Rick Perry Invited Speaker for One Nation Under God House Parties

The next big evangelical event designed to bring America back to God. Speakers: Rick Perry (invited but not confirmed), David Barton, Bob McEwen, James Dobson, and Newt Gingrich. Roll the video promo:We’ve lost sight of our great heritage as a nation founded on Biblical truth, and the consequences are dire: schools are failing, the divorce rate is climbing, and our society is rife with scandal and corruption. It’s time to reclaim our Biblical heritage and bring God back to the c … [Read more...]

Were Unitarians Evangelical?

David Barton told Liberty University students in their September 9 chapel that Unitarians were at one time "a very evangelical Christian denomination." In his effort to define what he called modernism, he said this about the Unitarians the late 18th and early 19th century:And the example of that is what happens when you look at Universalist Unitarians; certainly not a denomination that conforms to biblical truth in any way but as it turns out, we have a number of Founding Fathers  who were … [Read more...]

David Barton: Did Early Presidents Sign Documents "In the Year of Our Lord Christ?"

On September 9, David Barton spoke to students at Liberty University during their chapel service. Last week I addressed several claims Barton made during the first five minutes of his talk. Today, I want to follow up with more detail about Barton’s claim that Thomas Jefferson and other early Presidents signed official presidential documents with the closing “In the year of our Lord Christ.” Barton points to this phrase as evidence that the early Presidents “had Jesus Christ in the center of what … [Read more...]

William Penn founded the Quakers and other tall tales from David Barton

As the Gipper used to say, "there you go again..."David Barton spoke at Liberty University on September 9 and said that William Penn founded the Quakers, the early Unitarians were an evangelical denomination and Thomas Jefferson signed presidential documents "In the Year of Our Lord Christ." That was just for starters.At about two minutes into his speech (click the link and look for Barton on Sept. 9; you can also hear it at iTunes here), Barton saidWe have the same thing when you look … [Read more...]

Pat Robertson says divorce ok if spouse has Alzheimer’s

Wait, what?As far as I can tell, Right Wing Watch had this story first. It is now getting around.Watch as Pat Robertson recommends divorce to a man who asked about how to handle relationships given the fact that his wife has Alzheimer's.Robertson says:I know it sounds cruel, but if he's going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her.According to the … [Read more...]

Primer on Anoka-Hennepin Suicides Controversy

ON Tuesday, I linked to a NYT article about the controversy over teen suicides in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. In that post, I noted that a parents' group in the Minnesota district -- the Parent's Action League -- used books and articles from NARTH and Exodus to make the claim that gays can and should change their orientation. (I should have also noted the involvement of Mission America and the American College of Pediatricians as well since materials from both groups are used by the … [Read more...]

MN Parents Action League Obstructs Bullying Prevention with Help of Ex-Gay Groups

Today, the New York Times examined the conflict in the Anoka-Hennepin school district over bullying prevention. The school district in Michele Bachmann's Congressional district has lost eight students to suicide in the last two years. Critics of the district say that some of the suicides are due to anti-gay bullying and want the school district to renounce a policy of neutrality toward discussions of sexual orientation. A parent's group, using ex-gay literature and arguments, is fighting to keep … [Read more...]

Is South Korea an Example of Dominionism in Action?

Che Ahn is a one of the leaders in the New Apostolic Reformation. Ahn is Chancellor of the Wagner Leadership Institute and co-founder, with Lou Engle, of The Call. He was an endorser of GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry's prayer meeting in Houston last month. He also believes the President of South Korea Lee Myung-bak illustrates how government apostles can fulfill their dominionist duties. Ahn says President Myung-bak is "an apostle on the government mountain." Watch this clip at Bruce … [Read more...]