David Barton on the Daily Show

Last night's program with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show was underwhelming at best. Stewart did not get to Barton's use of quotes out of context until the end of the 2nd clip and then Stewart did not pin him down on specifics.In the extended sections embedded below, Stewart tried to pin Barton down about the effect of the First Amendment but Stewart provided no quotes from Barton. Barton has said that the First Amendment only applies to denomination establishment of Christianity but does … [Read more...]

The Cincinnati Bible Wars: When the Bible was removed from schools

The month of May marks the 400 anniversary of the publication of the King James Version of the Bible. The most published book in history, the KJV was once widely read in public schools around the nation. However, in 1872 that trend was reversed by the Ohio Supreme Court in Minor v. Board of Education of Cincinnati which addressed what was called at the time, the “Cincinnati Bible Wars.” In 1869, the Cincinnati Board of Education voted to remove the KJV from the public schools, sparking angry prot … [Read more...]

David Barton on the Daily Show tomorrow

Pass the popcorn.According to Jon Stewart's Daily Show website, David Barton will appear tomorrow night May 4 at 11pm.Wait, what? He won't come on the Paul Edwards Show with me, but he'll go on the Daily Show?UPDATE: Well, that was disappointing. … [Read more...]

David Barton on Thomas Jefferson – Did Jefferson approve church in the Capitol?

 UPDATE: For more information about Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, go to GettingJeffersonRight.com.David Barton claims that Thomas Jefferson approved the use of the Capitol building as a church in 1800. On his April 11 podcast, Barton claimed that Jefferson was so religious that he would look like a "Bible thumping  evangelical" with the following example given as evidence:And I’ll give you a great example. We moved into the US Capitol in 1 … [Read more...]

David Barton on Thomas Jefferson – Gnadenhutten and the Christian Indians

Last Thursday, I wrote about my appearance on the Paul Edwards radio show, just after David Barton was on to respond to my series on Thomas Jefferson. During his time, Barton claimed that Thomas Jefferson signed an act three times "to propagate the gospel among the heathen." Here are Barton's exact words:The actual quote out of all three acts was “to propagate the gospel among the heathen.” Now, when you take the context of those three federal acts, and you know, you can check the acts, March 3 … [Read more...]

David Barton on Thomas Jefferson – United Brethren and the Christian Indians

Yesterday, David Barton and I were on the Paul Edwards radio program, although at different times. Mr. Barton did not want to be on the show at the same time, so he went first and responded to my series on Jefferson and then I followed.The podcast is here (April 20 show) which contains the entire program (start at about 1:23:23 for both segments).During the program, Barton said that the difference in our views on the Kaskaskia tribe treaty was related to semantics. He believed that fe … [Read more...]

David Barton on Thomas Jefferson – In the Year of Our Lord Christ

Yesterday, I addressed David Barton's claim that Thomas Jefferson authorized funds to evangelize the Kaskaskia Indian tribe. What he actually did was sign a treaty which provided funds to the tribe to help build a church and help fund the services of a Catholic priest for a brief period. The 200 or so Kaskaskia Indians were already predominantly Catholic and the funds amounted to part of a transaction in exchange for their land.Today, I want to examine the claim by David Barton that Thomas … [Read more...]

David Barton on Thomas Jefferson: The Kaskaskia Indians

 UPDATE: For more information about Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, go to GettingJeffersonRight.com.Recently, I have been writing about the First Amendment. In the process, I have been reading much about the religious views of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison, all firm defenders of freedom of conscience.  Jefferson is particularly interesting given claims made about him by historical document collector David Barton. Barton runs a … [Read more...]


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