John Oliver on Fake Founding Fathers Quotes

Isn't it great when someone you admire takes up an issue you've been talking about for years? I've written a huge number of words about people misquoting the founding fathers and now John Oliver has taken notice of it. Video below the fold. … [Read more...]

Huckabee: Not My Fault I Used False Quotes In My Book

Buzzfeed has caught Mike Huckabee presenting a whole raft of false quotes from the Founding Fathers in his 1998 book Kids Who Kill, including Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Patrick Henry, as well as Abraham Lincoln and others. Most of them were probably cribbed from David Barton (seriously, when will wingnuts stop trusting him to tell the truth?). … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a David Barton Lie

Warren Throckmorton is again taking David Barton to task for his ubiquitous lies. This time he's focusing on Barton's claim that John Locke's Two Treatises of Government contains more than 1500 references to the Bible. It's a claim that Barton has made over and over again, in books and videos and interviews. It's completely false. But Throckmorton has figured out how Barton does the math. … [Read more...]

More Atheists Emulating David Barton

An old classmate of mine from high school posted a link to this article by some guy named Ken Harding, one of the seemingly endless supply of bombthrowing atheists who suffer from a serious case of the Dunning-Kruger effect. The title alone -- Our Founding Fathers Were Not Christians -- is the first tipoff that you've just wandered into a morass of oversimplification, half-truths and ignorance. And so we have. Let us fight our way through the thicket. … [Read more...]

Beck Can’t Even Keep His Lies Straight

Glenn Beck did his best David Barton impersonation once again on his radio show, declaring that "thirty percent of everything in our founding documents comes from one book, the Book of Deuteronomy." He can't even keep the lies straight in his head anymore. … [Read more...]

FFRF Takes on Hobby Lobby

On the 4th of July, Hobby Lobby took out ads in newspapers around the country with the usual laundry list of "quotes" from various founding fathers to prove that America was a Christian nation. The Freedom From Religion Foundation now has an interactive reply to that, looking at each quote and what it actually means in context. … [Read more...]

Jefferson, the Bible and Education

Chuck Norris, who is on the advisory board of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, has been writing a series of columns on Thomas Jefferson, the Bible and education. Because he can't find anything that Jefferson ever said about the Bible being a part of public education, he is forced, like his pal David Barton, to take little snippets out of context and distort them. To wit: … [Read more...]

Now We Know Where Ted Cruz Gets It

Ted Cruz is quickly distinguishing himself as one of the most far-right members of the Senate and the more his father speaks in public, the more obvious it is to see where he gets it from. At a recent religious right rally, he said that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were divinely inspired. … [Read more...]

The Bible, the American Revolution and the Constitution

The Christian Post has an article about a new book by Vanderbilt University divinity professor James Byrd called Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution. In it, he correctly argues that Biblical arguments were commonly used to persuade the colonists to support the revolutionary war: … [Read more...]

Jefferson Influenced by Persian King

BBC News has an interesting article with information that, with all the study I've done of Thomas Jefferson, I had never come across before. One of the influences on him when it came to religious and political liberty was Cyrus, the Persian king who conquered Babylonia in the sixth century BC. … [Read more...]

Frazer vs. Barton on Jefferson

I have for many years regarded Gregg Frazer, a historian from The Master's College, as one of the finest scholars on the subject of religion and the Founding Fathers (he is the one who coined the phrase "theistic rationalist" to describe the views of the key founders, which I use often). In World Magazine, he and Barton have an exchange over Barton's many distortions about Thomas Jefferson. … [Read more...]

Bradlee Dean Repeats Barton’s Jefferson Lies

Bradlee Dean's latest bundle of stupid is entitled "Enemy of God = Enemy of America" and it's all the usual lies and distortions, this time about Thomas Jefferson. Dean repeats many of David Barton's false and long-discredited lies about Jefferson. Let's take them one at a time. … [Read more...]