Is this the beginning of the end of David Barton’s influence?
I certainly hope so. The phony history being peddled by the “Christian nation” propagandist is under increasing fire from critics – and here’s the rub: They’re all conservative Christians.
As you might recall, Barton runs a Religious Right group called WallBuilders in Aledo, Texas. His central arguments are that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation, the Constitution is based on the Bible, most of the founders were evangelical Christians and church-state separation is a myth. Read more
“Christian nation” pseudo-historian David Barton is on the defensive. It’s a place I’ve wanted to see him for a long time.
If you’re just joining us, Barton is a Texas Religious Right activist who makes his living peddling a revisionist history of America designed to prove that the country was founded to be a Christian nation. Read more
I have obtained a copy of David Barton’s new book The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson. I haven’t read the entire tome yet but did spend some time leafing through it last night. Within half an hour I had noticed several outrageous distortions of the truth. Read more
Just when you think you’ve heard the worst, you have to think again because hateful rhetoric is never ending when it comes to the Religious Right.
This time, the person spewing it is David Barton, the phony historian from Texas who serves as president of WallBuilders – a group that seeks to prove, against all evidence, that America was founded to be a “Christian nation.” Read more
We are reminded on a regular basis of the strong influence the Religious Right carries in Louisiana – particularly over Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Here’s one more piece of evidence: Jindal issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, June 27, a “Statewide Day of Prayer” seeking divine help in the oil spill crisis. Read more
Recently, Americans United weighed in on a case that challenged discriminatory hiring practices at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
We sided with a Wiccan clergyman, Patrick McCollum, who was a qualified candidate for a paid chaplain position but could not be considered because of his religious beliefs. At the prison, those positions are only available to those who are Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim or Native American. Read more
The showdown in Texas over religion in the classroom continues this week.
The Texas State Board of Education is holding hearings on the social studies curriculum. And, as we have reported before, what should be a simple discussion based on recommendations from historians has turned into a debate fueled by the Religious Right to push "Christian nation" propaganda.
Leading the way are David Barton and the Rev. Peter Marshall, two well-known Religious Right activists who were selected by the board to sit on the six-member social studies curriculum review panel. Read more