Internet evangelist Bill Keller is on a mission to convince Christians to reject both Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican contender Mitt Romney. Rather than selecting either of the main candidates, Keller is challenging believers to choose Jesus Christ for president -- literally.
As of July 2012, he claimed to have already convinced nearly 200,000 Christians to write in the savior's name, rather than select any of the men officially running for the presidency. Now, just four months later, Keller's pool of supporters has increased monumentally to more than 1.6 million. While this may seem like a number that is too-good-to-be-true, the evangelist's web site, LivePrayer.com, has wide reach with 2.4 million subscribers.
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"It is time for Christians, true followers of Jesus Christ, to rise up and say NO to satan this November!," reads Keller's web site, which is setup to advertise the initiative. "If God allowed the upcoming election for president to be between President Obama and Mitt Romney, it would truly be satan flipping a two-headed coin with his head on both sides!"
Keller dislikes Obama, because he believes that the president is "a true enemy of God." He claims that he has been "the most pro-death president in history" due to his abortion support and that he is "a staunch advocate of the radical homosexual agenda." Additionally, he believes Obama has been "a great friend to the enemies of Israel."
Screen shot from VotingForJesus.com (as of 12:00 a.m. on November 4, 2012)
As for Romney, Keller's words aren't much kinder; the faith leader dismisses the Republican's Mormon faith as a "cult" and believes that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' "doctrine is 100% inconsistent with Biblical Christianity."
Neither candidate, in Keller's view, is worth electing, thus he has launched VotingForJesus.com, imploring his followers to choose the Christian savior instead. Aside from signing an online pledge, he is asking that those who commit write "in the name of Jesus for president this November." He setup a form that those interested can fill out to receive further information.
Naturally, Keller's views will be offensive to some. Regardless, his ability to convince more than 1.6 million people to sign his pledge is noteworthy. Whether they actually make good on their pledge and vote "Jesus" on Tuesday -- well, that's another story entirely.