Suicide victim endured anti-gay bullying

This time in Buffalo, NY.Parents carry on anti-bullying message: wivb.comJamey Rodemeyer's parents believe years of bullying drove their son to suicide. The Williamsville North freshman took his life Sunday, he was only 14 years old.Jamey Rodemeyer posted a message online hoping that others would be inspired by his struggle with bullying. A part of the message reads, “That's all you have to do. Just love yourself and you're set. And I promise you, it'll get better.” Soon after c … [Read more...]

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...]

Anoka-Hennepin School District's Sexual Orientation Curriculum Policy

Currently, the Anoka-Hennepin School District (AHSD) in MN is under fire in relationship to eight suicides in the district over the last two years. Critics say they have not done enough to prevent the anti-gay bullying and harassment that often precedes despair and depression for kids who are same-sex attracted and those who are perceived to be.The AHSD added a page on GLBT issues to their website recently. The district neutrality policy is at the center of the controversy with some parents … [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...]