Ellery Schempp Blasts David Barton

I wrote recently about David Barton’s latest lie (well, probably not his latest; he seems to lie every time he opens his mouth), about an expert witness in Abington Township v Schempp. Hemant contacted Ellery Schempp, the plaintiff in that case, to get a reaction. And boy, what a reaction it was. Knowing what a nice guy Ellery is, he was clearly peeved about this:

Barton was familiar enough with the text that he must have read it — and then deliberately, consciously lied about it. Barton has built a lucrative career on making up false quotes from the Founding Fathers, trying desperately to “prove” that separation of church and state is a “myth” and that the USA is somehow a “Christian nation,” whatever that exactly means…

I like to point out that priests and preachers are not elected by the people; they take no oath to the Constitution, and rarely reveal any of their finances.

Barton rakes in millions, has the moral compass of a cockroach, and wants us to believe he has God’s direct email address.

I never thought the Genesis story made any sense, and I didn’t use to believe in talking snakes — but then Glenn Beck and David Barton came along.

Harsh, but dead on accurate.

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About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Barton rakes in millions, has the moral compass of a cockroach

    You’ve got to be pretty low to steal a cockroach’s moral compass!! But that’s Barton. I mean, how else would he get one?

  • raven

    C’mon now.

    Why are we insulting cockroaches by comparing them to David Barton?

  • MikeMa

    Barton is a revolting, lying panderer. His income depends on lying. He hasn’t the moral courage to stop.

    I’d wager a small amount that if he really lived in a christian nation, he hate it unless he was in charge.

  • slc1

    Speaking a lying assholes, we should note that YEC Duane Gish, promoter of the infamous Gish gallop, departed this mortal coil 2 days ago.


  • otrame

    I didn’t use to believe in talking snakes — but then Glenn Beck and David Barton came along

    Oh, yeah. Just plain beautiful.

  • fastlane

    I’ve been lucky enough to meet Ellery in person. He has a way with words, that’s for sure.

  • Homo Straminus

    That’s…that’s…just insulting…

    To actual talking snakes everywhere.

  • janiceintoronto

    But, but what about the talking donkeys?

  • Artor

    I have rugs that don’t lie as easily as Barton. Fortunately, there are no cockroaches here suspiciously lacking their moral compasses, so I know he hasn’t been here to steal anything.