Wednesday, April 29, 2009

President Obama – 100 days in office

Cranmer is not remotely inclined to agree with all those circulating rumours of the Right that the sheen has somehow come off the Obama presidency and that his halo has slipped. They are the superficial assertions of lazy journalists; not the considered opinions of astute political observers. With the news that a Republican senator has defected to the Democrats, this is not a presidency with a diminishing aura, but an enduring salvation message of ‘change’ which continues to chime with the American people and with the world.

President Obama’s 100th day in office is being commemorated in New York with the unveiling of ‘The Truth’ – a painting by Michael D'Antuono showing the President wearing a crown of thorns, arms outstretched, parting the veil. It is all distinctly messianic and utterly blasphemous.

There is some discussion about whether he is revealing or concealing, and whether he is being crucified or glorified. But the drapes are clearly hanging drawn above him; they were therefore closed and are now open. And there is no blood, no anguish, no passion; just a slight bashful grin as he turns his head to his good side for the camera. The picture is a glorifying parousia.

The artist calls 'The Truth' a ‘politically, religiously and socially-charged statement on our nation's current political climate and deep partisan divide that is sure to create a dialogue’.

Or division.

In our postmodern, post-Christian, pluralist, relativist world, truth is many-sided, and any attempt to prefix it with the definite article moves politics into the realms of ‘extremist’ religion and immutable dogma. President Obama is certainly a way, imparting a truth about a particular way of life. But the definite articles remain with Christ. There is, of course, nothing new about Barack Obama being hailed as ‘The One’, and this painting follows the sculpture by Matthew J Clark which portrayed the President entering Washington riding on a donkey, preceded by waving palm leaves.

The artist said: "This project was inspired by my thoughts about 'icons' and religious symbols and whether they represent truth or merely represent." He added: “The sculpture poses a question that relates to social conventions, metaphysics, and the collective response of society in reaction to fearful and uncertain times, but doesn't impose an answer. For me, it has much more to do with the general public as followers than any leader granted power."

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said when President Obama talks ‘the Messiah is absolutely speaking’.

The Nation of Islam clearly does not know much about Islam.

But the President is not doing much to give the glory to God. Indeed, his speeches purposely perpetuate the euphoria, and the scriptural allusions are intrinsic to his message of political salvation. Back in January he said: “...a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will suddenly realise that you must go to the polls and vote’ Obama.

And so he has become a religious experience. He continues to mesmerise, and there is no indication that he is waning. Obama worship is akin to Diana worship. We do not do it (yet) to our politicians, but there were hints of it in the coming of Blair, and there is now a religio-political longing for Cameron.

Cranmer shall not examine President Obama’s accomplishments or his failings, for they are utterly subsumed to the primacy of personality. Postmodern politics is not about the fulfilment of political policy, but the feeling of politico-spiritual salvation. The advent of Barack Obama is most certainly not the Second Coming of our Saviour and our Redeemer, the Prince of Peace and King of Kings. But neither is he the Antichrist. He is accomplishing the political equivalent of walking on water, feeding the 5000, and making the blind see.

As the Conservative Party learns to interpret the signs of the times, its hour approacheth nigh.


Anonymous AskYourPreacher said...

It is amazing how quick we are to treat humans like gods. President Obama is a man just like any other, yet he plays to the aura (and you are right he exudes an aura) of the superhuman. His popularity certainly is rising still. What he will do with that popularity remains to be seen. If history is the judge, that kind of fame rarely breeds godly behavior from men.

29 April 2009 at 08:10  
Blogger Yossman said...

Jesus proclaimed to be the Truth, Obama merely redefines and manipulates it. Jesus is the One in whom the image of the divine is bodily present, Obama grafts an image in accordance with the behavioural sciences that portrayes Overman (oops) as the harbinger of world peace. In Jesus we are reconciled with our Creator, in Obama man takes the Creator's seat in deciding who shal live and who shall not.

I find the comparison deeply disturbing. It goes well beyond mere journalistic jest and says something about the times we are entering in which content is given up for mere outer appearance. Obama may not be the Antichrist but he does send shivers down my spine.

29 April 2009 at 08:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all due respect Cranmer, while some Americans and the MSM are enabling the neo-pagan worship of this president, the 56 million + Americans who did not vote for Obama are seeing him and his cabal of left-wing ideologues and venal Chicago misfits for what they are: A leftist demagogue and mendacious enablers with vastly greater potential for divisiveness than the previous administration.

I could offer as evidence the outrage caused by seeing the US president bow, grovel, and glad-hand the tyrants and dictators of the world, the growing discontent of Americans seeing the US debt grow to previously unimaginable levels, and many other examples, but the best indicator of division, angst, and fear caused by the current President are the unimaginable levels of gun sales since November 4th.
Update: USA Buys Enough Guns in 3 Months to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian Army

Even growing up with seemingly more dire threats such as the possibility of MAD during the Cold War, or living through the LA riots, or even 9/11 I was never worried about the direction of my country.

I am now.

29 April 2009 at 08:49  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

On both sides of the Atlantic, the European and American civilisations appear to be projecting religious imagery as an integral part of the super-state (USE and USA).

This is to be expected as we move towards the end-times.

Artists and architects do confess that they have been influenced by imagery in the Bible (why not imagery, say, from the works of Karl Marx or Hitler?).

For example, the 12 twelve stars of the EU’s flag have been taken from the Book of Revelation and look carefully at the design of the EU’s parliament building – it is based upon a painting of the Tower of Babel.

At the same time laws on both sides of the Atlantic are passed which suppress Christianity in the public square. Given that men cannot exist in a cultural vacuum – a new religion using imagery based upon Christianity is emerging. The religion of the Anti-Christ, it seems to me, must emulate Christianity.

For at the nuclear core of the Anti-Christ are two components: ‘anti’ and ‘christ’.

The people who are engineering this, mostly in ignorance, are anxious to have universal unifying values for they understand, just like the Caesars, and the Huxley brothers that a system of values is needed to hold empires together.

The link below is to an EU discussion website that speaks of this theme.

Having said all that I do believe that Britain and the US will shortly experience Christian revivals on a scale never witnessed before; a time is coming when the American eagle shall soar in the skies and the roar of the British lion will be heard once more across the oceans and many ‘immigrants’ shall return to the land of their fathers with the Good News.

The Lion of Judah is coming; He will not forsake His Sceptred Isle; the Apple of His eyes.

29 April 2009 at 09:15  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed.

However, one thing puzzles me. Why you deem this particular piece of art as blasphemous but the painting of Mr Darling on the cross not to be? Could you enlighten me your grace?

29 April 2009 at 09:29  
Anonymous THE RECUSANT said...

'The Truth': D'Antuono Cancels Unveiling of Obama Painting Due to Public Outrage

NEW YORK, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Painter Michael D'Antuono has cancelled the planned public unveiling of his latest work "The Truth" at NYC's Union Square Park on President Obama's 100th day in office due to overwhelming public outrage. The artist's decision was based in part on thousands of emails and phone calls; online blogs and other public commentary received in the first 48 hours following its release.

The painting which was first made public on Friday depicts President Obama appearing much like Jesus Christ on the Cross; atop his head, a crown of thorns. Behind him, the dark veil being lifted (or lowered) on the Presidential Seal. The photo was the most emailed picture on the web.

29 April 2009 at 09:47  
Blogger Gnostic said...

The Obama painting thing sounds like more piling on of bovine effluent to me.

As for religio-political longing - yes to the return of true, common sense Conservative values; no to Cameron.

29 April 2009 at 10:08  
Anonymous Maturecheese said...

In my view, Ron Paul was the man who should have been elected President and the USA will eventually reap the consequences of electing a lefty. Look what happened to us.

Also Rebel Saint makes a very good point

29 April 2009 at 10:17  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Rebel Saint,

His Grace cannot find reference to that of which you accuse him.

29 April 2009 at 10:46  
Anonymous Preacher said...

The worship of a man elevated to messianic fervour shows many things. Firstly the desperation of the populace in these times of crisis & their rejection of the true Messiah. Secondly that there is an organised, powerful body with a hidden adenda behind this portrayal, this group are able to pay for these icons to be produced & they don't come cheap. What is their adenda? Although You Grace has expressed an opinion that Obama is not the Anti Christ it should be born in mind that the word Anti is not used as in anti aircraft gun i.e 'against' but a better translation would be 'another' christ.
This is all starting to look like one of the end time movies, The Omen or something similar, or worse still the relevant scriptures that they take the plot from i.e Revelations 13.
If the president is being innocently used by a shadowy group to further their own ungodly ends, whether it be the Bildebergers, the Illuminati or the devil himself, why doesn't he call a halt to this blasphemous imagery? as president this surely can not be beyond his powers, or is it that in these perilous end times he believes it & is a player for saviour of the world, messiah 2009.

29 April 2009 at 10:53  
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29 April 2009 at 10:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At best Mr Obama is a glib adolescent. The millions who adulate this sonorous shell are as much useful idiots as he is. To reiterate; he is not the messiah. He is not even in the race, Minor artists do not rate as endorsements. Over 50 million US citizens did not vote for him and they are a pugnacious breed.

A reality check is the attitude of the US armed forces. It is increasingly obvious where their loyalty lies--to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. They do not take oath of loyalty to the President. When I see letters such as one from some long suffering grunt in Afghanistan "Dear Commander-in-Chief, drop your pants, bend over and kiss your ass goodbye" I know that the POTUS is in grave danger of believing his 'I won' mindset. His hubris will run into a brick wall with these folks. The US has had one civil war over the rights of States. There is no immutable natural law that says they can't have another.

His best hope is that he changes.


29 April 2009 at 11:07  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Your Grace, I refer to the picture accompanying this post. However I realise I am being presumptuous because you don't actually say whether you consider it blasphemous or not - though a good number of your communicants did.

I realise it is not the main tenet of your post, but I would be interested to know why you consider the Obama picture blasphemous but the Darling picture not (...if that is indeed the case)?

29 April 2009 at 12:00  
Anonymous Chocolate Mousse (Light) said...

I also find this picture offensive and blasphemous.

29 April 2009 at 13:10  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

The Nation of Islam clearly does know much about Islam.
I suspect that Your Grace may have inadvertently omitted a negative.

29 April 2009 at 13:13  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Hank Petram,

Bless you.

Mr Rebel Saint,

The presumption was yours.

29 April 2009 at 13:19  
Blogger Microcosm said...

A few years ago your Grace I was watching a programme made in Cuba about Castro, many locals virtualy spat at the mention of his name, when interviewing one of his close comrades though, he commented on how when Castro dies, his spirit shall live on in the people, in the land and the trees, how he will be felt in the breeze. It struck me then how a political ideololgy that hates Christ and religion, truly just aspires to be what it hates the most.

I wonder if the parting veil reveals communism darkest desire?

29 April 2009 at 13:28  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Microcosm at 13.28


No wonder the early Christians named Satan's emissary and gave him two components to his name: 'Anti' and 'Christ'

29 April 2009 at 13:34  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

Obama is not a Communist or a Muslim, though you can draw superficial comparisons with both ideologies, I think it is more fair to call him a Liberal Globalist of the George Soros type. He is doing things that George Bush could never have done like (soon) invade Pakistan, or introduce conscription for a highly ideological "Civilian Army" to fight "terrorist threat" within - Red State Americans who are proud of their second amendment rights and value American independence and personal freedoms.

29 April 2009 at 14:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Cranmer shall not"

Why the emphasis? Who prevents you?

29 April 2009 at 14:31  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Anonymous at 14.31

I can put you out of your chaotic lifestyle misery.

How can his Grace reply to someone in the anonymous closet?

29 April 2009 at 15:13  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

President Obama’s 100th day in office is being commemorated in New York with the unveiling of ‘The Truth’Ah, but what is truth? Quid est veritas?

Pravda is not the only truth.

29 April 2009 at 15:19  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Hank - you can do better than that?

dicit ei Iesus ego sum via et veritas et vita nemo venit ad Patrem nisi per me

29 April 2009 at 15:46  
Anonymous no nonny said...

I support Cranmer's publication of these pictures. I don't find either image (Darling/Obama) blasphemous. In these cases, I think blasphemy, like beauty, lies in the eye of the beholder.

For me both (actually all 3) pictures are SATIRE. They crucify the claims and postures of men who presume - blasphemously - to act out the role of Christ/God. In this light, Obama/Darling appear as figures of Anti-Christ rather than as religious men who humbly attempt 'imitatio Christi.'

And yes, as communicants have said on this and previous strands - Marx and his followers use Christian imagery to promote their own negative agenda of uniting us under Communist rule. The pictures, therefore, also pillory an insult to our intelligence: they debunk the political appropriation of that imagery.

Now satire is a little rough, for my taste. I'm not keen on it even when it's as well veiled as Chaucer's (some people still think that's 'gentle' irony). However, our times and these characters seem yet again to call for strong reaction from those with eyes to see - and whose freedom to speak and to hear is increasingly compromised.

[I mean - surely we're not oblivious of the fuss about the super-database surveillance that's checking the internet? ...]

29 April 2009 at 16:08  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Obama is a Chicago Machine politician whose background is as a community activist and who has the patter suited to that role.

The Media responds to such a background as it fits their template. Clinton had the patter despite being the worst US President since Calvin Coolidge.

Obama has done nothing yet. At the same stage George Bush was still about to visit the World Trade Center - 100 Days is media-drive - 2 years is more important because voters then decide whether the President's coattails need clipping

Obama is background at present he has not had a crisis to test him and until he does he is simply in office

29 April 2009 at 16:11  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

D. Singh

Quod scripsi,scripsi.

29 April 2009 at 16:13  
Anonymous Cucking Funts said...

pipe Down! All this Latin.

29 April 2009 at 18:31  
Anonymous len said...

The twenty fourth chapter of Matthew contains the Messiahs most comprehensive teaching on His second coming.In it He gave us specific signs to look out for that would immediately precede His return. Some of the signs include, false prophets and false messiahs, wars, earthquakes, famine, the persecution of Gods people, the moral decay of society, a great apostasy, or falling away from true faith, the rise of the Anti- Christ, the re-birth of Israel, the rebuilding of the Jerusalem Temple, a final outbreak of anti- semitism, and unprecedented destruction on a world wide basis.

29 April 2009 at 19:43  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

Len, can you name a time when there haven't been false prophets and false messiahs, earthquakes, famines, persecutions and all the rest of it? The only item on your list that we haven't had so far, it seems, is the rebuilding of the Jerusalem Temple.

29 April 2009 at 20:05  
Anonymous no nonny said...

I find the monikker at 18:31 offensive - and I actually quite appreciate a little Latin. Erudition, you know? And no chance it'll turn into the lingua franca, given present day laziness and ignorance.

Hank Petram - Depends what you mean by Temple, I suppose; though indeed the list Len cites has been constant through the ages. But Matt 24 says also: "Now all these are the beginnings of sorrows" (8) - I do believe it's getting worse and that the scale of the present application is unprecedented. Aren't we getting a little closer to "...and you shall be hated by all nations for my name's sake" (9)?

Vis a vis false appropriation of Christian imagery - am amused to see v. 32: "And from the fig tree learn a parable: When the branch thereof is now tender, and the leaves come forth, you know that summer is nigh." Do the 'green shoots' brigade know whence they paraphrase?

[I'm using Douay Reims; sometimes slightly diff. format from KJ]

29 April 2009 at 20:58  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

Hank Petram - Depends what you mean by Temple, I suppose; No nonny, I mean a new Jewish Temple being (re)built on the Temple Mount, where the Dome of the Rock now stands.

Will Netanyahu oblige, do you suppose? Me, I wouldn't bet on it.

29 April 2009 at 22:07  
Blogger WATCH AND PRAY said...

Thank you for your blog. I enjoy it so much! God is using you my friend in ways you are not even quite aware of at this time. Continue "to contend for the faith, that was once delivered to the saints" (Jude 1:3)

29 April 2009 at 23:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as Obama is concerned.

He will end up making even George Bush look like superman, by the time he is assassinated or removed from office.

As far as the future of this still rather pleasant looking planet is concerned, things are looking increasingly grim. The below may help some of you to partially understand why.

It was not my intention to doubt that the doctrines of the Illuminati and principles of Jacobinism, had not spread into the United States, on the contrary no one is more truly satified of this fact them I am.

Quote George Washington

The American Democrat, and British Labour and Liberal Party's are the Political fronts for JACOBINISM.

The author of the book Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, Jonah Goldberg, describes Jacobinists as

"Ones during the French Revolution who sought to nationalize and centralize all aspects of a civilization contrasting with modern Conservatism, right-wing, or Classical Liberalism, but more similar to modern liberalism or progressivism. Another word for Jacobinism is of course revolutionary COMMUNISM.

Occasionally, neoconservatives are derisively referred to as "Neo-Jacobins." For incredibly obvious reasons.

Neo Conservatives are not conservatives in any way shape of form, they are in true reality COMMUNIST subversives, that have far more in common with where Adolf Hitler, Gordon Brown or Joseph Stalin all came from, then Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, or Ben Disraeli.

In this country Jacobinism is also intellectually represented by The Fabian Society. Of which Tony and Ian Blair are lifetime members. Tony Blair is also a Knight of Malta, and Gordon Brown is a mason of the Scottish Rite. As such they have both sworn a BLOOD oath to serve without question a foreign power. Namely The Pope in Rome.

Scottish rite masonry was radically restructured by a chap named Albert Pike, a co founder of The Clu Klux Clan. Albert Pike was also a high druid, Confederate General, a slave owner and devout racist.

He has a statue of himself erected not far from George Washington in Washington District of Columbia.

You don't have to be a 'mad' conspiracy theorist to add two and two together and come up with four, especially now days, but it most surly helps.

Atlas shrugged, but no one noticed.

30 April 2009 at 02:07  
Blogger Theo said...

There are a couple of things that I don't understand about this Obama chap. Firstly, muslims who convert to Christianity have to have an expoerience of seeing the light which usually affects the way they see themselves and the world around them, a damascene experience in which they thrill. So far we've heard nothing from Obama who was about as muslim as it's possible to get before his "conversion" - or was it simply politically inconvenient to continue to be muslim? Hardly the credentials, whichever way you look at it, of a conviction politician.

Secondly, as all shades of Islam regard apostasy as a capital offense we have not heard a peep out of them threatening him with this punishment. Does the Islamic world know somrthing we don't and we have the Islamic practice of taqiyya being practiced before our very eyes.

30 April 2009 at 05:23  
Anonymous len said...

Hank Petram
You are perfectly correct, only the temple to go,
I believe all the utensils to be used inside the temple are already made!
The clock started ticking with the re-birth of Israel.

30 April 2009 at 07:57  
Blogger ZZMike said...

The Obamites are working hard to give him the same cultural status in the US as Chairman Mao did in China, not too long ago. I cite the hundreds of magazine covers featuring him and Michelle, the daily adulation by our media, ...

It may well be that when 2012 rolls around, we will be clamoring for him to run yet again for the Office.

Or maybe even President-for-Life, which will be befitting the third-world country we will have descended into.

Anon at 2:07: " founder of The Clu Klux Clan."

Possibly a slip of the fingers. That unworthy organization is the Ku Klux Klan (from the Greek "kyklos" (="circle")).

"Neo Conservatives are not conservatives in any way shape of form, they are in true reality COMMUNIST subversives, ..."

And there goes the rest of your credibility.

30 April 2009 at 20:08  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...


Stating that “my intention was never to offend or to cause pain,” the artist has withdrawn his painting which will not now be exhibited:

30 April 2009 at 23:14  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

Contrary to poular opinion I was not born in a Manger, In fact I was born on Planet Krypton and have been sent here to save planet earth.

No, not my words, but those of the Messia.

President Obama.

1 May 2009 at 20:09  

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