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“Obama be thy name … thy will be done”

I had a conversation with our Catholic postman this morning. He’s optimistic about Barack Obama and thinks an Obama administration is going to get us out of our present economic troubles. I mentioned Obama’s record of socialist activism and his stance on abortion and infanticide, but this didn’t seem to concern him much. There is something about Obama that just gives him hope.

What is it about this strange man, Barack Obama? What do we know about him? A commenter over at Creative Minority Report provides an interesting checklist:

1. Occidental College records — Not released
2. Columbia College records — Not released
3. Columbia Thesis paper — not available, locked down by faculty
4. Harvard College records — Not released, locked down by faculty
5. Selective Service Registration — Not released
6. Medical records — Not released
7. Illinois State Senate schedule — “not available”
8. Law practice client list — Not released
9. Certified Copy of original Birth certificate – – Not released
10. Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth — Not released
11. Harvard Law Review articles published — None
12. University of Chicago scholarly articles — None
13. Record of baptism– Not released or “not available”
14. Illinois State Senate records–“not available”

Some are claiming that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore ineligible for the presidency. I don’t know what to make of such a claim, except to note that it is odd, to say the least, that a market for doubt exists about something which should be very easily proven.

You have probably seen a few of the creepy, cult-like, quasi-religious videos produced by Obama supporters. The “Alpha-Omega” chants were ominous enough, ascribing a biblical name for Jesus Christ to Obama himself. Now we have the bizzare “I AM Obama” campaign – “I AM Obama” signs are popping up in front yards out here – which appropriates another name for Almighty God: “I AM”. I don’t know whether these folks are being deliberately blasphemous or just stumbling into blasphemy out of ignorance.

Effusive, messianic songs of praise are being written about this man – a politican not yet out of his forties. And then there are the poems, and the portraits, and the frenzied rallies. Even more troubling is the wild popularity of Barack Obama among foreigners, particularly Mohammedans.

Honestly, I’ve never seen anything like this before. The postman suggested to me this morning that JFK inspired similar emotions in people, but was JFK’s following really so transparently religious? I try not to automatically think “antichrist” when I see images like this, but lately I haven’t been having much success. The following video, blasphemous to the hilt, is the latest evidence that the Obama phenomenon is more than an American political campaign, but is in fact emerging as a worldwide religious movement.

October 30, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. Obama may or may not be the Antichrist, but I can think of no one who closer fits the scriptural descriptions.

    I remember reading that Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his fellow anti-Hitler Lutherans once had a discussion as to whether Der Fuerher was the Antichrist. They concluded that he could not be, because he was so obviously evil, and the Antichrist would appear to most to be good.

    Obama appears to be good to most. Witness the Obamacons. Witness the otherwise pro-life Catholics at Vox Nova. I’ve almost been taken in a few times.

    This is scary.

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    Comment by The Western Confucian | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  2. I’d say one reason the movement is so transparently religious is because of the black cultural connection. American black culture naturally gravitates towards casting things in religious terms. Their pastors are transparently political, and the use of their pulpits in a blatantly political way with a melding of the religious and the political that would probably be challenged by (say) the IRS and would certainly freak out the liberals if it were done in other churches and on the conservative side goes entirely unquestioned.

    I’m not saying this actually helps or makes things less creepy. I’m just saying it’s probably a causal factor.

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    Comment by Lydia | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. I don’t think that Obama is the anti-Christ. In order to qualify for that, he would have to be from Europe, in the area of the revived Roman Empire. I’m pretty sure he’s not from there. (Although I’ve heard rumors about Africa, Indonesia, and a few scattered Islamic places.)

    However, you don’t have to be the anti-Christ in order to do a lot of damage. I see a lot of deception and bad things in Obama, not the least of which is his support for infanticide and a pro-abortion stand that is so extreme that it really can’t be called pro-choice. He’s hostile to the choice of women in unplanned pregnancies who want to choose life.

    It may not be his fault that some people wrongly worship him, although he should humbly discourage this. People should only worship God and Jesus. Obama is neither of these. He is a man, and like anyone else, he is a sinner. He might even have dreams of being the tin-horn dictator of this country, eliminating the constitution and making himself dictator for life. That would be pretty bad, but it still wouldn’t make him the anti-Christ (or the Christ either for that matter).

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    Comment by Ceecee | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  4. +JMJ+

    I also have Antichrist suspicions where he is concerned. I really hope I’m wrong! =(

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    Comment by Enbrethiliel | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  5. I imagine the “I am Obama” sign is a riff on “I am Joe the Plumber.” Both are dumb, but not nefarious.

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    Comment by M.Z. Forrest | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  6. I, too, find it interesting that all these records have yet to be released… and that the MSM is not asking “WHY?” FOX did a piece on this… I don’t ever watch FOX, or much US television, as I do not reside there… nor do I trust FOX much… Nor CNN, et al. All that said… Why hasn’t this come up, particularly in the debates? Or, is it simply not that biug a deal to Republicans and the public?? Probably both… Will he do damage? Stay tuned… He certainly is unknown, in the deeper sense of the word… I also believe he has a clear agenda, supported by the Powers That Be… One I would not support, of course…

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    Comment by James | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  7. “The postman suggested to me this morning that JFK inspired similar emotions in people, but was JFK’s following really so transparently religious?”

    Considering Kennedy’s opportunistic privatization of his faith and the Protestant dominance to which it was a reaction, I don’t think it could have been nearly so religious. Further, the enthusiasms for Obama have the flavor of the enthusiastic Evangelical/Social Gospel tradition rather than Catholic hero-worship.

    I find the “liberation theology” aspects of the past eight years very disturbing, and it might only continue in a left-wing dialect. Bush’s posturing that U.S. foreign policy was doing God’s work now looks to be succeeded by a black liberationist who deems domestic policy to be the battlefield for his crusades.

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    Comment by Kevin J Jones | October 31, 2008 | Reply

  8. Lydia, your point about black culture and religion undoubtedly plays a part in this. But, for me, the creepiness isn’t that the movement is transparently religious per se - political movements with a religious element don’t bother me – but that Barack Obama is actually the object of this religious fervor. That’s a radical departure from anything that has ever happened in this country.

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    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | October 31, 2008 | Reply

  9. I don’t understand why Obama seems to be accepted blindly.
    So many people are blindly infatuated with him….not with his policies or his promises, but with the man himself. What is the draw? I don’t see it.

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    Comment by Vicki | October 31, 2008 | Reply

  10. Believe it or not, Obama is not worshiped, venerated, or followed blindly. You have to understand where the liberals are coming from. The last 8 years have been driven by someone who is arguably (see polling data) the worst president of all time. Now finally someone who is smart and articulate is in the WH, so liberals are astounded. So it may seem as worship, but that’s only because you sit on the right side of the fence. I mean, I can certainly understand your position: the guy you supported turned out to almost ruin the country, so much so that everyone is now distancing themselves from GW as far as possible. Only 1 in 5 even claim themselves to be republican — that’s how horrible the last guy did. Look, this president won the Nobel Prize, the last one won a shoe to the face. He won the Nobel Prize for NOT being GW Bush! The right really has some serious soul-searching to do. I mean they actually thought this guy was good for America — twice! I mean how could someone be so wrong and not ask themselves, “How was I so wrong? Could I be wrong about other things? Could I be wrong about Obama?” We’ll see.

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    Comment by youdontknowyourself | October 29, 2009 | Reply


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