Barack and Aimee


Barack as Faith-Healer?
Matt Sutton

The Washington Times ran an obnoxious, provocative editorial this morning dubbing Barack Obama a modern faith-healer. While I vehemently disagree with much of the article, the issue of Obama as a Messiah-figure is worth thinking about. And, most importantly, anyone who links Obama to Aimee Semple McPherson can’t be all bad, right??


phil at: June 11, 2008 at 12:24 PM said...

Interesting article, and gives historians and other analysts of American religion much to think about. On Obama-as-messiah, check this out:

Rabbi Michael Samuel at: June 11, 2008 at 5:43 PM said...

Is Barack Obama being portrayed as a "Messianic" figure?

Given our national obsession with celebrities, projecting a Messianic aura around Obama may say a lot more about our dream for a Messiah. Of course I do not wish to impute that Obama is a "Messiah." For me, Obama certainly comes across as a blend of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy--icons who exuded a Messianic quality. However, to me, Obama is nothing more than a politician--a smooth-talking man who certainly tells the people what they want to hear.

Rabbi Michael Samuel

Anonymous at: June 11, 2008 at 6:53 PM said...

Wow, Obama must be doing his job. The Times author is clearly so worried about the influence he is having on people that he has to combine racial allusions ("brush-arbor revival"? "no Muslim here"? and Oprah's thigh hairs??) with a transparent mix of odd quotes to somehow "prove" that . . . what? Obama is Messiah-like? That other people are starved for a leader they can respect? That some people use hyperbolic religious rhetoric to make a point and garnish their ratings?

I fail to see what any of this really says about Obama as a candidate, other than that poor Wesley Pruden is a wee bit uncomfortable, and is just clever enough to figure out how to use new age spirituality as a hammer just as he uses Islam and slave religion. Would that academic publishing were so easy.

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