Nothing is certain except death and taxes. I propose we could add a third certainty to the list: When David Barton offers up a “fact,” it’s either flat out wrong or being badly distorted. Right Wing Watch catches him doing this so blatantly that one can only conclude that he is either intentionally lying or is a weapons grade moron.
Barton: What demographic group accounts for the largest percentage of abortions? Let me give you [a hint]: this demographic group accounts for seventy-five percent of all abortions …
Green: I’m going to guess over [the age of] thirty?
Barton: Nope. Gotta go the other way. Seventy-five percent of all abortions are performed on teenagers below the age of sixteen … Remember, one of the problems we have with abortion clinics is they do not report statutory rape, they do abortions instead. So a young girl comes in pregnant at eleven or twelve or thirteen, that’s supposed to be reported as statutory rape because it’s well below the age of consent but rather than reporting it, they simply do an abortion … You have seventy-five percent of all abortions being performed on teens who are sixteen and under.
He’s citing a recent “study” by the Family Research Council, but either lying about it or too stupid to understand the difference between what it actually said and what he falsely claims it said:
The figure that Barton cites (or rather, misrepresents) comes from a recent report and presentation from the Family Research Council’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute which found that “almost 3/4 of abortions are to women who initiated sex at age 16 or younger – 40% of women who begin sexual intercourse very early (12-13-14) will have abortions.”The report did not find, as Barton asserted, that three-quarters of all abortions are done on women under the age of sixteen, but rather that almost three-quarters of women who have had abortions became sexually active at the age of sixteen or before.
Scary part: Barton used to be a math teacher. And he made almost the same mistake, or told almost the same lie, a month ago when he claimed:
This is a report that I just read that is kind of amazing: 96% of the faculty at the elite colleges donated to President Obama … Not just voted; 96% of faculty donated.
So you have 96% of faculty who donated to the Obama campaign; 96% from the elite colleges. So if we’re looking to get help out of the schools, that ain’t going to happen.
In fact, the report said that 96% of the faculty at elite colleges who did donate to one of the candidates donated to Obama, not that 96% of the faculty donated to Obama. This is pretty basic math. After years and years of chronicling Barton’s claims, one can only conclude that he is either an inveterate liar or he simply doesn’t care what the truth is as long as it supports his agenda.