December 22, 2014 By Ed Brayton 14 Comments
For the fourth time, the Worldnetdaily has mentioned me in an article (not counting once when Joseph Farah quoted me but didn’t use my name). It’s the least they could do for all the attention I bring them. This time it’s an article about David Barton winning a $1 million settlement in a defamation suit. And he sounds like he wants to sue me and several others as well.
December 2, 2014 By Ed Brayton 10 Comments
Gregg Frazer is a Christian historian that I have a lot of respect for. Unlike so many, he is intellectually honest in his work on the Founding Fathers and religion. And while I have my disagreements with him on the scope and nature of the religion clauses of the First Amendment, I agree with him in his assessment of the utter dishonesty of David Barton. Warren Throckmorton has, with Frazer’s permission, published a long review of Barton’s America’s Deadly Heritage.
November 28, 2014 By Ed Brayton 10 Comments
Yeah, I know, David Barton being caught lying is very much a “water is wet” story, but it’s still worth documenting just how brazenly he lies and how secure he feels in doing so because he knows that his ignorant and deluded followers will neither catch him at or care if they did. Here’s the latest lie from a talk he gave at a church:
November 20, 2014 By Ed Brayton 4 Comments
Rafeal Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz, gives a lot of speeches that are little more than recitations of right wing myths and he borrows from David Barton a lot. But while speaking at John Hagee’s church, he repeated one of Barton’s most ridiculous lies, that the Supreme Court removed mandatory Bible reading from schools because it could cause “brain damage.”
October 28, 2014 By Ed Brayton 15 Comments
I’m pretty sure this is at least the one millionth example of David Barton flat out lying about the Constitution in the process of making an astonishingly stupid argument about it. He says that the founders included an oath in the Constitution to tie it directly to religion:
September 8, 2014 By Ed Brayton 11 Comments
I know this will be a terrible shock to my readers, but David Barton is lying again. A lot. After a caller to his radio show told what is almost certainly a false story about a TV show that supposedly said that Thomas Jefferson “hated Christianity and considered it a dangerous religion” and that it caused the inquisition, Barton claimed that the Christianity that caused the inquisition was totally different. But first, let’s see what Jefferson actually said on the subject:
David Barton, a man who would cross the street to tell a lie rather than stand still and tell the truth, is once again lying about the Pentagon forcing chaplains to perform same-sex marriages. They have done nothing of the sort, of course, but reality has never been a problem for Barton.
Bob Barr (yes, that Bob Barr) recently criticized his opponent in a House race in Georgia for being endorsed by fraud David Barton and Glenn Beck has leapt to the defense of his buddy Barton, assuring his listeners that Barton is just a wonderful, delightful man. And totally not bigoted.
David Barton is a liar. That’s been well-established. I don’t mean he sometimes gets things wrong, I mean he lies — constantly, flagrantly and repeatedly. His latest lie, which he’s told before, is that “the Obama administration has refused to prosecute any child pornography.” (more…)
In the thread on Rep. Sam Johnson’s post about his bill to force military officers to swear on oath to God, I encountered the same kind of historical distortions I criticize so strongly when David Barton does it. But they came from an atheist claiming that some of the founders were atheists. His comment: (more…)
January 14, 2014 By Ed Brayton 25 Comments
Right Wing Watch has caught David Barton in a lie — an exaggeration by the most charitable possible interpretation — that is entirely pointless. He tells audiences simultaneously that he speaks to nearly two groups a day and that he works so hard on his ranch all day long that he doesn’t have time for other things.
October 30, 2013 By Ed Brayton 11 Comments
Warren Throckmorton is blogging at Patheos now, which is pretty cool for them. He notes that an effort is now being undertaken to draft David Barton to run for the Senate against Sen. John Cornyn in Texas. There’s a Facebook group with hundreds of members trying to get Barton to run. Remember, John Cornyn was rated as the 2nd most conservative member of the Senate in 2012. And even he isn’t far right enough for these people.