David Barton Again Falsely Claims Obama Administration Has Not Prosecuted Child Pornography

Repeating a false claim he made in 2011, David Barton told his Wallbuilders audience yesterday that the Obama Administration has not prosecuted any child pornography cases. In contrast, Opposing Views links to six different FBI cases in just the last week (e.g., this MS case). According to World Magazine, the Obama administration has been less than active on adult cases but has been vigorous in prosecuting cases involving children.  The Department of Justice has placed emphasis on … [Read more...]

More on Liberty University and the Unification Church

James Duncan at Pajama Pages has another article today with more information on the historic links between Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church and Liberty University.  Specifically, he focuses on Ron Godwin, LU's Provost who has a long history with the Unification Church. The beginning: Liberty University’s current provost, Ron Godwin, was appointed by Rev. Sun Myung Moon to take his teachings and use them to revive and resurrect American Christianity. Moon knew Godwin intimately, and … [Read more...]

Deja Vu All Over Again: David Barton Misleads Audience Again About Crime Statistics

Watching Maris and Mantle hit home runs during the early 1960s, Yankees catcher Yogi Berra was reported to say that the frequent long ball was like "deja vu all over again." That's about how it feels watching David Barton mislead churches when he speaks. On March 30, Barton spoke to Victory Christian Center in Austin, TX. Right Wing Watch has one aspect of the speech which is a newer wrinkle in his misleading ways, but watching the rest of the speech, I had that deja vu feeling … [Read more...]

Open Forum: Why Pray Before Government Meetings?

The prayer case in Greece, NY and the one in Maryland I mentioned yesterday started me thinking about why such prayers are being offered and contested. I recognize the First Amendment implications of such cases and have interest in preserving religious liberty without establishment of Christianity as a preferred religion. However, I also thought of the matter as an evangelical and reflected on the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 6: 5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for … [Read more...]

David Barton Slated to Speak at Urbana University April 28

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On April 28, David Barton is slated to speak at Urbana University in Ohio. With the title, "David Barton - an expert of historical and Constitutional issues," the event is promoted on the school's website. However, his presence there may not place Urbana on Barton's list of a dozen acceptable colleges. The Barton event is being sponsored by a small group of people in the area informally called, "We the People," according to Karen Bailey, Champaign County Auditor. Bailey is one of the initial … [Read more...]

The David Barton Dozen: Ecclesia College (AR)

In October of last year, David Barton said there are about a dozen colleges that he believes are right on history and the Constitution.  John Fea identified six of them as Liberty University Law School Ohio Christian University Oklahoma Wesleyan University Pensacola Christian College Brewton-Parker College Louisiana College I think a seventh can be added: Ecclesia College in Arkansas. Barton is on the Board of Regents and recently spoke there.  While in the area, he spoke to a … [Read more...]

Uganda Watch: Evangelicals and Ugandans on the Defensive

Ugandan politicians and evangelical leaders have been on the defensive for different reasons since the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni. Many evangelicals are having to account for support for the bill which arose from the far right element of the evangelical world and Ugandan leaders, facing loss of aid from donor countries, are spinning the bill beyond recognition. Sarah Pulliam Bailey posted a thoughtful article at Religion News Service (picked up by … [Read more...]

Meeting Minutes from Uganda’s Ministry of Health Task Force Debate on Homosexuality

Although Yoweri Museveni has not yet signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, he has signaled his intent to do so based on information presented to him from a task force set up by Uganda's Ministry of Health. Museveni passed the buck to that committee and claims to be taking steps in line with their recommendations. I posted the committee's report here last week. Apparently, the task force only met two times prior to presenting their findings. According to minutes of those two meetings which I … [Read more...]

Remarks from President Museveni about Why He Plans to Sign Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill

Yesterday, Uganda's state department released some remarks from Yoweri Museveni with his rationale for signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009. President Museveni's Remarks on decision to sign anti-homosexual bill at the closing ceremony of the 10-day retreat of the NRM Parliamentary Caucus, 16th February 2014 1. In that bill, I had no problem with punishing people who promote homosexuality. 2. I had no problem with punishing people who become homosexual for mercenary reasons what one … [Read more...]

Twenty African Leaders Attend David Barton’s Capitol Tour During Congressional Prayer Breakfast Event

How did this happen? Louie Gohmert was co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Breakfast this year (along with Janice Hahn D-CA) and so it is possible that the prayer breakfast committee promoted this to the African leaders. It is also possible that Barton sponsored it and used his relationship with Gohmert to spread the word. Hard to say which stories he told. Perhaps he told them Congress printed the first English Bible to use in schools, or that most of the founders had seminary degrees. … [Read more...]