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...]

Wikileaks: Uganda's First Lady behind the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

So says Uganda's Daily Monitor:The First Lady Ms Janet Museveni, was behind the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, US Ambassador to Uganda, Jerry Lanier, said in a leaked diplomatic cable.The revelation was made by Senior Presidential Adviser John Nagenda, during a discussion with a US embassy political officer.In Mr Lanier’s comments which were leaked on September 1, by whistleblower Wikileaks, Mr Nagenda is quoted to have told the US embassy that President Museveni is “quite intemperate” when i … [Read more...]

David Barton: Evil spirits make Congress "think really goofy"

I knew it was someone's fault.Read the whole thing at Right Wing Watch, but for now listen to historical document collector David Barton tell Kenneth Copeland about why Congressional Democrats "think really goofy."Partial transcript:And I can tell this in the U.S. Capitol. When I walk from the House side to the Senate side, I cross the middle line of the Capitol, I can feel a different principality because they have jurisdictions over different things. And there … [Read more...]

Christian reconstructionist warns of threat from New Apostolic Reformation dominionism

Note to dominionism deniers: Not only is dominionism real, there are at least two types alive and well within evangelical circles. In the category of it-takes-one-to-know-one, American Vision's Joel McDurmon spells out the differences between the theonomy of Christian reconstructionism and the dominionism of the New Apostolic Reformation. In all seriousness, if you want to understand the two movements, this is an important article to read. I bring the highlights with some supporting information; … [Read more...]