Southern Baptist Leaders Contradict David Barton’s Claim about Confederate Symbols

(UPDATED to include Russell Moore's comments...)The religious right's favorite self-styled historian David Barton has come out in favor of leaving Confederate statues in public view, blaming "the left" for the push to remove them. According to an article in World Net Daily, Barton sees "the left" at work: David Barton, a historian and author of “The Jefferson Lies,” said the crusade against Confederate monuments is simply an attempt by the left to erase history. He said even monuments that s … [Read more...]

This is What a Court Evangelical Sounds Like

Messiah College's chair of the history department John Fea coined the phrase "court evangelical" to describe evangelical leaders who defend Donald Trump no matter what he does. Even Republican Senators have expressed confusion and negative reactions to the firing of James Comey, but not the court evangelicals. Watch:"We need to concentrate on these real accomplishments instead of being distracted by the manufactured Comey crisis" ~ @robertjeffress #MAGA … [Read more...]

Gospel Coalition: David Barton is Doing it Wrong

Writing for the Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor gets right to the point: David Barton does history wrong. And Taylor recommends my book (with Michael Coulter) Getting Jefferson Right.That right there is a great post.The reason for the post is to point readers toward well researched and written sources on America's founding. For the most part, I think Taylor put together a great list of resources on the religious dimensions of the founding era.I do take issue with two sentences Taylor … [Read more...]

The Voice of the Martyrs Controversy

In April, a source sent a link to a website which is dedicated to concerns about Christian charity Voice of the Martyrs. Unfortunately, it went on the back burner until today. Although there are aspects of the story I won't be able to assess, I do think it will be of interest to donors and some of my readers. First, I want to link to a website which raises concerns about a VOM affiliate in Nigeria. Then, I want to present VOM's response and the counter response from VOM's critics.VOM's … [Read more...]

Trump Contradicts Himself and VP Pence on FBI Director Comey Firing

Yesterday, VP Pence said Trump acted on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General to fire FBI Director James Comey. Watch:First, Deputy AG Rosenstein didn't directly recommend Comey's firing and today, Trump says he had already planned to fire Comey without the recommendation, contradicting the White House statement and Pence.Amazing interview where Trump contradicts HIS OWN LETTER FIRING COMEY and everything the White House said yesterday pic.twitter.com/voFo9wfwvV— Judd … [Read more...]

Texas Governor Tries to Mobilize Churches in Favor of LGBT Discrimination (UPDATED with Video of John Hagee)

On Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott contacted ten megachurch pastors about Texas HB 2899. Abbott told the pastors the bill was being held up by the Speaker of the House and asked the pastors to persuade their congregations to oppose it. Robert Morris, pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, called HB 2899 "the bathroom bill" and urged Christian church goers to voice their opposition to their representatives. Watch Morris urge his congregation to call their legislators.Transcript: Also I … [Read more...]

Reaction to Trump’s Religious Liberty Executive Order

Earlier today Donald Trump signed an executive order with religious liberty as the subject matter. However, the order did next to nothing of substance. Everything Trump and his supporters want to change must be done legislatively or via rule making.Reaction to the order has been much more interesting and in some cases substantial than the order itself. First, I start with comments from Rick Cohen, Director of Communications with the National Council of Nonprofits. After I saw a press … [Read more...]

Donald Trump Signs Executive Order on Religious Freedom (with Text)

Although it is much ado about nothing much, Donald Trump signed an executive order on religious freedom today. After reading through it, I am pretty sure Christian bakers, florists, and photographers are still going to have to serve gays. I don't think this order changes anything. All of these directives specify that any actions be done within existing law. Any real changes must come via legislation.You can read it here and below: THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR … [Read more...]