothing you can do about it so waste your breath if you like, it will do about as much good as a grasshopper screaming as it gets stepped on by an elephant.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:27 am |
    • Akira

      Guys, who is the person who cannot figure out how to use the reply button, and always starts a new thread?
      Whatever one thinks of Chad, he does know how to reply within a thread.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

      On this thread read chad was a poe .

      Chad are you a POE ???

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/15/humble-pope-has-complicated-past/comment-page-5/#comments

      March 19, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • IronSharpener

      Akira, that would be me..I didn't hit reply. My answers or replies aren't speaking for Chad, they are my response and may not reflect his thoughts and feelings. We're all different, opinionated, and sometimes come off holier than thou...not meant to by be specifically...my apologies if they did. I do what I can, and if it helps a person out I hope it does and try. I am not responding to irritate, that wouldn't bring anyone closer to Faith than flipping someone off in traffic that cut you off. We all get irritated with what goes on in this world, and It's not easy to be a person of Faith in this world. BUT...Christian believers are called to do so, but I am here to tell you from my perspective...don't take what I say as gospel, as I fall short quite a bit. Forgive me! I was merely trying to explain that in the world in which we live, my Jesus says love your neighbor as you love yourself..that's not always easy, but you'ree supposed to.All fall short, it's only because of God, and your faith that you are forgiven of sin. His mercy is your gift, if..."if" you accept it. Me proving something that I read, or haven't been able to see first hand is hard, "I" have to have faith Jesus is who he says he is, and believe what he has done...in FAITH.!! If you do not, I say ok, you're obviously not at that place in your own life, maybe you'll never be? I try not to judge that, it's equally hard for me to understand that stance. You could be my next door neighbor, and I have to take that into account every time. I need to be there for any that need. I am a servant, I am supposed to be humble, forgive, show mercy and love. I find JOY in helping....

      March 19, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • Jimmy

      Prehistoric shark captured on film

      Some creatures just don't feel much pressure to evolve, like sharks, while others experience something serious enough to spark enormous change in a relatively short time. Others can't manage to change fast enough, which is why they become extinct. Evolution works at different speeds; it's not all just gradual change like originally thought.

      March 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
  12. IronSharpener

    Damocles...nah, just the sites under "Beliefs", I stretched it saying every site, but regardless...Tom remembers the last time. I read, but seldom respond because of the direction. No person of Christian upbringing rubs their hands in hopes of non believer demise, contrary to your opinion...we pray for them. The rest isn't up to us, it's up to GOD. The Great commission is to spread "ggod news" not rub hands and take joy in people that don't....it's sad really. So good luck with whatever it is you do, or try to do, and I'll just keep doing what I can becuase it's what he wants of me......

    March 19, 2013 at 10:18 am |
    • Chad

      well said! thanks

      March 19, 2013 at 10:19 am |
    • Rachel

      Chad, you're my hero!

      March 19, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • Damocles

      Still, that's a lot of sites, I imagine. I'd guess it would take up a lot of your free time to keep track of what sites people go to, not to mention making sure they are the same people from site to site. Still picking up a bit of a stalker vibe, but at least your little shadow approves of what you are doing. That has to count for something.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:24 am |
    • Sarah

      Liars get the same reward as murderers in your book by the way Iron. Just an FYI.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • MUST SEE Creatard Pwnage Par Excellence

      MUST SEE Creatard Pwnage Par Excellence Chad / Rachel

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QIrfxj02pQ

      Chad / Rachel

      March 19, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • Chad

      Unfortunately many, many atheists (being so unfamiliar with Christianity) erroneously assume that all Christians believe the earth is 8-10 thousand years old.

      March 19, 2013 at 11:40 am |
    • The real Tom

      Then why don't you debate Topher on that matter, Chad? That's what he thinks.

      March 19, 2013 at 11:42 am |
    • Pauline

      IronSharpener
      So, are you saying that no "real" Christians are looking forward to Jesus' supposed Second Coming, with the slaughtering of his (their) enemies and all that?

      March 19, 2013 at 11:44 am |
    • Wendy

      Chad
      If the earth is more than 8-10 thousand years old, why does the Bible give the impression that it isn't? It takes great care to list generations of biblical figures supposedly all the way from Adam, and even if you account for individuals living for hundreds of years and God's "day" being like a 1000 years, you're still only up to about 13,000 years, at most. Why doesn't the Bible say exactly how old the universe is if these people had access to God's knowledge?

      March 19, 2013 at 11:53 am |
    • Adam

      Chad explains the lineage away by saying that some generations and "sons of" were left out so it's not like God could make a mistake, it's just a lie of omission.

      March 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
    • Thai Researchers Discover 100-Million-Year-Old Crocodile Fossile

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwD_hjq_V7U

      March 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
    • Prehistoric shark captured on film

      FISHY FISHY

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mneDhOtVEQw

      March 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
    • Jimmy

      Prehistoric shark captured on film

      Some creatures just don't feel much pressure to evolve, like sharks, while others experience something serious enough to spark enormous change in a relatively short time. Others can't manage to change fast enough, which is why they become extinct. Evolution works at different speeds; it's not all just gradual change like originally thought.

      Sorry for duplicate post above.

      March 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • Chad

      @Wendy "If the earth is more than 8-10 thousand years old, why does the Bible give the impression that it isn't? "

      =>genealogies are kept to establish blood lines, not keep track of elapsed time. Telescoping genealogies is extremely common (Numbers 3, 1 Chronicles 6, etc.. )

      Jesus was frequently called the "Son of David", meaning Jesus was of that kingly line not that David was his direct father.

      You should consider becoming familiar with the manner in which these ancient Hebrew texts were constructed, and for what reason.

      March 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • End Religion

      Telescoping genealogies = "I spun the list of names in this genealogy arbitrarily so it makes more sense for my goals. Just pretend there are other names in the list because that helps my goals as well, even though the names aren't there. Just pretend. While you're at it please pretend my god exists as well."

      "These divisions reflect two characteristics of Matthew's Gospel: (1) an apparent fondness for numbers and (2) concern for systematic arrangement. The number 14 may have been chosen because it was twice seven (the number of completeness) and / or because it is the numerical value of the name David (see note on Rev. 13: 18) For the practice of telescoping genealogies to achieve the desired number of names, see Introduction to 1 Chronicles: Genealogies."
      http://www2b.abc.net.au/science/k2/stn/archives/archive33/newposts/219/topic219133.shtm

      March 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • Chad

      @End Religion,

      Exactly!!

      telescoping genealogies is extremely common, and done for a purpose.

      genealogies are not provided to establish elapsed time..

      March 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
    • Wendy

      Chad
      How could that work? If you're saying that these guys actually all knew that these were just lists of prominent family members then they would have also suspected that the lines could have diverged within the gaps. We can establish ties today using DNA, but these people would have had to have the reassurance of one generation directly following the next.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:26 am |
  13. Phil

    No, he doesn't look like him to me. This is a stupid discussion. This is a "keeping the idiots talking" false controversy. So what if Glenn Beck and a couple of others tweeted about it? Quit watching Twitter all day long waiting for somebody to say something somewhat,. sorta, kinda, maybe controversial. The media.... sheesh. Investigative Journalism now consists of circling over Twitter accounts all day. Twitter is for twits. Talk about something that matters, please.

    March 19, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • Topher

      Completely agree.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:24 am |
    • Phil

      And I vote Republican....

      March 19, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • dl

      Agreed. What are they really saying – that all black men look alike?

      March 19, 2013 at 10:54 am |
    • Zorsha

      Thank you ! Finally somebody said it

      March 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  14. finishedwithamericanpolitics

    Man and Americans have created Satan so that they have someone to blame for all their great evil that they perpetrate themselves. The Worst Devils are the Government, Banks and Fraudulent Insurance Companies that rain deceit, war, greed and misery upon the whole human race. Forget about Zombie Sith Lord Obama, he is just a bad president who doesn't care about working people, just like his devilish buddy Bush. If History Channel wanted to portray real evil they would have had the Ceo's for Chase Bank and Nationwide Insurance mucking about in a robe taking advantage of honest people.

    March 19, 2013 at 10:16 am |
  15. IronSharpener

    Tom, if I believed for one second (solely based on all your snippets) that you were concerned? I would actually spend time with you on the subject. But my friend I wasn't being snarky or nasty...sarcastic maybe? You have no faith...OK...I move on because seeds do not grow in bad soil, so I don't spend alot of time there. When a person of "FAITH" actually comes to a person in need of something, help, a lunch, God's word...they'll ask. I don't push, they come to me with questions, and if I don't know the answer, I'll find someone who does, or ask them to prqay about it, that it's revealed and their eyes opened through GOD. Religion is a word, church is not a building, it's the people in it, and we all fall short, none better than the other. I wish you well sincerely....but to keep battles up with people who profess Christ as their savior....why? you need to really? find another hobby...just my opinion, and it's pretty sound advice.Mocking God is not something you should do , or keep doing. whether you have faith or not, My God doesn't teach me to bash other individuals or groups. and to answer your question...YES...I love GOD.

    March 19, 2013 at 10:07 am |
    • Sarah

      Just keep telling yourself that your faith makes you superior, it feels good to believe yourself better than everyone else, to have that confidence in you getting a reward when others won't. How humble of you to keep pointing it out on these boards.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:11 am |
    • The real Tom

      Iron, listen up: I don't have any quarrel with those who believe and live their faith. I have no issue with anyone who genuinely loves god and behaves like it. Chad is a snarky, nasty, self-aggrandizing jerk, nothing more, nothing less. He's not interested in sowing love or caring for others. He's only concerned with ridiculing anyone who disagrees with his interpretation of the bible or his version of belief.

      He's as good an advertisement for atheism as ever trod this blog.

      People who get on here and insist that they KNOW that the bible is inerrant, that everything in it is fact, that god created all, are liars. If they were to tell the truth they would admit that they do NOT know. They believe. When people like Chad attempt to pretend that they can "prove" jesus was divine, that god controls the universe, and so forth, they insult the very faith they claim to have.

      Go ahead and defend your pal, though. I'm sure he needs friends like you.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:20 am |
  16. Ol' Yeller

    Who cares if a faction of malcontents who hate Obama thinks an actor playing the role of a fictional character somehow bears a resemblence to him?
    Stoopid..

    March 19, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • The real Tom

      Quite. It cracks me up that the most vitriolic posts about Obama are written by people who apparently never got past 3rd grade.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:05 am |
    • Pauline

      Yup, there's a lot of people who feel the need to be jealous of a successful, well-educated, fairly handsome, powerful black man.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  17. dl

    Well, they're both black. But that's about it.

    If they wanted it to be realistic, they should have made him look like Cheney!

    March 19, 2013 at 9:58 am |
  18. Nick

    While there is a remarkable resemblance, it really should be a question of whether Obama acts like Satan...he certainly seems to want the destruction of Israel...reduction in religious freedom...less individual freedom...more government control...

    March 19, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • Ken

      Explain what Obama has done that leads you to these accusations.

      March 19, 2013 at 9:52 am |
    • Sarah

      Nick has no actual facts behind his assertion, but it "feels" right to him and it's what Fox news has been telling him everyday for the last 5 years, soooo, I guess that's enough for Nick. Of course, actually finding out whats really going on would take to much work and like, reading other news outlets and stuff, so way out of Nicks ability.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:09 am |
    • z2cents

      A moron with interenet access..

      March 19, 2013 at 10:09 am |
  19. IronSharpener

    @CHAD..... you keep sowing, just because Tom & Hawaii Guest try to keep you tied up in non-fruit bearing dialogue? You know better. Just look on every site mentioning anything to do with God or the Bible, and you'll find those two knuckle heads....leave'em be. Maybe one day they'll wake up and their eyes open?

    March 19, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • The real Tom

      Iron/Chad: Do you love god? Do you get any joy from believing? It's funny, but the posts from the believers like you are snarky, sarcastic, and nasty.

      Sure doesn't look like the Christian love I've seen from the Christians I know.

      March 19, 2013 at 9:50 am |
    • Pauline

      Tom
      The "sure knowledge" that one day everyone who doesn't agree with them will be made to pay dearly by their super friend Jesus makes them this way. Look on the bright side; if they didn't have this fantasy to turn to they'd probably be buying assault rifles or working on bombs in their basements.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:00 am |
    • The real Tom

      Yup. You can almost see them rubbing their hands together in anticipation of seeing those who don't believe EXACTLY what they do roasting on a spit.

      Such loving people.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:02 am |
    • Damocles

      Every site? Wow, they sure do get around.... so do you since you'd have to, like, go to every site to know for sure. Are you a stalker?

      March 19, 2013 at 10:08 am |
    • The real Tom

      Hey, Damo, check it out. Chard's following Iron around. Wonder what Iron thinks of THAT?

      March 19, 2013 at 10:25 am |
  20. ChrisM

    Downey added: "Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”
    The History Channel set out to put an end to the rumors, saying the show aims to feature “a diverse cast of respected actors.”

    “History channel has the highest respect for President Obama,” the network said in a statement. “It's unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. History’s ‘The Bible’ is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history.”

    March 19, 2013 at 9:42 am |
    • Pauline

      Not wanting to "discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible" must be why they cut out the part where Lot offered his daughters to the mob. They were careful to include as much violent slaughter as they could, however. They must count that as part of that "beauty", I suppose?

      March 19, 2013 at 10:06 am |
    • Damocles

      Thank you so much for reposting part of the story for no reason at all.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:10 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      Sorry, I don't buy it. You had a chance to make a Bible movie and you made a GOP Bible movie. That's great for the party of old mean white guys, but bad news for actual Christians.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • Pauline

      Bible Clown©
      The old mean white guys think they are the only actual Christians, and they'll happily buy the DVDs and other merchandise, so that's all that counts.

      March 19, 2013 at 11:35 am |
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