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Mayor on antichrist e-mail: ‘Just curious'

Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk says he was “just curious” when he forwarded a chain e-mail suggesting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is the biblical antichrist.

“I was just curious if there was any validity to it,” Funderburk said in a telephone interview. “I was trying to get documentation if there was any Scripture to back it up.”

Funderburk apparently sent the e-mail from his business account at Gastonia Sheet Metal, where he works as a business agent.

The e-mail, which has circulated in the past six months since Obama, the Illinois senator, secured the Democratic nomination, claims the biblical book of Revelation says the antichrist will be in his 40s and of Muslim ancestry.

There is no such Scripture, and Obama is not a Muslim. But that hasn't stopped the e-mail.

The urban legend Web site Snopes.com first exploded the myth in March. Funderburk forwarded the e-mail this month.

When asked if he believed Obama was the antichrist, Funderburk replied, “I've got absolutely no way of knowing that.”

Funderburk said it “probably does give that impression” that he believed the e-mail was true, “but that was not my intent.”

The mayor said it was a mistake not to include a subject line when he forwarded the chain e-mail.

“I am curious about current events and their connection to the Bible,” he said.

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