Jamie Foxx takes heat for calling Obama "our Lord and savior"

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 08: Actor Jamie Foxx appears onstage during the Soul Train Awards 2012 at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. . (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Centric)
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Jamie Foxx is drawing criticism for calling President Barack Obama "our Lord and savior" at the recent Soul Train Music Awards in Las Vegas.

In the pre-recorded program that was broadcast Sunday night on BET, Foxx urges the audience to "first of all, give an honor to God -- and our Lord and savior, Barack Obama!"

The audience responds with cheers as Foxx shouts the president's name again and urges them to "stand up."

On the Human Events blog, John Hayward writes, "Practicing Christians are not amused by the portrayal of modern secular politicians as replacements for Jesus. But presumably their feelings don't count, because they won't burn anything down in outrage."

Catholic League President Bill Donohue notes that last December, Foxx said he didn't know what God meant to him. On the League's website, Donohue says Mr. Obama has apparently convinced "Jamie Foxx, and no doubt legions of others, that God exists."