At the Soul Train awards Sunday evening, actor and comedian Jamie Foxx caused quite a stir when he made a remark that many are now rebuking as blasphemous.
As he addressed the audience during the ceremony, Foxx began to quip that the atmosphere of the awards show reminded him of a church service.
“It’s like church over here,” he said. “It’s like church in here.”
But then, as Foxx began to mimic what might take place in a church service, he switched out the name of Jesus Christ with another.
“First of all, give honor to God,” Foxx declared, and then added after a slight pause, “and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama!”
Many of the audience members then began cheering and applauding at Foxx’s declaration.
As a result, Foxx strutted across the stage and repeated loudly “Barack Obama!”
While the audience continued to scream for Obama, Foxx urged those in attendance to get up on their feet.
Although the awards show aired Sunday night on stations nationwide, the incident occurred shortly after the re-election of Barack Obama, hence the statement.
As previously reported, since announcing his candidacy in 2007, many have been hailing Barack Obama as a messiah-like figure in a variety of ways. Earlier this year, Florida professor Barbara A. Thompson released a book entitled The Gospel According to Apostle Barack, in which she states that she was given a series of dreams by God that helped her to realize Obama’s purpose as the leader of the free world.
“His followers needed to re-elect him to a second term so that he could continue to accomplish the promises he made, thus, realizing his vision of America as a more perfect political union or ‘heaven here on earth,’” she wrote in her book description on Amazon. “Jesus walked the earth to create a more civilized society; Martin (Luther King) walked the earth to create a more justified society, but, Apostle Barack, the name he was called in my dreams, would walk the earth to create a more equalized society for the middle class and working poor.”
Additionally, during the Democratic National Convention, supporters of Barack Obama sold messianic products to fellow Democrats, such as a poster of Obama that faded into a graphic of an open Bible and the headline “Prophesy Fulfilled.” T-shirts were sold by vendors that cite Psalm 110:1, which says, “The Lord said unto my Lord, ‘Sit Thou at My right hand until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.’” The graphic on the tees depicted Barack Obama sitting in a chair, placing his feet upon the back of Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who is kneeling on his hands and feet.
Obama calendars were also up for sale, which used Scripture for each month of the year to point to Obama as a messiah. For example, in the month of August, Obama’s birth month, accompanying a photo of Obama were the words “Heaven Sent” with the Scripture John 3:16, which speaks of God sending His Son. The month of November featured a graphic of citizens laying hands on Obama while quoting Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”
Foxx’s agents did not comment to the press about his statements regarding Obama following the broadcast.