Jamie Foxx proclaims Obama as 'messiah' to cheering crowd
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Actor and musician Jamie Foxx just spat, figuratively, on the faith of all believers, committing blasphemy by replacing Jesus with Barack Obama. Foxx made the offensive remarks during an awards ceremony on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada.
LAS VEGAS, NV (Catholic Online) - Las Vegas may have an anything goes mentality, but that certainly does not extend to nationally televised events. Crossing well over the line, Foxx proclaimed "It's like church over here. It's like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama."
Foxx was being broadcast live on national television for the 2012 Soul Train Awards.
When he mentioned God, some in the crowd cheered, then when he mentioned Obama, the crowd erupted. This is troubling because although the event was a media stunt, the comment was still blasphemous. To see the crowd cheer more loudly for Obama than for God is also disturbing.
Hollywood celebrities, especially comedians, are infamous for their criticisms of sacred icons in American culture, such as Rosanne Barr's disrespectful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at a baseball game in 1990. However, the audience typically rejects such disrespect. Barr was loudly booed and widely condemned for her stunt, and she later apologized.
Likewise, the same should go for Foxx; no Christian should support his blasphemy by watching his shows until he demonstrates sincere repentance for his blasphemy.
Christians deserve better.
However, Foxx's remarks were not booed by the audience nor has he apologized for them. Following the remark, Foxx went on to use his platform to cheerlead for Barack Obama.
While Foxx may have had every right to profess his affectionate support for the President, equating Obama to the only true Messiah is a remark that must be mightily repudiated. The comparison is offensive to pious ears.
Despite the media attention that the comments are attracting this morning, there has not yet been any word from Foxx.
This outburst provides Obama, who professes to be a Christian, an opportunity to exercise his faith before the American people and condemn what is clearly an act of blasphemy.
For his part, Barack Obama, possibly the most anti-life president in history, is certainly no messiah. Obama has not issued any statement on the remarks.
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