Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam,
refers to Barrack
Obama as "the messiah" before a crowd of Black Muslims. When
Radical Islam speaks, perhaps America should listen.
A cursory look at coverage of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign
run shows that many reporters and observers describe his persona and
rallies as near-Messianic or Christ-like. This phenomenon has prompted
some analysts to describe the campaign as cult-ish and fueled by emotion.
On Feb. 23, The
Dallas Morning News reported that Obama's campaign events often take on "a
religious fervor." On Feb. 24, The New York Times reported that a band
played "Obama-lujah" at a "rapturous" rally. And on Feb. 26, The Dallas
Morning News again ran a story, quoting Rev. Jesse Jackson on Obama: "He's
running a theological campaign. At some point, he took off his arms and
campaign "is not a political movement - it's a rock tour," said
conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Feb. 20.
"It's a rock
concert tour. And if you don't show up at the concert when it happens in
your town, you're not hip. It's a cult. It's a religious movement ...
These people, I'm telling you, that are gravitating to Obama ... are
people desperately seeking meaning in their lives because they don't have
any," he said.
"We all want to
matter," said Limbaugh. "We all want to have meaning in our lives. We all
want to be relevant to something, and a lot of these people don't feel
that about themselves. They feel empty, and they're trying to fill the
emptiness, fill the void. And Obama does."
Pfau, chairman of the University of Oklahoma Department of Communication,
told Cybercast News Service that he thought it was "inappropriate to use,
or think in terms of, messianic terminology to describe [Obama]."
Obama "is an
outstanding orator, along with John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, one of the
best in the post-World War II era," Pfau said, adding that "great oratory
is relevant. It inspires."
who blogs for the leftist publication
Mother Jones, echoed Limbaugh, saying: "Obama's rhetoric makes an
undeniable suggestion: that his election, not an eight-year administration
that successfully implements his vision for America, would represent a
moment in America of the grandest, most transformative kind. And that's a
political Web site, Slate.com, launched a periodic "Obama
Messiah Watch" column under the aegis of senior writer Timothy Noah
blog - which asks, "Is
Barack Obama the Messiah?" - has compiled a comprehensive listing of
the use of such terms in the media over the past two years.
Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam - who has called
Judaism a "gutter religion" and said Jews are "bloodsuckers" and "wicked
deceivers," according to The New York Times - recently said that Obama was
hope of the entire world" and was transforming his audiences by the
effect of his speeches.
Also featured on
the blog were remarks by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) that Obama's
candidacy "is not a campaign for president of the United States" but
instead "a movement to change the world."
account came from a native of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, who
attended the Feb. 10, 2008 Obama rally at the Virginia Beach Convention
In her blog on
HamptonRoads.com, the eyewitness said, "Those faces. It was raw,
naked, complete worship; love; heart-whole, passionate, stunned and almost
unbelieving but desperately wanting to believe him - adoration."
In an interview
with Cybercast News Service, Christopher Blosser, who runs the
blog from his home in New York, admitted that his site was a parody,
designed to "provoke some of Obama's more ardent disciples among the
masses — and the media — to re-evaluate their actions and speech."
"The kind of
language being used to describe this man is simply ridiculous," said
"The idea for
the blog was born after encountering this kind of rhetoric in several
online interactions with Obama supporters and subsequently after hearing
family and friends - even some more ideologically liberal than myself -
express their uneasiness and/or outright disgust with what they were
witnessing," Blosser said.
following is what Blosser calls "a very curious - and yet, troubling -
phenomenon. On one hand, every political race has some degree of
enthusiasm (to be expected) - but what I've read and chronicled regarding
the Obama campaign is something else entirely.
"The left has
typically decried the mixing of faith and politics among the right," he
said, "and yet they have wholeheartedly embraced Obama with religious
fervor, forming what seems to be, in some cases, a 'cult of personality' -
embracing him as a secular messiah of sorts."
On October 23, 2008, I received this interesting email.
Though not exactly accurate in its citation of the Book of the Revelation,
it certainly provides some interesting food for thought:
This will make you re-think.
A Trivia question from Sunday
School: How long is the Beast allowed to have authority in Revelations?
Revelations [sic.] Chapter 13
tells us it is 42 months, and you know what that is. Almost a four-year
term of a Presidency.
All I can say is "Lord, Have
mercy on us!"
According to The Book of
Revelations [sic.] the anti-Christ will be a man, in his 40's, of MUSLIM
descent, who will deceive the nations with persuasive language, and have
a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal ... the prophecy says that people will
flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he
is in power, will destroy everything.
Do we recognize this
I STRONGLY URGE each one of
you to post this as many times as you can! Each opportunity that you
have to send it to a friend or media outlet, do it! I refuse to take a
chance on this unknown candidate who came out of nowhere.
As I was listening to a news
program last night, I watched in horror as Barack Obama made the
statement with pride: "We are no longer a Christian nation; we are now a
nation of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, ..." As with so
many other statements I've heard him (and his wife) make, I never
thought I'd see the day that I'd hear something like that from a
presidential candidate in this nation. To think our forefathers fought
and died for the right for our nation to be a Christian nation—and to
have this man say with pride that we are no longer that. How far this
nation has come from what our founding fathers intended it to be.
I hope that each of you will
do what I'm doing now--send your concerns, written simply and sincerely,
to the Christians on your email list. With God's help — and He is still
in control of this nation and all else — we can show this man and the
world in November that we are, indeed still a Christian nation!