If we allow ourselves to move past the obvious point that there is no Antichrist and was very likely no Christ either, we see what is happening here for what it really is - fear. The Republican campaign may not have succeeded in getting their candidate elected, but it certainly succeeded in further dividing America and in convincing many Americans that they had reason to fear Obama.
That these searches happened right after Obama was announced as the winner tells me that many people were surprised and were beginning to struggle with how their country could have just elected some sort of demonic presence. If we give them more credit than they may deserve and interpret this as little more than a metaphor for evil, we see the scar of the Republican campaign of intolerance and misinformation.
The implications of McCain's strategy and its effects must not be minimized in the spirit of reconciliation. By demonizing Obama for holding different opinions (and this is precisely what McCain did), McCain worsened the cultural divide. His concession speech, while generally laudable, did nothing to undo the damage he inflicted.
"Politics is a dirty business," you say. Maybe so, but I want you to remember what happened here. A political campaign and their supporters pushed the view that their opponent was evil incarnate. Doesn't this strike you as excessive? And who was overwhelmingly the most receptive to this strategy? You guessed it - Christians.
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