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'Bible' producers dismiss Obama-Satan connection

By David Bauder

AP Television Writer

LAST UPDATED: 01:28 p.m. HST, Mar 18, 2013

NEW YORK » The producers of the cable TV miniseries on the Bible say Internet chatter that their Satan character resembles President Barack Obama is "utter nonsense."

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey said today the Moroccan actor who played Satan in the History channel series, Mehdi Ouzaani, has played Satanic characters in other Biblical programs long before Obama was elected president.

The connection got widespread attention after talk show host Glenn Beck last week tweeted: "Does Satan look EXACTLY like Obama? Yes!"

History said in a statement that the network has "the highest respect" for Obama, and that "it's unfortunate that anyone made this false connection."

"Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our president, who is a fellow Christian," said Downey, the "Touched By an Angel" actress who is married to Burnett. "False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of the Bible."

Beck has actually been a big supporter of "The Bible." The same tweet that pointed out the actor's resemblance to Obama urged his followers: "Don't miss it."

Beck today tweeted "Media — relax."

He said the observation was "funny, nothing more" and that the series "is 1 of my fav shows. Keep watching."

The five-part miniseries has been a big hit for History, reaching more than 13 million viewers for its first episode.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Satan is a Muslim from Kenya? Who knew?
on March 18,2013 | 11:19AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Give it up already. We all know Satan was born in Hawaii. We have a recently printed birth certificate to prove it.
on March 18,2013 | 12:29PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Fox "News".... Obama haters ......having a ball.
on March 18,2013 | 10:11PM
1local wrote:
many will be misled by the dark lord. Could it be happening now?
on March 18,2013 | 03:37PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Republican score card......... ............Glenn Beck ...1 .............Obama .........0
on March 18,2013 | 10:35PM
bpet wrote:
It just gets sillier and sillier . . .give us all a break!!!!
on March 18,2013 | 11:39AM
allie wrote:
on March 18,2013 | 12:36PM
40black wrote:
once again, life imitates art
on March 18,2013 | 12:00PM
WKAMA wrote:
What's the matter with these paranoid idiots on Fox News? They blame Obama for every little thing that's bad. Can't these people grow up!
on March 18,2013 | 12:23PM
allie wrote:
it is all entertainment hon
on March 18,2013 | 12:37PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I wonder if there will be a section in the Presidential Library (Chicago, IL) that features all these insane concepts? It would really be a hoot.
on March 18,2013 | 12:37PM
Graham wrote:
Beck is no longer employed at Fox News..
on March 18,2013 | 04:21PM
Iuki wrote:
My question about this is: why is Satan portrayed by a black man? I think the makers of this mini-series are Mormons, but I thought Mormons got over their theory that black people are inherently evil. The producers say this actor has played Satan in other films. Huh?
on March 18,2013 | 01:07PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Glenn Beck just showed how much class he has. Which is none. I recall not too long ago how he was complaining how people were treating him on the streets. But now he is doing the very same thing that he was complaining about.
on March 18,2013 | 01:19PM
phyllum69 wrote:
Stupid is as stupid does. Why is this even getting any press is beyond me.
on March 18,2013 | 02:54PM
64hoo wrote:
this look a like should have been an actor who looks like our governer.
on March 18,2013 | 06:53PM
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