Answering Matt Barber on Jefferson and the First Amendment

Continuing the Liberty Law School misunderstanding of the First Amendment, Matt Barber cites Thomas Jefferson out of context in a recent WND column. Following David Barton, Barber wants the intent of the First Amendment to cover denominations of Christianity.  Barber writes:Now what did they mean by “… shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion?”Well, in a letter to Benjamin Rush, a fellow-signer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson – often touted by the left … [Read more...]

David Barton and His Snide University Knockers

A comment by Patrocles reminded me of this video posted by Chris Rodda:The West Indies: A Nation of Cricketers.Snide University? Or wherever it is you went. … [Read more...]

David Barton: Christian Professors Were Trained By Pagan Professors Who Hate God

During the same program where David Barton claimed that only four professors in the nation criticized The Jefferson Lies, he also had something to say (listen) about the Christian professors who have raised concerns about his claims.What happens is, and Christian professors were basically trained by pagan professors who hate God, and they're just repeating what they're been told.I was reminded of this line by reading the History News Network article about Barton's claim about the four p … [Read more...]

Steve Deace to David Barton: Not So Fast

Tuesday, I posted a brief quote from David Barton claiming that only four professors didn't like his book, The Jefferson Lies. He said this on the Steve Deace Show, a conservative talk show host from Iowa. In the Tuesday post, I listed many more professors who have expressed criticism of the book and have been adding names to the list since then.Today, Deace penned a column titled, Not So Fast, in which he cited an email from me about the way Barton depicted his opposition. I commend Deace … [Read more...]

David Barton Says 4 Professors Criticized The Jefferson Lies; He Forgot Some

Facts are pesky.On July 19, Steve Deace interviewed David Barton (at 24:12 in hour 3) in Iowa after the big political confab there with Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Deace asked Barton to describe the controversy over The Jefferson Lies (now approaching a year ago). He also asked if there was any substance to the criticism.Barton said a bunch of stuff he usually says about it (e.g., publisher Thomas Nelson got scared of the scary professors, etc.). Then he said:You've got about 6,000 u … [Read more...]

Institute on the Constitution Founder Michael Peroutka on Southern Secession and His Course on the Constitution

Last week, the Springboro School Board canceled two controversial summer courses on the Constitution. Both courses were offered to the public as a way to evaluate them for possible use in the schools. However, because of concerns expressed by the public, the courses were canceled. In light of what I have learned about the courses, I commend the school board for their action.In my write up of the situation I focused on the 12 week course offered by the Institute on the Constitution. The … [Read more...]

What’s Right with Common Core?

The latest educational initiative to rile up some social conservatives is Common Core educational standards. At Glenn Beck's Man in the Moon this past weekend,  Michelle Malkin bashed Common Core as being "a progressive education scheme." Her objective is to halt the implementation of the standards, according to the Blaze. David Barton was already on record as opposing Common Core. Some of the conceptions and misconceptions are displayed in this video.Listening to Malkin and Barton, one … [Read more...]

Springboro School District Cancels Controversial Constitution Classes

Last evening, the Springboro School Board canceled two Constitution classes which had drawn protests from parents, teachers and students.  Notice of the board action was posted on a Facebook site called Springboro United for Responsible Education.According to WHIO, school board member Jim Rigano issued a statement saying in part, "We felt that having the community participate with evaluating these courses would be an excellent opportunity for schools and community to work together. Instead, … [Read more...]


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