After getting history wrong, David Barton claims he was misunderstood about the destruction of Indians

On March 21, David Barton addressed "just war" theory on his Wallbuilders Live program and in the process he said the following about the destruction of Indian tribes. What happened was the Indian leaders said “they’re trying to change our culture” and so they declared war on all the white guys and went after the white guys and that was King Philip’s War.  It was really trying to be civilized on one side and end torture and the Indians were threatened by the ending of torture and so we … [Read more...]

Baptist Minister Reacts to David Barton’s Justification of Indian Destruction

At Crosswalk and Huffington Post, I posted articles this week with comments from Randy Adams, outreach minister with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (Southern Baptist). Adams has outreach responsibilities with Native Americans in OK and has commented before on Bryan Fischer's views of native people. He reacted similarly to Barton's statements about the destruction of Indian tribes as being a part of a just war theory. About Barton's claims, Adams said, "using just war theory to … [Read more...]

More on David Barton and King Philip’s War

After David Barton's astounding defense of the destruction of Indian tribes and their means of supporting themselves, I started reading more about King Philip's War. Barton said the Indians declared war to defend torture in particular and their culture more generally. This is inadequate as an explanation. In addition to any concerns about culture, there was the more important matter of English encroachment on Indian lands. Philip (Metacomet, son of Massasoit) had appreciation for elements of … [Read more...]

David Barton Justifies Civilizing Indians By Destroying Them

Yesterday, on Wallbuilders Live, David Barton addressed just war theory and conduct toward nations who don't follow conventions of war. In doing so, he said: What happened was the Indian leaders said "they're trying to change our culture" and so they declared war on all the white guys and went after the white guys and that was King Philip's War.  It was really trying to be civilized on one side and end torture and the Indians were threatened by the ending of torture and so we had to go in and … [Read more...]

David Barton’s Capitol Tour: Did Thomas Jefferson Spend Federal Funds to Evangelize the Kaskaskia Indians?

This week, Michael Coulter and I are going to present a series of reactions to an eight minute YouTube video of David Barton’s Capitol Tour. Sponsored by the Family Research Council, the video provides narration from Barton speaking in the Rotunda of the Capitol. First, I am going to revisit Barton’s fable about Jefferson and the Kaskaskia Indians. I wrote about the Kaskaskia treaty last year and we cover it in our book Getting Jefferson Right.  In his book The Jefferson Lies, Barton uses … [Read more...]

Top Ten Posts – 2011

To reflect on 2011, I have listed here the ten most popular posts in terms of visits this year. Two of the posts were written in prior years but were visited frequently this year. In addition to being popular, I think they are representative of the stories and issues which I wrote about this year. 1. The Trail of Tears remembered 2. Uganda update: Anti-Homosexuality Bill on tomorrow’s agenda 3. Committee chair says Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill may not be considered 4. What … [Read more...]

More on The Response: Did Hitler mimic the Indian reservations?

Here is a tale of two supporters of The Response. John Benefiel is founder of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network and endorser of the upcoming prayer meeting, The Response, initiated by Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and funded by the American Family Association. Benefiel has focused on repairing relationships with Native Americans. His reasons are spiritual. For instance, he teaches that Oklahoma's high divorce rate is due to the fact that Oklahoma was once home to the Indian Territory, a … [Read more...]

The strange bedfellows involved in Rick Perry’s prayer meeting

On the video below, at least four people who are associated with Governor Rick Perry's The Response prayer meeting speak in favor of an apology to Native American people for the atrocities committed against them by European settlers. Jay Swallow, Lou Engle, Sam Brownback and John Benefiel appear and support the Native American Apology Resolution. In fact, John Benefiel's ministry made the video. Lou Engle, who is not listed as a The Response endorser but is a part of the International … [Read more...]

Article on The Response and the AFA published at Indian Country Times

I believe the Indian Country Times is the largest Native American news service on the web. Today, they published my article asking why Governor Rick Perry would partner with the American Family Association given the vilification of Native Americans by Bryan Fischer and condoned by the AFA earlier in the year. I am glad that the ICT folks consider the issue relevant and important enough to bring before their readers. Click the link for the article. … [Read more...]

One more reason to just say no to The Response

Of late, left leaning groups have raised concerns about a prayer meeting convened by Texas Governor Rick Perry and hosted by the American Family Association. Called “The Response,” the event bills itself as a religiously motivated solemn assembly. To me, it seems like a political statement. About his work, National Finance Chair for the event and uber-organizer, David Lane says, "What I do is spiritual. The by-product is political." One of the major problems with the event as raised by … [Read more...]