Barton Teaches How to Sneak Christianity Into Schools

David Barton was recently given an award by Ohio Christian University and during his talk there he was asked by someone going to school to become a teacher how they could use their job to influence students to become Christians. He offered a number of ways they could sneak it in.

Barton suggested that the student get a job as an English or History teacher because that would allow him to sneak in discussions of the Bible or read Christian prayers in the classroom under the guise of simply teaching these subjects.

For instance, Barton recommend that, as an English teacher, he could have his students read the works of Shakespeare, which Barton claimed contain quotes from over two thousand Bible verses. “So what you can do,” Barton said, “is look up that phrase he just said; well, that’s right out of Matthew 7:23. So you’re just simply using English Lit.”

He could do the same as a History teacher, Barton said, suggesting that he could teach his students about Founding Father Thomas McKean who used to deliver altar calls in the courtroom when he served as a judge. “You can read an altar call,” Barton said, “here’s what was done in 1779 in Thomas McKean’s courtroom. It’s an altar call, but all you’re doing is reading history.”

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  • Trebuchet

    Dishonest a-hole. But we already knew that.

  • Chiroptera

    Ha ha ha. Evangelical Christians trying to be “sneaky” about their religion! This should be good!

  • Chiroptera

    … Founding Father Thomas McKean….


    Seriously, I imagine that a high school history course would be more of a general survey course — I may be wrong, sbut I still can’t believe that they’d have time to look at every minor figure in history. Sounds more like an individual project that an individual student would try to do.

  • left0ver1under

    It’s like he’s re-enacting a scene from the 1995 film, “Higher Learning”. Remember the part where the white supremacist leader on campus is telling everyone to get their degrees and become doctors and teachers? The character claims that is the best way to win the “race war”, by spreading their ideas through respectable professions.

  • raven

    This isn’t unusual for fundie death cult teachers. I read the article. One of the students asked how they could sneak xianity in without getting fired.

    Well carefully. Sometimes they do get fired.

    Bend Bulletin:

    During his eight days as a part-time biology teacher at Sisters High School, Kris Helphinstine included Biblical references in material he provided to students and gave a PowerPoint presentation that made links between evolution, Nazi Germany and Planned Parenthood.

    That was enough for the Sisters School Board, which fired the teacher Monday night for deviating from the curriculum on the theory of evolution….

    Kris Helphinstine in Sisters, OR gave a PowerPoint presentation that made links between evolution, Nazi Germany and Planned Parenthood.. In a biology class no less.

    He didn’t last long and was fired. A lot of parents were pretty ticked off and complained.

  • magistramarla


    It works both ways. When I was teaching Latin, there was a section in our textbook that discussed the ancient cult of Isis. It was an Egyptian cult, but it became popular with the Romans and temples for Isis have been found in places like Pompeii.

    One of the characters in our book traveled to Roman-occupied Alexandria and was initiated into the cult of Isis.

    The book notes that the character might have been immersed in water, much like a baptism. I mentioned to my students that this might have symbolized the death and rebirth of Osiris after Set scattered his body parts into the Nile and Isis gathered them up and breathed new life into them.

    The students would think that this had been “stolen” from xtian baptism, but all I did was tell them to look at the dates – the character in our book had just survived the volcano in Pompeii (79 a.d.) and of course, the mythology around Isis was ancient even then.

    Some of my brighter students began to realize that it was more likely that the xtians did the borrowing, and a few of them voiced this. I didn’t say a word, but I did encourage them to keep researching.

    And so the seeds of doubt can be sown, even in Texas!

  • Kelly G

    hahaha We did indeed study bible excerpts in both high school and college English, as cultural literature only. For example, Genesis was read as an example of creation stories along with other creation myths.

    Christians do *not* like when the bible is on equal status as other myths. But that’s what happens when you read it as *literature* and not religion!

  • John Pieret

    Wasn’t this part of the Sermon on the Mount:

    Blessed be the liars and cheats who do so in my name, for they shall have brownie points in Heaven.

  • Modusoperandi

    You know, you wouldn’t think that the most powerful being in the universe would need His employees to sneak around for Him.

  • raven

    The Oogedy Boogedys can try to sneak xianity into the public schools all they want.

    I doubt it will work but will make them look stupid and desperate. And parents usually hate it when someone else tries to interfere with their kids.

    And they are looking more and more desperate. Watch out parents, the fundies really are coming for your kids!!!

  • joe_k

    Chiroptera @3 – Actually, while my education was in the UK, and so the curriculum is slightly different, details about ‘Founding Father Thomas McKean’ and his courtroom are precisely the sort of things that a teacher might mention. As my A-Level history teacher used to say, ‘killer facts’ are what separates a good student from an outstanding one in an exam, and so an answer on, e.g., the Russian Revolution could mention the fact that there was a joke current in 1917 that the February revolution had changed very little: “whereas before we were ruled by Alexandra Fyodorvna, now we a ruled by Alexander Fyodorovich”. Similarly, we spent an entire lesson learning about the Women’s Battalion of Death as part of the same course…

  • John Hinkle

    …how they could use their job to influence students to become Christians.

    Well, if Christian theology is so fabulous, it should be able to stand on its own. So instead of being sneaky, a teacher could just say at the beginning of the semester, “The Bible contains really good, important stuff, especially the New Testament. I encourage you to read it. Now, let’s go over page one of the syllabus…”

    And by the second week, the whole classroom would be Christian! Right?*

    * Or atheist, if they’re skeptical.

  • smrnda


    Wow, the Women’s Battalion of Death from the Ukraine Poland war! That’s something they don’t teach in school in the States much. Or Lyudmilla Pavilechenko, top female sniper of any war. I only know these things having grown up in a predominately eastern European immigrant area.

  • grumpyoldfart

    The teachers don’t have to influence students to become Christians. Most of the students are already Christians and will remain so until the day they die.

    There is no need to “sneak” religion into schools – the proselytisers are merely trying to add some excitement to their lives by pretending that they are surrounded by their enemies and and risking everything whenever they mention Jesus.

    Barton and Co have noticed the trend and learned how to make cash out of it.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Matthew 7:23 – And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

    Yeah, Shakespeare’s characters do tell each other to go away quite a bit.

  • Donovan

    David Barton is an embarrassment to the sweater vest. How dare he continue to enjoy its torso warming air of intellectual integrity and fashionable good sense? For shame, Barton. For shame, I say!

  • busterggi

    Apparently no one learns about Christianity at home or in church anymore.

  • Modusoperandi

    busterggi “Apparently no one learns about Christianity at home or in church anymore.”

    This isn’t about teaching my kids about Christianity. It’s about teaching your kids about it.

  • Michael Heath

    It’s bad enough people like David Barton are believed in spite of their continuous lies. But what really chaps my ass is their false claim they are the defenders of the Constitution when in fact they promote proselytization efforts that is in direct violation of the Constitution, as we see here, as we observe countless times.

    And as bad as David Barton is, this failure of character is an attribute of nearly all conservative Christians. The only outlier group I’m aware of is a handful of reconstructionists who concede the U.S. established a secular government.

  • dogmeat

    Wow, the Women’s Battalion of Death from the Ukraine Poland war! That’s something they don’t teach in school in the States much. Or Lyudmilla Pavilechenko, top female sniper of any war. I only know these things having grown up in a predominately eastern European immigrant area.

    Actually I mention both, amongst other things related to Eastern Europe and the role of women in my AP Euro class. For some reason my kids weren’t freaked out a couple of years ago when two out of the three questions in the Free Response section were about Eastern Europe. They also never seem to be to put out when the questions are about women either. For some reason I always thought teaching about both halves of Europe (east & west/women as well as men) seemed like a good idea. ;o)

  • chilidog99

    Shakespeare’s plays are filled with nothing but sex and death.

    wait, come to think of it, so’s the bible, only without all of Will’s bad puns,

  • Kamaka

    What an arrogant, smarmy, lying toadie. He comes to MY town, I’ll show up and do the “BULLSHIT” sneeze on each lie he tells.

    Well, if I can do it every time his lips move.