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...]

League of the South Members Behind the Constitution Course Allowed by Ohio School District

Yesterday, I wrote about a summer course on the Constitution offered by the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC) and advertised to the public by the Springboro School District. According to media reports, the school district plans to evaluate the course for possible inclusion in their schools. See yesterday's post for a flyer describing the course.The Institute on the Constitution was founded and is directed by Michael Peroutka. Peroutka was the 2004 presidential candidate for the … [Read more...]

Answering the Claim that the Repeal of DOMA Will Force Military Chaplains to Perform Gay Marriages

In response to claims that the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will force military chaplains to perform gay marriages, a defense official told me today that chaplains are not required to perform marriages which violate the tenets of their religion.The day DOMA was repealed, David Barton opined to Glenn Beck that military chaplains will now have to perform weddings for gay service members.  Barton said DOMA had protected "the rights of chaplains not to have to perform gay m … [Read more...]

Springboro School District to Allow Course in Constitution Featuring David Barton

Speaking of David Barton and the Constitution, I learned yesterday that the Springboro School District plans to offer a summer course on the Constitution taught in part by Barton via video.Here is the brochure advertising the course:John Eidsmoe was Michelle Bachmann's mentor* at Oral Roberts University and Ricki Pepin runs something called the Institute on the Constitution. Pepin's website leaves no doubt about the type of course being offered.  She says she provides "educational … [Read more...]

David Barton and the Biblical Constitution

In his speeches to churches, David Barton asserts that there are Bible verses throughout the Constitution. On past occasions, he has said that the Constitution quotes the Bible verbatim. In his recent appearance before Crossroads Church in Oklahoma City, OK, Barton said people today don't recognize these verses in the Constitution because they are ignorant about the Bible. He begins his discussion of the Bible and the Constitution at about 12 minutes into the following sermon:Barton … [Read more...]

David Barton Calls Paying Pastors “Church Welfare”

In a response to the Supreme Court cases on gay marriage yesterday, David Barton said ministers should be "bivocational" to prevent them relying on "church welfare," otherwise known as a minister's salary.Barton was on Glenn Beck's show yesterday opining about the importance of the two gay marriage cases on the military, the state department, and Christian conscience. In discussing the effect of the rulings on conscience, Barton said ministers who refuse to perform gay marriages may … [Read more...]

David Barton: The Bible in Schools and Violent Crime

In two recent sermons (Whitesburg Baptist Church - AL; Crossroads Church - OK), David Barton told his audience that violent crime has increased 694% since the 1963 Supreme Court decision on Bible reading in schools. Barton cited Benjamin Rush as a founding father who believe the Bible should be in schools. According to Barton, Rush warned that crime would increase if the Bible was ever removed from education.To his audience at Crossroads (36 minutes into the video), Barton showed this chart … [Read more...]

What Should David Barton Do About The Capitol Tour Video?

In light of David Barton's tacit admission that he has made multiple errors of fact in the Capitol Tour video, it is worth considering how he should respond. Thus far, he has simply edited out some errors and replaced the audio with updated information. The consequences are that new viewers of the video will assume that Barton presented the new information at the time of the tour and that viewers of the prior video will not have the benefit of what was altered. In addition, some historical … [Read more...]