I’d been wondering about all the wingers who were calling Obama “the Messiah.” It seemed like an odd kind of slur.
Now much has become clear.
It seems that dog-whistling on Obama-as-Antichrist is gaining ground, including a commercial spot from the McCain campaign.
Perhaps the most puzzling scene in the ad is an altered segment from The 10 Commandments that appears near the end. A Moses-playing Charlton Heston parts the animated waters of the Red Sea, out of which rises the quasi-presidential seal the Obama campaign used for a brief time earlier this summer before being mocked into retiring it. The seal, which features an eagle with wings spread, is not recognizable like the campaign’s red-white-and-blue “O” logo. That confused Democratic consultant Eric Sapp until he went to his Bible and remembered that in the apocalyptic Book of Daniel, the Antichrist is described as rising from the sea as a creature with wings like an eagle.
Do read the entire Time article.
Over at Slacktivist, Fred Clark, who has been doing a brilliant anaylsis/takedown of the Left Behind series from the conservative Christian point of view, has picked up on this story. Read his commentary too. (And read his critique of Left Behind while you’re at it.)