Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Halos Of Barack Obama

More from Dorothy:
"I honestly don’t know whether to put this in religion or politics. I honestly feel the passion for Senator Obama expressed by most of his followers has equal elements of both - even if they deny it. But I suspect the moderators would move it here to politics if I put it in religion, so here it is in politics. I know this will make many people angry (primarily Obama followers), but I am not looking to debate. I just wanted to display some of the images of Obama because I find the whole media’s marketing - in this case, just the visual elements- behind the man so fascinating.

The Obama Mania and Mass Hysteria (because that’s exactly what it is) that swept Senator Barack Obama to where he currently is was greatly helped by a friendly media eager to see him President. In that regard they have undertaken an effort to visually display Obama as a godlike messiah figure."
-- From the Center For Inquiry.net forum

Check out the link for more photos. It's pretty impressive. Dorothy adds:

From a website describing symbols:
"A Halo, is a symbolic representation of the aura, or nimbus of light believed in many cultures to surround a Godly or enlightened person. It is used in art, especially Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu religious images, to depict holiness. The practice is probably a holdover from the identification of deities with the sun."
And there's this:
"It was not long before the German people were prepared to take the short step of seeing Hitler, not as a man, but as a Messiah of Germany. Public meetings and particularly the Nurnburg took on a religious atmosphere. All the stagings were designed to create a supernatural and religious attitude and Hitler's entry was more befitting a god than a man. In Berlin one of the large art shops on Unter dean Linden exhibited a large portrait of Hitler in the center of its display window. Hitler's portrait was entirely surrounded as though by a halo, with various copies of a painting of Christ (High, 453)."
Would we even notice if it happened again?

Of course, this isn't to suggest Barack Obama is Hitler, but it pays to be aware of propaganda techniques. I mean, no one's feinting at other politicians rallies,...