Mar 21 2013

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RUMORS: They Said Satan Looks Like Barack Obama and then Anti-Gays Advise Helped. Media’s Working Hard to Turn People Off God and The Bible Series

EDITORIAL: As far as the religious leaders who advised on the series and their label as “anti-gays” is ridiculous and a pissing match that can’t be won on the most basic of facts and doctrine of the Bible. The problem is gays and lesbians want something no one else in the universe can have. Absolution!!

I’m not anti-gay but no one gets a pass on what’s considered sin. That means adulterers, fornicators, people who lie, cheat on their taxes, road rage, murderers, thieves, etc. etc. etc. The World is a mess. We ALL have sins we live with. A person of God doesn’t have to say being gay isn’t a sin. What a person of God needs to be saying is I accept you and love you through Christ’s love. We are ALL sinners!!

Get over yourself and your choices. Live with them like the rest of us do. Through the grace of God. Give and you shall receive!!

Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY – 2:34p.m. EDT March 18, 2013

Coincidence or political statement?

Hot on the Web: The resemblance of the Satan character in the History Channel’s Bible series to President Obama.

Twitter erupted on Sunday night as the History Channel show was airing with comments about actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni and Obama.

Conservative Glenn Beck was among them. He sent out a screenshot and the note: “Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on HIstory Channel looks exactly like That Guy?”

Now the buzz is: Was the casting just a coincidence or is it a political statement?

The Daily News‘ headline is: “What the hell? Satanic-looking Obama has many questioning eerie resemblance in History Channel broadcast.”

The Hollywood Reporter notes that The Bible series is a collaboration between Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey. Burnett has given to Democratic candidates, including Obama in 2008 and the DNC in 2009, while he also produces Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice and was behind Sarah Palin’s first reality effort.

Downey, while not publicly identifying with a party, is a devout Catholic who has spoken in public about her faith quite often. She starred in the TV series Touched By an Angel.

UPDATE: “This is utter nonsense,” say exec producers Burnett and Downey in a joint statement. “The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics – including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President.”

Downey added, “Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”

The History Channel adds in a statement: “History Channel has the highest respect for President Obama. The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. History’s The Bible is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history.”

And Beck weighed in on Twitter on Monday afternoon saying, “Media – relax. Actor has been in similar roles b4. Funny, nothing more. For different reasons, #TheBible is 1 of my fav shows. Keep watching.”

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