With a deranged zealotry that would make a diehard Wahabist jealous, some American fundamentalists are floating the image of Obama as the Anti-Christ of their fondest dreams. From the Times of London:
"Really. Just because their own candidate is a teeny bit dull, that's no reason for US republicans to start linking poor old Obama to the feared coming of the Antichrist. But Hal Lindsey, a leading figure in U.S. apocalyptic Christian circles,has written on WorldNetDaily that Obama’s recent overseas tour blazed a trail that the Antichrist was sure to follow. Faithworld explains that in apocalyptic circles "Antichrist is often portrayed as the leader of a world government who will probably emerge from the United Nations or some other multilateral institution loathed by the right.
“… the Bible says that such a leader (the Antichrist) will soon make his appearance on the scene. It won’t be Barack Obama, but Obama’s world tour provided a foretaste of the reception he can expect to receive,” wrote Lindsey,“He will probably also stand in some European capital, addressing the people of the world and telling them that he is the one that they have been waiting for. And he can expect as wildly enthusiastic a greeting as Obama got in Berlin.”
On the other hand, nowhere that I can find in the Apocalypse mentions that the Beast or Antichrist wears natty tailored suits and a grin. It takes a bit of a stretch to see Obama as "a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten diadems, and upon his heads names of blasphemy. ... and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion."'
So the born-again weasels aren't exactly saying Obama is the Anti-Christ, just that he looks like the evildoer.
Hal Lindsey may be shrewdly dancing around the issue but his point will undoubtedly strike a chord with the like minded.