Wallbuilder's Rick Green defends comments about pediatrics associations

Early last week, I pointed out that David Barton and Rick Green identified the American College of Pediatricians as "the leading pediatric association in America." In fact, ACP is a group of around 200 members which, in 2003, split off from the real leading group, the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP commented briefly later in the week.I also mentioned that a reader, Bernie, wrote to Wallbuilders to ask why Barton and Green identified the ACP as the leading group. Rick Green responded … [Read more...]

Don't bet on Perry if he prays to win the GOP nomination

Back in April, Texas Governor Rick Perry officially proclaimed three days of prayer to bring rain. Texas was already in a bad way at I suppose he and his advisors thought a little prayer couldn't hurt.  According to the US drought monitor, here is what the nation looked like on April 19, just a couple of days before the season of prayer.It looked bad then. Now look at the map of the drought for August 9.As the key shows the darker colors indicate dryer conditions. Since the … [Read more...]

Who drew more people than The Response?

Kind of a question and observation rolled into one: doesn't it seem like some of the highly touted big Christian gatherings (prayer rallies, solemn assemblies, awakenings) have not lived up to expectations?Last year, a big rally in MO called by Dutch Sheets was cancelled because of poor registration numbers, the various awakening meetings (Liberty Council, etc.) had smaller than expected numbers, and now The Response drew 30k in a stadium chosen because it seats 80k.These are ramblings … [Read more...]

Did the leading association of pediatricians say schools are forcing kids to be gay?

David Barton says they did (via Right Wing Watch).On his radio program Friday, August 5, Barton told his co-host Rick Green that the "leading pediatric association in America" wrote a letter to the superintendents of all the nation's public schools warning them to stop indocrinating students in homosexuality. Barton said the pediatricians told the educators:If you’ll just let this develop naturally, they’ll end up being heterosexual unless you force them to be homosexual.The only part of … [Read more...]

The Response – Good and bad

Rick Perry's not-as-big-as-hoped prayer meeting, The Response is underway in Texas. You can check out the live stream at the website. As I take a break and write, a gospel choir is belting out some sweet praise music. As an evangelical, these songs touch me deeply and as is customary for me lifts my emotions.But then I think about who is paying the bills (host entity) for the event.The folks who think there is honor in the displacement and elimination of Native Americans from the land, wh … [Read more...]

John Adams to Rick Perry: Don't meddle in religion

This morning, Religion Dispatches published my article with advice for Rick Perry from our second President, John Adams.  David Barton is right about one thing: John Adams was a religious person. Adams twice called for national days of prayer and fasting during his presidency and attended many churches of different views. Although Adams had no patience for Calvinists or Catholics, Adams had immense respect for Jesus as an enlightened teacher.  Knowing this, Benjamin Rush lamented to Adams … [Read more...]

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill on a fast track

I spoke yesterday with Ugandan MP Hon. Otto Odonga who told me that the Parliament will bring back the Anti-Homosexuality Bill soon, perhaps "by the end of August." Although the re-introduction of the antigay bill had been expected, Odonga said the bill is "back from the perspective of the new parliament starting from where the last parliament ended."Since the end of the Eighth Parliament, observers have speculated that the Ninth Parliament might not require re-introduction of bills d … [Read more...]

Ghana's government silent on calls to jail gays

Yesterday, I posted a piece at Religion Dispatches about the response of Ghana's government to my inquiries about the recent calls for arrests of gays. Here is the lead:In the face of reports that Ghana’s Western Region Minister recently called for the arrest of gays, a Ghanaian government source told RD today that the government was not “clamping down” on sexual minorities. The source, who did not want to be named since he was not speaking officially, said that Ghana is a law abiding country a … [Read more...]


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