The Problem with the Mercury One/Wallbuilders’ Internship Program

Monday, Glenn Beck devoted some time on his broadcast to graduates of Mercury One's internship program. The program went from June 5-16 and featured history lessons taught by David Barton.  The segment of the broadcast gave time to the participants to debrief about what they learned. Watch:The comments from students provide a window into the problems with the internship. It appears that these students have a lot to unlearn. Worse, they don't seem to know it.For instance at 1:24 into … [Read more...]

David Barton and Kevin Conover: Public School Bible Classes Teach Christianity

On the Educate for Life radio show, guest and self-styled historian David Barton agreed with host Kevin Conover that the public school Bible classes offered by the National Council of Bible Curriculum in Public Schools teaches Christianity. Watch:Barton agrees when Conover says, "they're offering not just a Bible as history class but it's literally a full on Christian class." Understandably, Conover seems surprised by this.According to the president of the Council, the purpose of the … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck and David Barton Reminisce about Alternative History

Lately, Glenn Beck and David Barton have been pushing their summer internship program. In a brief spot Monday, Beck and Barton claimed education was great until progressives took over in the 1920s. From the article: Prior to the 1920s, students completed school through eighth grade and each year had to pass a written exam that involved understanding the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, George Washington’s Farewell Address and their state constitution, Barton explained. The o … [Read more...]

Instead of Spending $375 on a Mercury One/Wallbuilders Intership, Buy These Books

Yesterday, Right Wing Watch reported that Glenn Beck and David Barton are planning to offer internships this summer to pre-college students via Mercury One. In addition to travel, food and lodging, Mercury One will charge $375 for the experience. Since David Barton is involved, one simply should not trust that the history will be accurate. Why Glenn Beck continues to hitch his wagon to Wallbuilders still puzzles me.Here is an alternative. Instead of spending money on travel and expenses and … [Read more...]

Does Article II of the Constitution Come from Deuteronomy 17:15?

Self-styled historian David Barton says it does. In a DVD (also on YouTube) called Constitutional Christian, Barton repeats a familiar claim that the Constitution is full of Bible verses (hat tip RWW). Watch:Barton specifically mentions Deuteronomy 17:15 which reads (NASV): you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses, one from among your countrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your countryman. The … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Staples Apologizes to Wallbuilder’s Live Host Rick Green for Refusing Print Job

This is an interesting story.The office supply company Staples today issued an apology to David Barton associate and Wallbuilders Live co-host Rick Green in response to the refusal by a Sandusky, OH Staples to print 500 copies of a Wallbuilders brochure.In mid-April, Green asked the Sandusky Staples to print 500 brochures advertising Wallbuilders high school government course.  Then via email on April 18, a store representative said the job was being held up because the store had … [Read more...]