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Is Obama the Antichrist?

Messiah or the Antichrist? McCain Ad Targets Evangelicals

Have you seen McCain's ad "The One" that got rolled out last week? I found it comical, but I might not be the desired audience. Some think "The One" aspires to make conservative evangelical Christians, not the biggest McCain backers, fearful that Obama is the Antichrist, or at least the prelude to Christ's evil-spreading opponent.

Recent McCain ads parallel statements made by influential Evangelicals, including Hal Linsey who has connected Obama to the Antichrist saying: "He [the Antichrist] will probably also stand in some European capital, addressing the people of the world and telling them that he is the one that they have been waiting for. And he can expect as wildly enthusiastic a greeting as Obama got in Berlin. The Bible calls that leader the Antichrist. And it seems apparent that the world is now ready to make his acquaintance."

While some analyze or rebuff the Moses/Jesus-Obama analogy, perhaps the whole comparison is simply a red herring for non-Evangelicals ignorant of the powerful Antichrist undertones. Could this ad subtly influence the otherwise skeptical demographic to vote for McCain, instead of staying home?

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stiletta stiletta 8 years
I'm a Southern Christian who is voting for McCain and even I am horrified by that.
alynn28 alynn28 8 years
Thanks jillness for explaining!
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
The republicans really don't have any ideas left.
lcterp lcterp 8 years
I'm also interested in hearing the answer to alynn's question...and wondering how Obama does have a good grasp (not directly pointing this at Jill). I'm sorry that it is said over and over again but Obama has absolutely no experience and is not well rounded enough to take the job as president. Bush has put us in such a crappy position in terms of foreign policy and how we are viewed around the globe that I think that is one of the biggest if not the biggest issue of this election and Obama has no experience with that (maybe, just maybe if he had Wesley Clark has his VP but somehow I don't think that's happening). I know people are so quick to shun McCain b/c he is a republican and Bush is a republican but McCain has not always agreed with Bush. (i.e. 2003 he co-introduced legislation to reduce carbon emissions and brought it to the Senate floor amidst strong opposition from the Bush Admin). Unfortunately I don't think McCain is running as great a campaign as he could be, I think he needs to be bolder and more upfront instead of attacking Obama (of course Obama does it too so they are both at fault). I just see Obama as this giant facade of charisma and charm, touting change with nothing behind it, kind of like "I'll wing it when I get there." I know people don't agree with me but that's just how I feel. (And I don't agree with some views of Republicans, such as abortion as I'm definitely pro-choice but foreign policy and the economy are bigger issues to me [economy NOT gas prices, yes they suck but Americans have had subsidized gas while most other countries do not and personally, we need something like this to kick-start us into actually realizing we NEED alternative energy])
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Oh, yes, Em. Women's rights as well. And GI Bills.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Like International relations. The Jerusalem Post just had an interview with Obama, and they said that it was quite different from their previous interviews with Bush and McCain. McCain a few months ago needed Liebermann by his side during the interview, and "seemed confused" when asked questions about settlements in the West Bank, etc. They said that Obama knew the details and nuance of the conflict very throughly, and was very accurate about his assessment. Another issue is energy. While McCain is handing out tire gauges that say" Obama's energy plan", experts (including Florida Gov. Crist, NASCAR, Time Magazine etc.) all point out that inflating your tires IS a very helpful thing, and that we need to do all we can to reduce oil consumption. Oil consumption raises oil prices. Another issue is health care. I don't think McCain's plan will change things one bit, and right now we are at a critical point where millions are without health care, and most people that do have health care don't have dependable health care that would stay with them if they were faced with catastraphic illness. I just think Obama's plans are well thought out, detailed, and actually focus on targeting the causes of our biggest issues. There really are so many things that I happen to agree with Obama on. Most people probably think I just agree with what he says, but I actually form my own opinion, and his just happens to line up with mine.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Yup--vote for whomever floats your boat. Personally, I'm an Obama girl. Every time McCain starts talking my brain goes somewhere else and I start to hear his Smuckers commercial voice and I just can't focus on anything else. (Kidding. Partially. :cookie: I'm not a fan of his views on women's rights, among other things...)
alynn28 alynn28 8 years
im just curious jillness, what challenges are those? this isnt an attack im really just wondering.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I am not voting for McCain because he is a Republican. Plus this ad is really stupid. Republican+stupid ad= a vote for Obama!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Vote for who ever you want! That is the beauty of America. I am not voting for McCain because he doesn't seem to have a good grasp of the nuances of the challenges that are facing our country.
alynn28 alynn28 8 years
im sorry, but im still voting for McCain. i got 2 words for Obama thats, in my opinion, even more scandalous and damning than this " anti christ " ad by McCain....JEREMIAH WRIGHT.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
cmill, just out of curiosity, what is making you lean toward McCain? Is it a specific issue?
cmill38 cmill38 8 years're not the only one. i'm faced with chosing the lesser of two evils and i'm leaning your way.
jenintx jenintx 8 years
I'm shocked. Seriously shocked. Does McCain have any ads that actually talk about what he stands for? Or do they all relay the same message: "Is Barack ready to lead?" If I was still undecided (I am an independent), I don't think these ads would make me sway to the McCain side. In fact, they kinda make me wonder what he's hiding from policy-wise, since he's not talking about himself (or even showing himself) in these ads. I wonder if Obama could copyright his speeches and require the media to get permission to use excerpts and then sue the Republican party for wrongful use? Because some of the quotes in that ad are clearly used out of context (maybe when Obama was making another point or mocking what someone else has said).
em1282 em1282 8 years
I think it's offensive as a Christian--and I think McCain needs to focus on building himself up rather than devoting this long-ass, useless advert to his opponent.
lcterp lcterp 8 years
While I don't think this ad is the most appropriate (okay, I don't think either candidates ads are useful in telling people what they believe in), I'm still more likely to vote for McCain than Obama (I know I'm the only one here but hey, that's how it goes). I was reading MSNBC and there is an interesting article on McCain's campaign and the direction it's taking it's why and how it doesn't relate to who he is but rather perhaps what is needed to attack Obama's weaknesses. Not saying I agree with everything but just another perspective.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"This ad would be really funny if it was for student government elections at your local high school...I would die laughing watching this in the morning announcements" Exactly!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>"Republican John McCain on Friday defended his campaign's new Web ad mocking Barack Obama as a presumptuous messianic figure, saying it was important to "display a sense of humor" in the presidential contest." I don't get it. It's supposed to be funny? Or is it supposed to scare evangelicals? Is he hoping it will do both?
cmill38 cmill38 8 years
What's with Moses being in the ad? That's a little odd. Correct me if I'm wrong but what did he have to do with the Anti-Christ? I can't stand Obama or McCain. I think they're both duds. I wish my govenor was running. He's not about right or left, he's about right and wrong and representing what the people think is right and wrong.
zeze zeze 8 years
This ad would be really funny if it was for student government elections at your local high school...I would die laughing watching this in the morning announcements...for president of the free world, eh...not so much.
cherrypie61 cherrypie61 8 years
Politicians in USA are becoming insane. Hopefully none of this clowns get to win. How come Bush dare to criticize other's countries politics if his is the weirdst of the whole planet? GOD BLESS America and save it from people like McCain.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I'm voting for Obama precisely because he IS the Antichrist. I'm glad this commercial just affirmed my choice. Thanks McCain!
stephley stephley 8 years
MSucre, you're probably right about the steal from the Daily Show - it actually was funny when they did it. (I liked the mention of his stopping by the manger in Bethlehem). "The word "antichrist" appears in three passages in the Bible (in the New Testament letters known as 1 John and 2 John); it does not appear at all in the Book of Revelation. Nevertheless, the idea of an Antichrist is central to the apocalyptic world view that sees human history as a struggle between God and Satan for the fate of mankind." Everyone from Nero to Bill Clinton has been named as the anti-Christ at one time or another.
MSucre MSucre 8 years
Also, regarding the comment about the Bible mentioning the anti-Christ's trip to Europe? I didn't realize that the Bible actually mentioned the continent of Europe, let alone the coming of the "anti-Christ." Can anyone tell me whether or not there is any scriptural backing or legitimacy for the existence or the future of existence of an "anti-Christ"?
MSucre MSucre 8 years
Ok, so the Moses parallel was totally stolen from the Daily Show. (Can they sue?) I thought it was really funny when John Stewart did it, but when McCain just blatantly stole it and used it, NOT on a comedy show but for a political campaign that just got nasty, stupid, and embarrassing. I can't find the clip, but it was on this episode: Are there any consequences for just stealing this material?
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