David Barton on Thomas Jefferson – United Brethren and the Christian Indians

Yesterday, David Barton and I were on the Paul Edwards radio program, although at different times. Mr. Barton did not want to be on the show at the same time, so he went first and responded to my series on Jefferson and then I followed.The podcast is here (April 20 show) which contains the entire program (start at about 1:23:23 for both segments).During the program, Barton said that the difference in our views on the Kaskaskia tribe treaty was related to semantics. He believed that fe … [Read more...]

David Barton on Thomas Jefferson – In the Year of Our Lord Christ

Yesterday, I addressed David Barton's claim that Thomas Jefferson authorized funds to evangelize the Kaskaskia Indian tribe. What he actually did was sign a treaty which provided funds to the tribe to help build a church and help fund the services of a Catholic priest for a brief period. The 200 or so Kaskaskia Indians were already predominantly Catholic and the funds amounted to part of a transaction in exchange for their land.Today, I want to examine the claim by David Barton that Thomas … [Read more...]

David Barton on Thomas Jefferson: The Kaskaskia Indians

 UPDATE: For more information about Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, go to GettingJeffersonRight.com.Recently, I have been writing about the First Amendment. In the process, I have been reading much about the religious views of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison, all firm defenders of freedom of conscience.  Jefferson is particularly interesting given claims made about him by historical document collector David Barton. Barton runs a … [Read more...]

Uganda: Opposition leaders arrested in wake of protests

UPDATE: Photos of the protests...The Ugandan government is cracking down on peaceful protests by arresting opposition leaders, including some who opposed President Museveni in the recent February election.KASANGATI, Uganda — Police in Uganda battled protesters for the third time in a week and again arrested the country's top opposition politician on Monday, and the Red Cross said one protester died after being tear gassed.Police arrested Kizza Besigye and about a dozen members of par … [Read more...]

David Barton: Pluralism not the goal of the First Amendment

Now I know where Bryan Fischer gets at least some of his material.On an April 11, 2011 archived program, a brief statement is made by Barton which sounds a lot like Bryan Fischer's argument that Christianity is the only religion covered by the First Amendment.Monday, April 11, 2011Unearthing America's Christian Foundations, part 1(at about the 12 minute mark, a narrator introduces David Barton)This is David Barton with another moment from America’s history. Joseph Story is one of t … [Read more...]

Ugandan ex-gay recants, says Ssempa paid him to say he changed

Not sure how I missed this one, but yesterday Josh Kron reported that one of Martin Ssempa's poster children for gay change recanted his story saying that Ssempa paid him to claim change.George Oundo said he had changed orientation and that Uganda's Parliament should pass David Bahati's antigay bill at a news conference reported by the Parliament.However, within a short time, he met with Kron and recanted everything saying Ssempa had paid him well to tell a false story.“I used to call m … [Read more...]

Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson: The Faith Factor

Tomorrow, April 15, marks the day in 1947 when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball. The executive who signed him with the express purpose of combating racism was Branch Rickey, President of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Today, CNN reports that Branch Rickey's faith was a strong motivation for his decision to sign Robinson. Roll the tape:I watched the CNN segment this morning and reporter Ed Henry said that he told President Obama about the segment of Robinson … [Read more...]

More on Thomas Jefferson and Christianity

Monday, I disputed the notion that Thomas Jefferson was an evangelical Christian who hoped to evangelize Native Americans with his edited version of the New Testament. There I provided evidence that Jefferson was not a Christian in the evangelical sense. Here is additional evidence that Jefferson was not the Christian portrayed by David Barton and other revisionists of Jefferson's beliefs.First in a April 11, 1823 letter to John Adams, Jefferson wrote:I can never join Calvin in addressing … [Read more...]


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