Newspaper confirms Obama not the Antichrist

Posted February 16, 2015

— If you need any more proof that we are living in a strange world where obscure foibles can become worldwide sensations, look no further than the tale of a correction to a Lexington Dispatch letter to the editor headline. 

The original letter, written by Boyd W. Thomas, of Welcome, N.C., was published during the first week of February. It leads with, "God states that seven kings must come before the rise of the Antichrist. Revelations 17:10 says the seventh king will reign for a short amount of time. Is Barack Obama the seventh king?" It then goes on to link the letter writer's theological interpretation to assertions made about the Obama administration. 

Lexington Dispatch correction Apparently, the first headline the newspaper put on the letter suggested that President Obama might be the Antichrist, rather than just a precursor.  That headline prompted the following correction from the paper: "Boyd Thomas' letter Saturday contained an error in the headline. He does not believe President Obama is the Antichrist, who will come after seven kings, according to Revelation. He thinks Obama could be the seventh king."

That correction caught the attention of Michael Biesecker, an Associated Press reporter who grew up in Lexington and posted a photo of the notice on Facebook. 

From his post, and perhaps a few other social media shares, the correction seems to have taken off, presumably because, given the tenor of modern political debate, the substance of the correction doesn't always seem to be assumed. 

Fox Radio posted the correction on its website, as did newspapers such as The Houston Chronicle and Washington Times and outlets such as Daily Mail overseas. And, of course, new media firms such as Gawker, Talking Points Memo and Huffington Post weighed in.

All of that has brought the story back to North Carolina, where we're noting all the talk about the correction.

For those who got bogged down in all that "Love thy neighbor" stuff in the Bible and never made it to Revelation, the actual line in question is, "And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space." According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Revelation to John "cannot be adequately understood except against the historical background that occasioned its writing. Like Daniel and other apocalypses, it was composed as resistance literature to meet a crisis. The book itself suggests that the crisis was ruthless persecution of the early church by the Roman authorities."


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  • Eric Hammond Feb 18, 2015
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    Obama? the anti-christ? really? let's break down that term - "anti" means opposite of, and "Christ" refers to Christ and everything he taught, stood for. Anyone who has read the bible knows his teachings, now think who in our history has stood for EVERYTHING Jesus taught - the only possible answer is THE GOP !
    Anyway, the whole Armageddon Scenario is pointless, it's a reference to the fall of Rome! The idea that Revelations was about the future DID NOT EXIST until the late 1500's, and get this - the "rapture" is not coming. why? Because it IS NOT in the Bible! It was the creation of a mentally ill girl in England in the mid 1800's, used and twisted by a preacher to scare the mess out of people to convert them to his church so HE could get rich!!! (an act that is in fact anti-christian)

  • Bob Cooke Feb 18, 2015
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    Sorry Manin, but the poor are poorer and the rich are richer under his policies. Maybe he is trying (I doubt it) .....but if so, he's just not very good at it.

  • Joe Corey Feb 17, 2015
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    The Real Antichrist was Ronald Wilson Reagan - notice all his names have six letters. 666.

  • Alan Baker Feb 17, 2015
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    I can never tell if you're unbalanced enough to really believe this or if it's just an childish pose. Either way, despite all the whining American is still standing (and arguably better off) six years into his Presidency. I don't like many things about the President either but it takes a special kind of screw loose (or a particular kind of opportunistic cynicism) to pretend he's an enemy to our country.

  • Larry Lynch Feb 16, 2015
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    o bama is not the anti-Christ. he is a closet muslim and has the ability to damage America at least as bad as George bush [of the bush clan] did. and that is saying a lot. since we choose not to impeach bush fir failure to secure the southern border an it is an established fact he personally tried to set 12 million illegals loose on the usa {amnesty} then in fairness we must give Hussein Obama equal treatment and a free ride.

  • David Hartman Feb 16, 2015
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    Obama may not be the Anti-Christ, but he is as hostile to the well-being of America as we know it as any foreign enemy.

  • Jeff DeWitt Feb 16, 2015
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    Gee, I thought we were talking about 0bama, nice attempt at deflection there.

  • Larry Hovis Feb 16, 2015
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    Of course he's not the Antichrist.Get real people.He's far worse.

  • Lorna Schuler Feb 16, 2015
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    No kidding! I've never seen so many so slavishly enthralled with a mere mortal leader in my lifetime...and I'm far from a spring chicken. He is not the anti-Christ and he is definitely not the Messiah.
    He is a mere mortal, who is far from perfect in any sense of the world. Just as previous leaders have been imperfect.

  • Myna Byrde Feb 16, 2015
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    @JEFF DEWITT: By all means let's get serious here! There's no question that Saints Bush, Bush & Reagan are the greatest leaders this country has ever known! Their policies have raised scores from poverty. The younger St. Bush's excursions into Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in peace and stability in the Mideast. The current RepubliChrists are poster children for Jesus's Beattitudes. Christ's parable of the rich man getting into heaven and a camel passing through the eye of a needle is certainly not applicable to the Koch's or any of their ilk! We should all heed Prophets Rush, Sean and Bill and Faux News for they shall not lead us astray!