There is a reason Newsweek as a print magazine met its demise last year. Between 2008 and 2012, editor Tina Brown tried to make up for a decrease in revenue by catering to a slightly different audience. But even still, nobody was buying their liberal trash, so now it operates as a solely online magazine.
Someone alert the folks at Newsweek that we’ve found the cause of their troubled sales.
Last week’s digital cover pictured President Obama in profile, facing stage right, head tilted every so slightly upward, forward-looking, confident, victorious. The light hitting his face creates a darkness behind him, a metaphor for his leading us into brighter, glorious days. And below it all, in bold text, the headline: “The Second Coming.”
This is one of the more flagrant examples of the media’s likening of Obama to Jesus Christ. Newsweek has previously published similar imagery to attribute, if not Christhood, at least holiness to our President. The May 13 issue of last year pictured Obama on the cover with a rainbow-colored halo hovering over his head, accompanied by the celebratory headline, “The First Gay President” (this was after Obama came out in “support” of gay marriage).
Other examples of comparisons to Christ include but are not limited to:
- Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader and friend of Obama, saying in February 2008, “Barack Obama, to me, is a herald of the Messiah,” and, “[Obama] has involved young people in a political process that they didn’t care anything about. That’s a sign. When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking.”
- An elementary-school teacher on a taxpayer-funded salary had her students sing a song about Obama’s “glory” and how we need to “serve him.”
- Teenagers at the Urban Community Leadership Academy chanted militantly about Obama being the “Alpha” and “Omega.” You’ll never be more creeped-out than when watching this video.
- Another example comes again from Newsweek, this time with another editor, Evan Thomas, saying of Obama in an interview, “He’s sort of God.”
- There was this painting of Obama in a Christlike pose and donning a crown of thorns. It was officially unveiled in Union Square in Manhattan to mark Obama’s 100th day in office. There was a big to-do about in conservative media.
Certainly Obama has seen or has at the very least been informed of the imagery that is out there (example 1, 2, and 3). But he has not once addressed them, not even to say, “Look, guys, I’m flattered and all, but I, as a Christian, am offended at the comparisons, and you should really just knock it off, please.” The reason this has not happened, I believe, is because Obama’s image of himself is not that far out of alignment with these messianic comparisons. He has no qualms about them. He is notoriously narcissistic.
There are countless other examples, and it all brings me to this point: economic woes aside, no nation can escape judgment when its people worship a false god, especially when that god is alive and has the full ability (and time, when he’s not golfing) to denounce the Christlike portrayal of him.