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By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 18, 2013

While watching TV on Sunday night, I anticipated a huge outcry over the Vietnam sequences on "The Amazing Race." A song in tribute to socialism? A memorial with a downed American B-52? Was Glenn Beck watching?

Apparently not. The furor, from Beck and others, was over whether the Satan in the series "The Bible" looked like President Obama. And the people behind the show felt compelled to reply. To wit:

HISTORY statement:

“HISTORY channel has the highest respect for President Obama. The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It's unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. HISTORY’s ‘The Bible’ is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history.”


From “The Bible” Executive Producers, Mark Burnett & Roma Downey:

“This is utter nonsense. The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics– including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President.”


Executive Producer, Roma Downey added, "Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”



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