Barack Obama has a way of drawing from his followers the most absurd imputations of divine power and calling. On October 29th of last year, I posted about an article wherein Sting suggested that Obama had been divinely sent to straighten the world out.
I developed an outlandish conspiracy theory that evolved into a prediction:
Ridiculous conspiracy theory: There is a conspiracy afoot to make Obama look like the Antichrist, by outlandishly imputing divinity to him. Taking these grotesque displays of slavish devotion (converting Sunday School songs into paeans to Obama, to be performed in public schools?) into consideration, Christian believers will be more inclined to at least consider the idea that Obama is the Antichrist of the Revelation of John.
Subsequently, poll results will show that a surprising number of American Christians are willing to allow the possibility. (This is actually a sign that the poll respondents are able to apply basic logic. One could only answer such a poll in the negative if one was certain that the negative was true. That is, an absence of relevant evidence results in a default positive answer. One who takes the New Testament seriously would be hard-pressed to conclusively eliminate any powerful person, whatever their political tastes.) Left-wing blogs, followed closely by MSNBC hosts and the New York Times editorial page, will mis-report this possibility as settled belief, thereby collectively marginalizing the country's entire religious population.
A current sampling of headlines culled from Google News:
I claim 100% accuracy for my prediction. I nailed it. (No Nostradamus action needed--The media is just that easy to predict.) But what I didn't expect was for the ridiculous conspiracy to pick up a little credence as well. No, not that there's a master plan to make Republicans give discrediting poll answers--but certainly that someone ran this poll, at this moment, in order to wedge voters away from the Republicans at a critical moment.
And also, it seems, to sell books. The Washington Examiner has the lowdown on exactly how phony this poll is, and why and by whom it was commissioned. But this statement alone should be enough to tell the story: "The poll was done among those who sign up for questionairres [sic] in exchange for cash and gifts."