My first attempt at a lol…
This is rapidly moving from silly to scary.
This was originally going to be a reply to a previous blog comment, but it outgrew itself. I simply cannot believe some of the ideas and arguments being expressed by certain individuals. Things were bad before, but they suddenly got worse.
For those who have just dropped by, I’d better explain briefly. Over a year ago I expressed the opinion that I liked Barack Obama’s political and religious attitude. Some wingnut mentioned that they thought he was the Antichrist and to my horror, I noticed my blog stats climbing from people searching for “Barack Obama Antichrist”. I posted some tongue-in-cheek stuff mocking this a bit, but soon realised that a lot of people actually believed it. I got two comments today though that simply terrified me. I shall post the highlights here…
Pattie says, “He is and always will be a MUSLIM. … He goes to an all black church to cover up his being a muslim… No one but blacks will ever benefit from his presidency. He will make sure whites never have power again, trust me.”
This is so unbelieveably appalling that I’m not even going to try and argue with it. I’m just greatly saddened at the fact that such views could still be held in a so-called civilised country.
Then Robin says, “barack h obama is related to osama bin ladin ya know. obama is the anti-christ. how can americans vote for a muslim after the 911 inncodent? this is a christian nation and obama wants to take that away from america, obama said this is no more a christian nation . then what nation is it? everything that is happening tells all in the king james version holy bible in revelations.obama is the anti-christ, he was born to do just what he was trained to do all his life, take over the most powerfull nation and make it vulnerable and weak for the biggest war of all time. i will note vote for a muslim due to disrespect to america and the families that lost loved ones in the 911 twin towers and flight 193 and pentagon. its a terrible shame that america is going to be in prison to the anti-christ obama. i hope there is going to be a christian assassinater. obama is the son of hell , the devil.”
Where do I start? Robin, if you check your “King James version Holy Bible” you may discover that the book is called ‘Revelation’, not in fact ‘Revelations’. If your reading of the book of Revelation is as accurate as your reading of its title, then I think we can safely discount pretty much everything else you just said.
I have no idea if Obama said America was no longer a Christian nation, but anyone who does say it is right. It ISN’T. And nor is the UK. Both countries may have a moral and legal system that was originally founded on christian principles, but in no meaningful way could either nation be viewed as Christian. In any case, what is a ‘Christian nation’ anyway? Short of everyone in the USA being converted, it never has been and never will be a Christian nation. Nations aren’t christian; individual people are.
As for THIS – “i hope there is going to be a christian assassinater.” Good grief, people! What on EARTH are you saying?? You want the man DEAD??? This is beyond a joke. What could possibly stir up such hatred in a person?
I am shocked. I am deeply concerned. And above all I am saddened that anyone, regardless of colour or creed, could possibly express such worrying thoughts, bigotry and prejudice. You want proof that America isn’t a christian nation? There it is, right there.
People, people…. I am getting seriously worried about some of you. Since my tongue-in-cheek “Is Barack Obama the Antichrist” post and my brazenly facetious numerology post, traffic to Mackle has been getting busier, up until a crazy explosion with the beginning of the primaries when my visits increased thirty-fold. As a Scot, I entered this whole field with the curious interest of an outside observer. What I’ve actually observed has been nothing short of terrifying.
The whole end-times/prophetic/eschatological guesswork obsession which is rife on Christian TV has obviously infiltrated the popular consciousness in a big way.
I include here a selection of my favourite soundbites from the comments on my assorted Obama blogs, complete with typos…
“I strive to be ever so careful when discussing such issues and placing names. Still, when I see this guy, something sits “wierd” with me. (It could be the eccentric name) “
“I have just spent the last 30 minutes reading posts about Barack being the antichrist… I thought the idea must be crazy, but my curiousity got the best of me and I did a quick Google search.”
“I never saw his face but only GEARD his words, and his voice and his tone and REALIZED that WTF this man is the antichrist. I never even knew Obama or who he was prior to that “
“barack obama is a wierdo!! he resembles the anti christ! is there any way we can determine if he is or not?”
“It just so happens that Obama is the anti-christ. I believe so and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with any logic I have employed or any racist attitudes that I may have. Fact is, this man is the antichrist. It was weird how it was revealed to me …”
“…and here it is a year before elections and people already are set on him for president. Has that ever happen to a president before? NO…
“isn’t it said that the antichrist will die and then come back? well, isn’t his middle name hussein???”
“I don’t trust him one bit. I don’t for a second buy that he’s now “Christian.””
“Tonight the answer was right there in front of me. When he took the stage to give his Iowa Caucus Victory Speech he seemed cold and distant. “
“I had never heard of him before these elections, he has never really accomplished anything that I have been informed of, and to be perfectly honest, he has empty eyes, very empty eyes. I refuse to believe this man is a christian, I am a christian, that man is not.”
Oh, it goes on and on…
Look, folks. You may not like him. You may have racist attitudes you struggle with. You may have listened to too many end-times date-callers and watched too much TBN. You may think he’s creepy. You may think his policies are bad. You may think his haircut is bad. He may just give you the heebie-jeebies (as my wife feels!) but you can’t go around saying he’s not a christian and even more bizarrely claiming that he’s the Antichrist based on a combination of your Heebie-Jeebie feeling, your TBN habit and his Surname.
As a Christian, can I plead with the Christians on here to get on with loving God, living as salt and light, spreading the gospel and loving each other instead of getting hung up in eschatological craziness. Nobody knows who the Antichrist is – it hasn’t been revealed yet. In fact, who said it was a single person at all?? It could be a whole system, just as Babylon is a personified system. The point is that we have the victory in Christ, these things MUST happen (whoever they will involve and whenever they will occur) and calling dates, times, names and such just makes you look like idiots if you’re wrong, just as everyone who claimed to know who it was over the last 2000 years look like idiots now that it is apparent that they were talking nonsense.
Enough with the wild claims, people, and concentrate on living the life God called you to.
To quote Skank Bangerton (!!!!), the most profane commenter on my blog so far, and who added his nugget while I was composing this post…
“Barack Obama may be the Antichrist. I doubt it.”
For those who don’t know, Alan Johnston is a highly respected and talented journalist for the BBC. He has been the Gaza correspondent for the last 3 years and has reported fairly and even-handedly on the myriad tense situations he has encountered.
His abandoned car was found in Gaza on the 12th of March and there have been no confirmed sightings, although some previously unknown activists claimed to have killed him, before other sources claimed he was still alive. He has certainly been abducted, although nobody knows who by, or for what purpose. His kidnapping has been universally condemned (ironically, even by Iran!).
63 days later, we still don’t know where he is or if he’s alive or dead. It’s tragic that someone who was so dedicated to speaking out and trying to draw attention to the plight of the impoverished and disaffected in Gaza would be taken and held by the very people he has been aiming to help for these last few years.
Alan is much missed and we pray for him and his family, that they will be reunited soon and none the worse for their ordeal.
This from the BBC website:
AILING CASTRO SAYS “I FEEL GOOD”
Um, so did James Brown….
****** NB: To save me repeating myself again and again, be aware that this post employs SATIRE. Read the post, the comments and my responses properly before adding yet another stupid comment.******
Also, I’d really appreciate it if somebody read something OTHER than this post for a change. Go on. I’ve got some good uns!
Well, after everything I’ve said in other posts, I’ve changed my mind. I got this comment on my blog the other day…
“the anti-christ has the numver 666.
check out the sum of VICARIVS FILII DEI in roman numerals.
It adds up to 666!
it was written on the pope’s chiara… long ago. but they changed it now.”
It was THEN that I realised that Numerology had the key to the Barack Obama mystery! So here it is: PROOF!!
Barack Obama was born on 8/4/1961. If you use that guy’s Roman Numerals technique (add up all the letters that have a value in Roman Numerals, e.g. V = 5, L=50, etc), the word “ELECTION” gives you 151. If you add the individual digits, you get 7. If you then take this away from Barack Obama’s birth-year (1961), you get 1954.
You tracking with me? Good…
Now, if you implement the Roman Numeral Technique above you get the following –
DEMOCRATIC = 171
CANDIDATE = 1011 (we’ll ignore the 0, giving 111)
BARACK = 100
HVSSEIN = (No ‘U’ in Latin, remember!) 6
OBAMA = 1000
Now if you add them all up, you get 1288. If you take that 1288 away from 1954, guess what you get?
This is incredible. Please tell all your Republican friends.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THE HARD OF THINKING – The reason this works is not because it is in some way an amazing co-incidence, but because I spent all day trying to find a way to make it fit.
Try your own name!! You could be the Antichrist too!!
John Howard, the Australian Prime Minister has hit the headlines by stating that al-Qaeda should be “praying as many times as possible” for Barack Obama to win the 2008 presidential race. And why? Because Obama says America should get out of Iraq next year.
According to Howard, pulling out of Iraq “will just encourage those who want to completely destabilise and destroy Iraq, and create chaos”. Pardon me, Mr Howard, but as far as I can make out, the thing which destabilised Iraq and caused chaos was the Americans and the British invading it 4 years ago, and the chaos appears to be worsening with every elapsed second. It was the equivalent of St George walking up to the sleeping dragon and cutting its toe off.
In response to this,
The Antichrist Obama (sorry, that’s a different post…) said,
“I would also note that we have close to 140,000 troops on the ground now, and my understanding is Mr Howard has deployed 1,400, so if he is (ready) to fight the good fight in Iraq, I would suggest that he calls up another 20,000 Australians and sends them to Iraq. Otherwise it’s just a bunch of empty rhetoric”
I note with interest that this is an election year in Australia. One would have thought that it would do more for Howard’s party’s chances NOT to clamber aboard a sinking Republican ship…