Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Obama is the Anti-Christ?

I'm listening to a fellow co-worker share her political and religious views on what's to come. I've no idea who she's talking to but I'm doing my best not to either laugh or cry.

You see, this co-worker seriously believes that Obama is likely the anti-Christ and that he will rise to power and bring about the End Times as described in the Book of Revelations. She's talking about how China and Russia are lining up to do something terrible and Obama will bring them all under his control (think "One World Order") but she never gives any evidence or mentions anything specific other than bits and pieces of Bible prophecy.

This is not a stupid person doing the talking. It's one of my neighbors and friends. But I've got to tell you that she sounds completely insane sitting here in the middle of the office talking about this as loudly as she can. She's speculating now that Obama will bring about the "false peace" that precedes the end of the world. Christians will be raptured before the worst of it - blah, blah. I know she's gotten these ideas from spam emails, Faux News and her pastor. I feel sorry for her but I've got to laugh too. This stuff is just too crazy to make up.

It's one thing to get stupid emails about Obama being the anti-Christ. It's quite another to hear a friend tell it as if it were gospel truth. What does it say about Mississippi that a person can quote this stuff in an office and people all around don't just fall out of their chairs laughing? I don't think it makes us look very good.


Father Shaggy said...

You're right. It doesn't look good for Mississippi.

Here's something that's not quite as good, but close:

vjack said...

Even if we have a record turnout of African American voters in 2008, I think Mississippi is still going to go for McSame. I blame religion primarily, but poor public education deserves consideration as well.

GOP Mammal said...

The worst thing Republicans can possibly do is to bring up biblical mumbo jumbo about an evil fictional character and try to link it to Obama.

Obama has a messiah complex and that is legitimate to criticize, but this anti Christ crap is a sure ticket to defeat.

Oliver said...

If Obama is the anti-Christ, it will be the first evidence of super-natural forces that Christians have provided yet. I eagerly await their assessment.

Volly said...

That's what's so scary about religion! Intelligent, educated, otherwise reasonable people fall down some sort of weird rabbit hole when logic collides with theology.

I have a cousin-in-law, a registered nurse, very knowledgable about many things, who gets all emotional whenever the subject of cremation comes up. "But the Bobble says the Lord will raise us up in our bodies -- how can he raise me up in my body if it's all burned and scattered all over?"

Another interesting thing I've noticed about uber-religios is how often they reduce God to a helpless role. In the example above, she sees God being incapable of reconstructing someone he allegedly created from ashes and dust. I've heard other people defend curtailment of civil liberties (such as gay marriage), saying "It will hurt God." But -- but -- if you can "hurt God," why, that's like Kryptonite to Superman. This all-powerful invulnerable Supreme Being can be hurt? If I were putting all my trust in such an easily hurt Being, I'd think twice.

Glad I already did.

Angel said...

I, too have had two or three coworkers telling me the same thing. They cite the obscure Turkish newspaper that has an article about folks slaughtering sheep in celebration of Obama's win, and they also cite a news article with the headline, "Obama, president of the world?" that oddly enough appeared on faux news.

These are folks with college degrees! You'd think they'd be a little less gullible.