Monday, September 29, 2008

Republican Doesn't Claim Obama is the Anti-Christ

Let's just quote this one in full, and let it stand on its own.

FORT MILL, S.C. -- Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk says he was “just curious” when he forwarded a chain e-mail suggesting Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama is the biblical antichrist. “I was just curious if there was any validity to it,” Funderburk said in a telephone interview. “I was trying to get documentation if there was any scripture to back it up.”

Funderburk apparently sent the e-mail from his business account at Gastonia Sheet Metal where he works as a business agent.

The e-mail, which has circulated in the last six months since Obama secured the Democratic nomination, claims the biblical book of Revelation says the antichrist will be in his 40s and of Muslim ancestry.

There is no such scripture. And Obama is not a Muslim. But that hasn’t stopped the e-mail.

The urban legend Web site Snopes.com first exploded the myth in March. Funderburk forwarded the e-mail this month.

When asked if he believed Obama was the antichrist, Funderburk replied, “I’ve got absolutely no way of knowing that.”

Funderburk said it “probably does give that impression” that he believed the e-mail was true “but that was not my intent.”

The mayor said it was a mistake not to include a subject line when he forwarded the chain e-mail.

“I am curious about current events and their connection to the Bible,” he said.


(h/t Wonkette... comments worth checking out!)

1 comment:

Danielk said...

From Skot, via email:

Ya know, it's strange that the whole antichrist thing this fellow was so "curious" about was partly based on a biblical prophesy that he would be a Muslim. Let's ignore the "Obama ain't Muslim" angle for a mo: Does that mean the Bible actually predicted Mohammad and Islam first (Islam was founded about 700 a.d.), then made a further prognostication that an adherent of this future religion would be Mr. 666? These guys are painting Islam with the "False Prophet" brush: They're giving them an awful lot of credit, huh?

The really sad thing is these supposed Christian guys spread inflammatory spam like this to disinform their fellow Christians. They must think thier co-religionists are idiots. Sad.