David Barton’s Latest: The Reference to “Free White Persons” in the Naturalization Act of 1790 Was Meant to Curb Slavery

Earlier today on his Wallbuilders Live radio show, Christian Right activist David Barton made the following case about the Naturalization Act of 1790 and its assertion that citizenship in the new United States be afforded to only “free white persons”: The Naturalization Act 1790, is the first immigration act passed by Congress. And, it set … Continue reading David Barton’s Latest: The Reference to “Free White Persons” in the Naturalization Act of 1790 Was Meant to Curb Slavery

Court Evangelicals David Barton and Robert Jeffress Talk Christian America

Court evangelical James Robison recently had two fellow court evangelicals on his television show.  Here is the interview with Jeffress and Barton: A few comments: 2:00ff:  Jeffress says: “You hear Nancy Pelosi and others saying that walls are un-Christian and immoral.  Well, if that’s true, God’s immoral because he told Nehemiah to build a wall … Continue reading Court Evangelicals David Barton and Robert Jeffress Talk Christian America

Some Thoughts on Ben Shapiro’s David Barton Interview

It’s the season of patriotism in the United States. That means it is time for David Barton to emerge and try to convince us all that the United States was founded as a Christian nation.  Here is his recent interview with conservative pundit Ben Shapiro: Some commentary: 2:15ff:  Barton describes the idea behind “Wallbuilders.” The … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Ben Shapiro’s David Barton Interview

David Barton: Donald Trump May Be One of the “Top Five” Presidents in History

David Barton, the GOP activist who uses the past to promote his Christian nationalist political agenda, said yesterday on his radio show that Donald Trump is one of the best presidents in American history. Read Kyle Mantyla’s piece at Right Wing Watch.  Or listen here: Just to clarify–this is the guy who preaches about the … Continue reading David Barton: Donald Trump May Be One of the “Top Five” Presidents in History

David Barton Can’t Let Go Of This John Adams Quote

This appeared on Barton’s Facebook page today: Sounds pretty good if your a Christian nationalist.  But let’s take a deeper look at this quote. I have excerpted the pertinent parts of the letter below.  Warren Throckmorton, who wrote about this letter yesterday on his blog, has highlighted those passages that Barton quotes in the above … Continue reading David Barton Can’t Let Go Of This John Adams Quote

More Constitutional Craziness from David Barton

Here is the latest logic from David Barton‘s “Wallbuilders Live” radio program: The Constitution does not mention God The Declaration of Independence mentions God four times The Constitution is “part two” of the Declaration of Independence Thus the writers of the Constitution did not have to mention God again because they already mentioned God in the … Continue reading More Constitutional Craziness from David Barton

A David Barton Disciple is Running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania

This should be interesting. Rick Saccone, a state representative from Pennsylvania’s 39th Legislative District, is running for Senate in the hopes of gaining the GOP nomination and defeating incumbent Bob Casey in 2018. This is interesting for readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home because Saccone is one of Pennsylvania’s biggest David Barton supporters. … Continue reading A David Barton Disciple is Running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania

Two Excellent Responses to My Glenn Beck/David Barton Post

Earlier tonight I wrote a post about a David Barton and Glenn Beck plan to bring their pseudohistory to American schools.  You can read it here. Since I published the post I received two excellent comments.  I am re-posting them below. The first comment comes from Yale history graduate student Michael Hattem: Without money, we … Continue reading Two Excellent Responses to My Glenn Beck/David Barton Post

Yet Another Reason Why Evangelicals Should Be Wary of David Barton’s Pseudohistory

David Barton’s Wallbuilders radio show is now referring to Barton as “America’s premiere historian.”  On today’s show his co-host Rick Green played a speech Barton gave at his  Dallas Pro-Family Legislators Conference.  (It is unclear when this conference was held).  During the speech Barton attacked me again.  Here is what he said (highlights are mine): When … Continue reading Yet Another Reason Why Evangelicals Should Be Wary of David Barton’s Pseudohistory

David Barton and Christians in Graduate School

Over at The Pietist Schoolman,  Chris Gehrz, a Ph.D in European history from Yale, responds to David Barton’s “mini-tirade” against my supposedly pagan training in a secular graduate program. Here is a taste: …But in the spirit of seeing logs instead of specks… I want to take seriously Barton’s critique of Christian professors like John, Jared, … Continue reading David Barton and Christians in Graduate School