According to a new Harris poll conducting during the height of the health care debate, 24% of the surveyed 2,230 Republicans think Obama “may be the Antichrist.”

Okay “may be” and “is” are two different things all together. Anyone “may be” anything, and that verb form is pretty speculative. Plus Glenn Beck may have a different candidate for the Beast: Director James Cameron. At least that’s what Cameron says in an Avatar home-video press session:

Glenn Beck is a fucking asshole. I’ve met him. He called me the anti-Christ and not about Avatar. He hadn’t even seen Avatar [at the time]. I don’t know if he has seen it [since].

The Beastly epithet was delivered when Cameron was exploring an ossuary in The Lost Tomb of Jesus. But actually James, you need to turn down your hubris a bit. According to CNN transcripts, what Beck said was:

Many people believe James Cameron officially has tossed his hat in the ring today and is officially running for anti-Christ.

Cameron “may be” the Antichrist, and the director has some equally vacillating views about Beck:

I think, you know what, he may or may not be an asshole, but he certainly is dangerous, and I’d love to have a dialogue with him.

Note the backsliding from “is a fucking asshole” to “may or may not be an asshole.”

And while 24% of Republicans believe that Obama “may be” the Antichrist,
* 67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that Obama is a socialist
* 45 percent of Republicans (25 percent overall) agree with the Birthers in their belief that Obama was “not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president”
* 38 percent of Republicans (20 percent overall) say that Obama is “doing many of the things that Hitler did”

There are too many people running around pointing fingers at others or themselves as Ole Triple 6, but they have forgotten something really important:

The oldest extant scrap of Revelations, a 1,700 year old papyrus from the Oxyrhynchus find gives the Number of the Beast as 616, the area code for Grand Rapids, if you care to parse that. The difference has been suggested as a mistake in transcription. I posit that the original was 616 and some clever transcriber used gematria to change it to the triple digit and thus equal through the magick of math Nero. And I know saying that will bum out a lot of heavy metal fans because now their tattoos will be like all irrelevant, but whatever.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.