Many years ago I had a friend who concluded he was the Archangel Michael, when in fact he was merely an out-of-work English teacher. It had its amusing side, like the night he concluded Satan had turned off his radio in the early hours of the morning in Forest Lodge. My friend had been listening to JJJ at full volume apparently, and Satan, in the guise of a pissed-off neighbour, pulled the plug at my friend’s fuse box. My friend — it was a hot night — set off in search of a public phone (this was before mobiles) to inform JJJ, as you would, about what Satan had done but forgot that he was naked at the time. That’s when the police spotted him, and on hearing why he was wandering about in the nude took him to an appropriate place.
My friend of course was mad.
People with a similar hold on reality have apparently come to the conclusion that Barack Obama has apocalyptic significance, as reported by an amazed Christian blogger in Scotland: "a 29 year old teacher, musician, worship leader and husband from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland".
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…
I too like Obama’s political and religious views and like that blogger find the reactions he reports very scary indeed. When I remember what happened to Bobby Kennedy it gets even scarier.
Lynn Sweet: Obama: On Faith and Politics. And Alan Keyes. This post has the Call to Renewal Keynote Address 2006 which I referred to on WordPress: On the US presidential race. There are lots of comments, some really sane! Then there are "I am really the Archangel Michael" people as well, and others who stay within the bounds of not needing to be certified — just:
I heard this morning that none other than AL FRANKEN is endorsing this man. If Al Franken has chosen this man over Hillary Clinton, I am concerned and anything the man says is suspect to me. Obama is affiliated with a group called Sadeen. After some research, I have found this group to be PLO supporters. Tell me how "moderate Democrat" Obama is garnering support from the Jewish Al Franken and a Democratic voting Jewish public? Also, as the son of a single, immigrant mother, who funded his exhorbitant education? And why, in early November were there literally thousands of hits when searching "anti-Christ Barak Obama" and now there are barely any? Those that are found are Christian parodies. The old adage warns us to "follow the money." I suggest we do so because there is a lot more to this man than meets OUR eyes. I am not suggesting he is the anti-Christ, but I would not argue his sinister intent. Remember – this Great Country was founded on Christian values, regardless of what the secularists may say. Evey minute of our existence, the success of the US is challenged by forces we may or may not understand. Tread carefully.
And there is this blogger. Where do they come from, these people?
As for Google: Results 1 – 10 of about 71,200 for barack obama antichrist. Have fun.
And as for the Bobby Kennedy comparison: this has occurred to others. See the VodPod.
UPDATE 28 February
I find there is now an entire blog devoted to this important topic:
Many things were said about Kevin Rudd during the 2007 Australian election, but nothing quite like this, even by the most deranged.