On Wednesday, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx told Entertainment Tonight that he was only joking when he called Barack Obama "our lord and savior" during Sunday's broadcast of the annual Soul Train awards.
"I'm a comic," he said, “[and] sometimes I think people get a little too tight. And, it's getting a little tougher for us comedians [because] some people take it and want to make a huge story out of it, but it's a joke."
But it certainly didn't seem like a joke last weekend when he opened up the award ceremony.
"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. Barack Obama," he said.
"Some Christians," ET said in perhaps the understatement of the year, "blogged and tweeted that they found Foxx's comment offensive."
Foxx's comment sparked a firestorm of criticism from a number of Christians who, like pastor and author Rick Warren, saw it as blasphemy.
“That sent shivers up my spine,” Warren told Fox News' Todd Starnes. “There’s a word for that – it’s called blasphemy. It’s wrong.”
Warren told Starnes that the deification of any individual is wrong and goes against the Ten Commandments.
“That’s called creating an idol,” he said. “Idolatry is forbidden by the first two commandments of the Ten Commandments."
"Foxx's epiphany is startling," said Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
"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," he added.
Fox News' Sean Hannity took offense at the comment and said that it's a "reminder of how obsessed left-wing celebrities really are with President Obama.”
This is not the first time some have attempted to deify the president. Since his appearance on the world stage, a number of people have attempted to make him something other than a mortal man occupying a temporary position of power.
After Foxx's comment, for example, news broke of a painting by Michael D’Antuono called "Truth" that portrays Obama in the same pose as a crucified Jesus Christ, complete with a crown of thorns.
According to D'Antuono, the painting is a metaphor not intended to compare Obama to Jesus Christ. That, however, may prove to be a tough sell for many Christians.
Last weekend, we brought you the story of Florida A & M Professor Barbara Taylor, whose new book calls Obama an "apostle" sent by God to create a political heaven on earth. The attempts to deify Obama go back to the 2008 election.
"Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus," said a 2009 editorial in a Danish publication, calling him "the practical saviour of our times."
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