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June 09, 2009

’Newsweek’ editor: Obama ’sort of God’

We've talked about Obama worship before -- but I'm not sure I ever expected it to get quite this literal.

(H/T John Romano at Big Hollywood)

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I'm having "Left Behind" flashbacks...

Dan Gill

Evan Thomas, 2007, "...our job is to bash the President..."

Evan Thomas, 2009, "...he's sort of a God."

His job description changed with the new administration! Amazing!

H/T to Confederate Yankee via Brutally Honest

Jason Taylor

Actually they are probably just using pagan metaphors that are commonly used in cultured circles.

I rather suspect though that conservatives and liberals seem to differ not just on policy but on the personality they wish in a President.

Kim Moreland

I've been worried about the worship of Obama since before he was elected.

This whole situation reminds me of the Egyptians and how they worshipped their leaders as gods.

In reality, people like Evan Thomas worship Obama because they don't worship the true God.

Diane Singer

LeeQuod, I'm also having "Left Behind" flashbacks!! =) What I find ironic is that many Christians bash the eschatology of those books, but current events are more in line with LaHaye's understanding of Bible prophecy than the view held by his critics. Time will tell.

Randy Thomas

Amazing. Just out there and everything. Oh and disclaimer, my last name is Thomas but I don't think Obama worship is genetic. At least I have never felt inclined to do so.

Thank goodness.

Jason Taylor

Actually I'm thinking they are just being silly. It is hard to imagine many of these reporters worshipping anything.

Jason Taylor

This reminds me of one Roman Emperor, who near his death cynically joked "I am becoming a god...I think"

At that time religion was considered something for elites to laugh at and manipulate the masses with, for philosophers to think false, for lower orders to think true, and for bureaucrats to think useful.

To be fair, in a lot of cases it was because they were stoics and hence belived in something else rather then being narcissists who believed in nothing.


If Thomas had said "he's sort of *a* god" instead of "sort of God" there would be nothing to talk about. And, if the man is not a believer in God, then he merely mispoke. Furthermore, Thomas didn't say he regarded Obama as a god, but only that Obama acted as if he were a god.


Jason, I think everyone just ignored you. I agree though. And this got to be a really weird conversation. The end of the world from some off-hand metaphorical comments of a Newsweek reporter? Christians are crazy. I happen to be one, but we really are crazy. People need to do some serious Revelation studying. While Left Behind may be entertaining in a Dan Brown lit sort of way, it's not scripture. It's an interpretation that, if wrong, is quite dangerous, and deserves more thought than I think most people give it.

Gina Dalfonzo

Weird remarks (i.e., "he's sort of God") tend to lead to weird conversations, I think.


Brizzle wrote: "Left Behind [...] deserves more thought than I think most people give it."

For the record, I stopped reading at about Book 5 or 6 of the "trilogy", when I realized I'd have to buy another 7 or 8 books to see how it turned out. And I don't swallow fiction uncritically.

But what Diane and I find surprising is that a portion of Book 1 that seemed very outlandish - grizzled reporters being willing to refer to a politician as "God" - is now plausible, and has in fact happened. It's rather like those people in the 1930s and early 1940s who ridiculed Revelation for referring to "Israel" as a nation of Jews, when at the time only non-Jews lived there. Today, a battle in the plains of Megiddo (e.g., Armageddon) seems not only possible, but even likely.

But I don't line up in lockstep with Tim LaHaye or anyone else. I just do my best to have ears to hear.

And I never ignore Jason Taylor, not even when he's pulling Wallis Simpson in from left field. He always makes me think, and that is always valuable.

Jason Taylor

Actually there have been several battles around the plains of Megiddo and likly will be several more. General Allenby's conquest(as in Lawrence of Arabia)took place about there.

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