Yesterday the Senate voted 55-45 to move forward with Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. The vote put an end to Kentucky senator Rand Paul’s constitutional objection to the trial. Most GOP senators supported Rand’s motion to kill the trial, but Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Pat Toomey broke with the rest … Continue reading David Barton: If someone calls you a homophobe, just call them “a heterophobe.” (And other news from the world of evangelical Trumpism)
Some of you may recall Donald Trump’s November 2, 2020 executive order establishing the “1776 Commission.” We wrote about it here and here. Here is a taste of the order: The 1776 Commission shall: (i) produce a report for the President, within 1 year of the date of this order, which shall be publicly disseminated, … Continue reading Georgia Representative Barry Loudermilk wants David Barton to direct Trump’s 1776 Commission
Watch: There are a lot of historical problems with this video, but the one of the most overt problems is Barton’s claim that most 19th-century Americans were abolitionists. Apparently Barton believes that those who used the Bible to defend slavery were the “exception to the rule.” The only way such a statement is true is … Continue reading David Barton says 19th-century Christians who used the Bible to defend slavery were “the exception, not the rule”
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Needless to say, I was glad to see Abram Van Engen of Washington University in St. Louis critique the way Os Guinness, Eric Metaxas, and David Barton are manipulating the American past. I also appreciate his shoutout to the Conference on Faith and History, an organization in which I currently serve as Vice-President and President-elect. … Continue reading Why Os Guinness, Eric Metaxas, and David Barton are “dangerous”
Jesse Lee Peterson is an African-American evangelical who hosts a radio program. Peterson: “Thanks God” for slavery and the “white man” who brought his ancestors to America. Does not believe woman’s suffrage. Is not happy that Muslims, non-Christians, and homosexuals have become “first-class citizens” in America. Believes Blacks stayed in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina … Continue reading David Barton’s appears with an African-American conservative who once “thanked God” for slavery
Here is Peter Montgomery of Right Wing Watch: Religious-right “historian” and Republican political activist David Barton said last week that governors have shut down the country out of fear and panic because America has become so secularized that people fear death because they don’t have confidence that death will bring them an eternity in Heaven. … Continue reading David Barton: Governors Won’t Open-Up the Economy Because They Fear Death and Know They Won’t Go to Heaven When They Die
Here is Glenn Beck: Glenn Beck claims that, using a pen name, religious right pseudo-historian David Barton has helped write history books that are being used in schools all over the country. pic.twitter.com/GRkSg54W4V — Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) October 28, 2019 If anyone knows this pen name I would love to hear about it.
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 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
David Barton recently visited The Jim Bakker Show to talk about his new book The Founders Bible. I’ve been watching Barton for a long time, and I sense several new points of emphasis during his visit. After his publisher Brad Cummings speaks, Barton comes in around the 2:00 minute mark and starts talking about the relationship between … Continue reading Jim Bakker and David Barton Get Together
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
This should be fun: HT: Nick Pruitt
Barton has a new book out. I have not read it yet. It is co-authored with court evangelical Jim Garlow and is titled This Precarious Moment: Six Urgent Steps that Will Save You, Your Family, and Our Country. I would be happy to review it here if Salem Press would send me a review copy. Here … Continue reading David Barton’s New Book
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
I did not, but if someone has a review of the show I would be happy to post it here.
David Barton, the GOP activist who cherry-picks from the past to promote his political agenda, has a television show. It will premiere on Friday, February 2, 2018 on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Watch the promo here.
Check out Tara Isabella Burton‘s excellent piece on David Barton: “Understanding the fake historian behind America’s religious right.” I am glad Burton found The Way of Improvement Leads Home blog useful in her research. Here is a taste: Barton is still cited as an expert by a number of GOP lawmakers. Another is Rick Saccone, … Continue reading Understanding David Barton’s Political Influence
Yesterday we did a lengthy post showing how Christian Right activist David Barton manipulated a John Adams quote to make it sound like Adams supported the idea that America was founded as a Christian nation. Barton is up to his old tricks here. He is being deliberately deceptive. He seems to have no problem manipulating … Continue reading More on David Barton’s Use of That 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