John Adams on American Exceptionalism

In my opinion, whenever David Barton tells his audiences to read the founders writings, he takes a large risk that someone in the audience will actually do it. What such curious readers find is a hodgepodge of political theories with much disagreement on matters of substance. One will also find much that contradicts Barton's tendentious claims. For instance, last week Barton said the founders all agreed that God's law was higher than man's law. Our second president John Adams is worth reading on … [Read more...]

David Barton Says Federal Judge Can’t Send Kim Davis to Jail; U.S. Law Disagrees

Judiciary act 1789 contempt brief

On his Facebook page, pundit David Barton has been active in support of Rowan Co. (KY) clerk Kim Davis. Federal judge David Bunning found Davis to be in contempt of his order to issue marriage licenses to all couples, gay and straight, in Rowan County. Davis refused because she does not want her name on any marriage license issued to same-sex couples. KY law appears to require her name to be on the form.Last week on a video circulated by Glenn Beck, Barton first claimed that Davis was in the … [Read more...]

Sense and Nonsense in the Kim Davis Marriage License Controversy

I will add to these through the day and maybe into tomorrow. For now, between yard work and naps, I am researching some of the claims made by David Barton (see links below) and trying for myself to figure out what reasonable religious accommodations would look like in this situation.While I don't agree with Davis, I think these kind of cases are incredibly interesting. I believe that religious accommodations need to be considered (see Volokh's article linked below) in her case.David … [Read more...]

David Barton Explains Why Kim Davis Shouldn’t Be in Jail

Caution, alt-reality alert.On Glenn Beck's Facebook page, David Barton explains it all (the FB embed feature isn't working consistently so I have embedded the video at the end of the post).David Barton explains Kim Davis, the four kinds of law and why she should not be in Jail.Interesting perspective that I haven't heard.#kimdavisPosted by Glenn Beck on Friday, September 4, 2015Class, any thoughts?(In case the Facebook embed doesn't work, here it is)This, of … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck Does Double Take as David Barton Says Third Great Awakening Has Started

According to David Barton, the Third Great Awakening has started.At Glenn Beck's website, we learn that Beck and Barton talked after Glenn Beck's Restoring Unity Rally on Saturday about the GA3. GLENN: I think this is — I think we’re at the beginning. I flew back with David Barton yesterday. And David said, just matter-of-factly, he said, we’re in the awakening. And I said, I leaned up and I said, hold on. What did you just say. And he said, we’re in the awakening. And I said, the third grea … [Read more...]

Salon Article on David Barton

Julie Ingersoll posted on David Barton's historical misadventures today at Salon. The article is a lengthy section from her book Building God's Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstructionism.Julie's article brings together several strands of thinking which have influenced Barton and is a good introduction for those wanting some background on the collector of historical documents. It is a plus that she includes a mention of Getting Jefferson Right (one correction, we published our … [Read more...]

Note to David Barton: The Obama Admin’s Justice Dept Has Prosecuted 12,859 Defendants for Child Porn Related Crimes Since FY 2009

Yesterday, David Barton told his Wallbuilders' Live audience that the Obama administration has not prosecuted a single case of child pornography. He said, "there has not been a single prosecution of child pornography under this administration. There were many under previous administrations; this administration just shut it down."I also pointed out that Barton has made this claim before. A quick review of the press releases for the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the DOJ’s website … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal Headline David Barton’s ProFamily Legislative Conference

Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal will headline David Barton's ProFamily Legislative Conference in early November. Cruz and Jindal are both running for the GOP's presidential nomination.In all seriousness, how can this be a good thing when the person sponsoring the conference can't get his facts straight? Just in the last two days, Barton has made false claims about gender identity in the military and the Obama administration's record on prosecution of child porn.Watch this video to see if your … [Read more...]