Evangelist Ray Comfort - among others - says actor Jamie Foxx's
recent declaration of Barack Obama as "our lord and savior"
reflects not just a lack of knowledge, but also a lack of
discernment among society in general.
Touted as "The One" during his first presidential election in
2008, after which Louis Farrakhan dubbed Barack Obama the
"messiah," the Commander-in-Chief was hailed as "our lord and
savior" by Jamie Foxx at the Soul Train Music Awards this week.
While many think the entertainer has taken Obama adulation too far,
some Christian leaders dismiss the words as show of sheer
Foxx began the award ceremony on Black Entertainment Television
Sunday night with the words: "First of all, give an honor to our
god and our lord and savior, Barack Obama. Barack Obama." (See video)
Just a harmless jab at humor or an intentional call for
reverence of what many consider to be a modern-day icon? Not quite.
Some influential conservatives have a whole different take.
of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks," Dr. Michael L.
Brown, host of the national radio talk show, Line of
Fire, told OneNewsNow. "An idiotic statement reveals a very
lost and confused heart. Jamie Foxx, along with all those who
applauded his words, needs prayer!"
Brown, the president and founder of the FIRE School of
Ministry, expressed that Foxx is more in need of sympathy than
condemnation for his uncanny and offensive statement. In fact, when
it comes to God, the Oscar-winning actor has actually declared his
own ignorance, a year ago in a YouTube video, "What does God mean
to me? I don't know."
And one of America's most acclaimed evangelists concurs that a
lack of knowledge and discernment is Foxx's main charge.
Name of God and the Name of Jesus are commonly used as cuss words,"
Ray Comfort, founder and CEO of Living Waters
Publications, pointed out to OneNewsNow. "That's clearly
blasphemy. But I don't even know if I would call Jamie Foxx's words
'blasphemy.' I think it's more like 'stupidity.'"
Acknowledging that the name of God is taken much too lightly in
modern culture, Comfort sees that the Church has much to do to wean
a biblically illiterate society from its blissful ignorance.
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
president Bill Donohue sees this lack of knowledge nothing short of
"Foxx's epiphany is startling," Donohue stated. "It just goes to
show that even though Obama did not succeed in stopping the oceans
from rising [as he promised to do in 2008], he did succeed in
convincing Jamie Foxx, and no doubt legions of others, that God
exists. Whether God can survive an ACLU lawsuit accusing him of
violating church and state grounds remains to be seen."
Adding to the image of the President's cult of personality,
calendars were sold before the 2012 Democrat National
Convention that had August (the month of Obama's birth) feature a
photo of the president in the Oval Office, along with his birth
certificate and these words: "Heaven Sent: For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life ─ John
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Is irreverence to Obama less tolerated than irreverence
Shortly after the Foxx controversy unleashed, conservative radio
personality Glenn Beck dropped a President Obama bobblehead into a
jar of fake urine on his TV program.
Beck pulled the stunt not in response to the
comedian-turned-rapper's words, but to symbolize the hypocrisy of
how America and the media appear to tolerate irreverent "art," such
as Michael D'Antuono's "Truth" painting of Obama portrayed as
Jesus, with a crown of thorns on his head in a crucified
That painting is currently showcased in an art
exhibit titled "Artists on the Stump ─ the Road to the White House
2012" at Boston's Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery ─ four
years after public outrage kept it from appearing in New York.
Ridiculing what some consider art, Beck appeared on television
Tuesday pretending to be a French artist uncovering his mock
masterpiece called "Obama in Pee Pee," which he jokingly said was
valued at $25,000.
"I like to call this 'Flobama,'" Beck jested. "I have been
working on a masterpiece. I have been working on something for
quite a while. When I say quite a while, I mean all day, small
little doses all day. I drank a lot of water when I did this."
Alongside this presentation on Beck's website, The Blaze, what
some might consider a disclaimer appears.
"Beck decided that submerging an Obama 'bobblehead' doll in
urine (later revealed to be completely fake) was necessary to
convey his artistic message," the statement reads. "He of course
realizes this will be controversial and that many will find his use
of the Obama figurine to be disrespectful. The idea, for Beck
however, is not to be untoward, but through irony, to highlight the
hypocrisy of those who would shout in defiance at defacing the
image of a sitting U.S. president, but not that of an image so
sacred to Christianity - the world's largest religion."
The jar with the Obama figurine and yellow fluid was meant to
remind people of American "artist" and photographer Andres Serrano,
who passed off as art a photo of a crucifix submersed in a jar of
his urine and cow blood ─ for which he received $15,000 in 1987
from the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts.
Earlier this year in February, President Obama sanctioned $155
million in taxpayer funds for the National Endowment of the Arts at
the New York Museum of Art, where Serrano's "Piss Christ" was
Beck continued to use his faux piece of art to expose the
hypocrisy of Muslims threatening those who insult their prophet
Muhammad, as he notes on his website:
"If his image were defaced in the same way as Christ's has been
so many times, the backlash could indeed be deadly and lead to the
'artist' in question pursued by U.S. law enforcement, as was the
case for the creators of the YouTube video 'Innocence of