Kent Hovind Acquitted on Contempt of Court Charge

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Closing the loop on my earlier articles on Kent Hovind, I can point readers to this piece at Forbes and the judge's order, filed yesterday, which acquitted Hovind on the contempt of court charge.Nothing in this order or an earlier dismissal of charges exonerates him on his tax crimes.I was interested in this primarily because David Barton decided to get involved via his interview of Hovind, a creationist who has run afoul of other creationists on sciency creation science. … [Read more...]

David Barton Misleads Ukrainian Pastors and Politicians about John Locke

In June 2014, David Barton went with PA Pastors' Network president Sam Rohrer to lecture Ukrainian pastors and a few politicians on the Christian nation thesis. Nine minutes of Barton's speech (through an interpreter) is on You Tube.In the video (at about 4:20 through 6:20), Barton talks about John Locke's use of Bible verses on the establishment of civil government. Watch:Transcript: This man is named John Locke. He was a great lawgiver in history and he was also a theologian.  He … [Read more...]

Gary Scott Smith on Religion in the Oval Office

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My Grove City College colleague Gary Scott Smith is featured talking about his new book on American presidents and religion in a podcast on conservative website Ricochet. Click the image to listen to the interview. Gary is chair of the history department at GCC and an immense help to me in understanding how historians operate. He has reviewed and offered helpful suggestions for many of my blog posts debunking David Barton.You can read an interview with Gary about the book at … [Read more...]

Thomas Kidd on Why the Southern Baptists Canceled Ben Carson’s Speech

Recently, the Southern Baptist Convention canceled Ben Carson's appearance at a SBC pastor's conference. A group within the convention, Baptist21, had objected and won the day. Baylor history professor Thomas Kidd had this to say in Monday's edition (4/27/15) of the Washington Post: This was a welcome outcome to what had the potential to be a serious snafu for the SBC. Whatever the organizers’ intentions, Baptist21 has this exactly right – hosting any political candidate carries a tacit imp … [Read more...]

David Barton Hosts Kent Hovind on Wallbuilders Live

Today, David Barton's Wallbuilders Live broadcast their interview with Kent Hovind.There is a vigorous group of folks who have taken positions on Hovind's crimes and I will be interested to read their comments about the interview.Barton began by saying that people who do what Hovind did spend an average of 18 months in prison, if they spend any time there at all. Barton and Green think the length of his sentence is a red flag.Hovind said he didn't know any better, and he said the … [Read more...]

David Barton Still Pitching His Discredited Jefferson Lies

Recently, David Barton spoke at Knightdale, NC at the Faith Baptist Church. He spoke on Saturday and then again on Sunday morning. In previous posts, I described his false teaching on HIV and his faulty claim that 50% of students at Christian colleges abandon their faith.In the third session of his Saturday workshop, Barton makes many of the same claims he made in his book The Jefferson Lies. Because of those errors, Barton's book was pulled from publication by Christian publisher Thomas … [Read more...]

David Barton’s Wallbuilders Live to Interview Kent Hovind

According to Kent Hovind's handlers, Hovind will be interviewed by someone at Wallbuilders next Monday. That interview will be taped and presumably aired at a later date. Listen:The basketball star interviews Dr. Dino.Kent Hovind's most recent legal battle is summarized at Forbes.  Hovind is serving jail time for tax related crimes (e.g., failing to pay employee taxes, evading IRS reporting requirements). In this video, (at about 2:18) he said he hadn't paid taxes in 28 years. Ac … [Read more...]

David Barton’s War on Christian Colleges: Claims Disputed by Focus on the Family Researcher and His Own Book

Last weekend, David Barton continued his war on Christian colleges when he told an audience at Faith Baptist Church in Knightdale, NC that 50% of students at Christian universities deny their faith while in college.  Watch:At 1:03 into the clip above, Barton said: I mentioned before that between 60 and 80% of our kids deny their faith at university, you can at least send your kids to a Christian university, cause only 50% of them deny their faith at a Christian university. How does that … [Read more...]


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