Mark Shea linked this blog that affectionately (?) recounts the Obamassiah phenomenon.
Now, as Mark has pointed out in different posts for the past year or so, some of this stuff is the same kind of stuff Evangelicals said about Bush 10 years ago. Some of it really is just “religious liberals” saying “We’re praying for him” or “God did this”. Some of it is no different than the celebrity idolatry that goes on all the time in our society (“I’ll never wash this hand again”).
However, the blog provides a stunning archive of some of the blatant iconography that’s out there, the many songs/hymns written about him, the strange videos made by celebrities, and the key quotations from Obama himself and his supporters.
Here they are, the two quotes from Obama himself which directly go against Catechism 676 and prove that a vote for Obama was a mortal sin and perhaps an act of apostasy:
“… a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany … and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama”
– Barack Obama Lebanon, New Hampshire.January 7, 2008.
“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals. Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.”
—Obama’s Nomination Speech, 6/3/8
Liberals make fun of people who see Mother Teresa in cinammon buns, then they go and sell Obama’s breakfasts on EBay.
On June 5, 2008, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., said that they should add a book to the Bible about Barack Obama.
There’s a piece from the Daily Kos about astrological signs pointing to Obama.
There’s a link to the San Francisco Chronicle article about Obama being an “enlightened being”
Marc Tillman, a philosophy lecturer at Catholic University of America (he should be fired) suggested that Obama is the “Platonic philosopher king we’ve been waiting for for 2,400 years”. Given the practical applicatoins of Plato’s Republic (destruction of the nuclear family, eugenics, a military state, elimination of free speech), I can’t see how any Catholic would want to see Plato’s vision realized in history.
On 7/10/8, Spike Lee said we’ll have to start measuring years based upon Obama, and that Obama represents a “seismic change in the universe.”
“Barack Obama WILL REQUIRE YOU to work. He is going to DEMAND that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation and that you move out of your comfort zone. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage.
Ezra Klein, in “Obama’s Gift,” says Obama is the triumph of Gnostic Dualism over the Christian worldview: “He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh”
And the stuff on this site goes back long before the presidential campaign. Interesting, since I saw this coming back in 2004. An April 2007 Men’s Vogue article quotes a joint appearance by Obama and Morgan Freeman, in which the now-President says of Freeman (referring to his role in Evan Almighty), “This guy was God before I was.”
Of course, all of this is based in part upon two major deceptions:
1) the Hollywood image that the AntiChrist is someone people won’t like, someone blatantly “evil.”
2) the image promoted for the last 200 years or so that Jesus Christ as a “nice guy” that people liked, the WWJD mentality.
So, Obama is charismatic and gets crowds, and people like him. And they say, “He’s just like Jesus.”
Nevermind that Jesus deeply offended people by calling them to a higher standard of virtue, that they tried to kill Him quite frequently.
And they say, “George Bush was the antichrist. He was so unlikeable. Obama’s likeable. He’s the second coming of Christ.”
Jesus said to them in reply, “See that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many. You will hear of wars and reports of wars; see that you are not alarmed, for these things must happen, but it will not yet be the end. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be famines and earthquakes from place to place. All these are the beginning of the labor pains.
Then they will hand you over to persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of my name. And then many will be led into sin; they will betray and hate one another.
Many false prophets will arise and deceive many; and because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come.
. . .
Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days. . . If anyone
says to you then, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not
believe it. False messiahs and false prophets will arise, and they will perform signs and wonders so great as to deceive, if that were possible, even the elect.
Behold, I have told it to you beforehand.
So if they say to you, ‘He is in the desert,’ do not go out there; if they say, ‘He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. (Matt 24:4-28)
For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When people are saying, “Peace and security,” then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman,and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober. . . . But since we are of the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet that is hope for salvation. (1 Thess 5:2-9).