Jamie Foxx has come under fire from a number of religious groups and activists for referring to President Barack Obama as “our Lord and Saviour, according to Jam! Showbiz.
Foxx made the controversial comments at the Soul Train Awards on Sunday. Although Foxx likely made the remark in jest, it hasn’t stopped people from criticizing the actor for what many believe was a seriously faux pax.
“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,” Jamie Foxx remarked at one point during the awards ceremony.
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights President William Anthony Donohue is one of the folks who are unhappy with the actor’s choice of words.
This is what Donohue had to say:
“Foxx’s epiphany is startling. 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.”
Donohue was also quick to point out that President Obama often seems hesitant to reference God during his public addresses.
“The fact is Obama is uncomfortable with America’s Christian heritage. In 2010 he could not bring himself to utter the words ‘In God We Trust’ when speaking in Indonesia about our national motto; instead, he substituted ‘E Pluribus Unum.’ But he is quite comfortable with atheists,” Donohue explained.
According to Salon, Twitter users have had a field day with Jamie Foxx’s “Lord and Savior” comment. Some micro-bloggers have used the website to fire back at the Django Unchained star, a man many believe took his adoration for the President one step too far.
“Jesus is our lord and savior, not Obama! Jaime Foxx is a brain dead Lib who is as confused as he is wrong! Hollyweird strikes again!” one user commented.
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