George Barna, Please Meet the Barna Group

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Reading the book U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots is a frustrating experience. For the most part, authors George Barna and David Barton labor to make the case that America needs to turn back to God in order to avoid judgment. I have been hearing these appeals since I was in high school ("If my people who are called by my name..."). In all of them, the speakers or authors have warned that America had become so bad that judgment was just around the corner.As a part of … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz Launches Presidential Bid; Can You Say Secretary of Education David Barton?

Early Monday morning Ted Cruz announced his bid for the GOP presidential nomination.This has delighted tea party and religious right conservatives; Richard Viguerie thinks Cruz can unite the party and compares him to Reagan. Cruz made his formal announcement at Liberty University.Another lower profile conservative who hoped a year ago that Cruz would run is New Zealander Trevor Loudon. Speaking at the Western Conservative Conference in Denver CO, Loudon called on Cruz to run and offered … [Read more...]

Theologically motivated hyper-partisanship as intellectual vice – Damon Linker on Richard John Neuhaus

I don't know all the ins and outs of Richard John Neuhaus' life and work, but I found a gem in this book review of a biography about Neuhaus. Damon Linker, a public critic of Neuhaus, viewed Neuhaus as an ideologue who valued party loyalty over intellectual honesty. In describing Neuhaus in that manner, he said something that describes my current disposition toward politics and intellectual honesty. The money: I have a genuine respect for politics, recognize its importance and dignity, and … [Read more...]

Found: A National News Organization that Called David Barton America’s Historian

Yesterday, I posted an ad calling David Barton "the most recognized Christian historian in America." In that post, I noted that Barton says in his bio that “a national news organization has described him as ‘America’s historian.’” That Barton has never named the organization made me skeptical. I also have searched for the source without success.Until now.A reader sleuthed out the source and it makes sense for Barton to keep it vague. While other sources may have referred to Barton that wa … [Read more...]

Who is Bringing David Barton to PA in March?

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As noted in January, David Barton is speaking at Lancaster Bible College on March 19. A group called the Pennsylvania Pastor's Network is listed as sponsor of the U-Turn conference, named after Barton's book with George Barna (who is also slated to appear). Even though I have lived in PA for 20 years, I knew almost nothing about them. My initial thought is the PPN might be mainly the people advertising the event, and that seems to be the case.According to Capstone Legacy Foundation … [Read more...]

Should America Establish Christianity as a State Religion?

Everyone who reads here should know where I stand on that question -- absolutely not!I was surprised and sad to see that among Republicans, I am in the minority. According to a Public Policy Polling survey (question 17), 57% of Republicans said they "support establishing Christianity as the national religion." Thirty percent did not support that policy and 13% were unsure.Tom Ehrich pointed to the poll results in his commentary opposing the establishment of Christianity. Ehrich asks, if … [Read more...]

Note to Evangelical Culture Warriors and Pastor Tullian Tchividjian from Benjamin Rush

The Father of Psychiatry, Benjamin Rush (1746-1813), signed the Declaration of Independence  and was a delegate to the Constitutional Congress. Rush was good friends with both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Despite his universalist beliefs, he is a favorite of David Barton and other Christian Nationalists because he was a founder who articulated many Christian interests and pursuits.I thought of Rush after reading a World Net Daily article today by John Aman criticizing Coral Ridge … [Read more...]

Capital Gazette (MD) Columnist: Michael Peroutka is Not a Republican

Mike Collins, columnist for the Capital Gazette, has a helpful summary of Michael Peroutka's statements which build to the conclusion that Peroutka can be called many things, but Republican is not one of them. Peroutka is running for a seat on Anne Arundel County Council, founded the theocratic Institute on the Constitution and is a member of the Southern secession group League of the South.In an odd twist, I suppose you could call him a RINO.Collins exhorts his fellow Republicans to … [Read more...]


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