From Barton to Scherr: Thomas Kidd on Various Visions of Thomas Jefferson

Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture seeks "to advance knowledge of the role Christianity has played in mediating larger social and intellectual forces."  The Spring issue includes an article by Arthur Sherr (sic), entitled “Thomas Jefferson Versus the Historians: Christianity, Atheistic Morality, and the Afterlife.” When the article appeared, we asked for comment from other historians who have studied the role of religion in Jefferson’s thought. (Last week’s response … [Read more...]

Deja Vu All Over Again: David Barton Misleads Audience Again About Crime Statistics

Watching Maris and Mantle hit home runs during the early 1960s, Yankees catcher Yogi Berra was reported to say that the frequent long ball was like "deja vu all over again." That's about how it feels watching David Barton mislead churches when he speaks. On March 30, Barton spoke to Victory Christian Center in Austin, TX. Right Wing Watch has one aspect of the speech which is a newer wrinkle in his misleading ways, but watching the rest of the speech, I had that deja vu feeling … [Read more...]

David Barton Slated to Speak at Urbana University April 28

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On April 28, David Barton is slated to speak at Urbana University in Ohio. With the title, "David Barton - an expert of historical and Constitutional issues," the event is promoted on the school's website. However, his presence there may not place Urbana on Barton's list of a dozen acceptable colleges. The Barton event is being sponsored by a small group of people in the area informally called, "We the People," according to Karen Bailey, Champaign County Auditor. Bailey is one of the initial … [Read more...]

The David Barton Dozen: Ecclesia College (AR)

In October of last year, David Barton said there are about a dozen colleges that he believes are right on history and the Constitution.  John Fea identified six of them as Liberty University Law School Ohio Christian University Oklahoma Wesleyan University Pensacola Christian College Brewton-Parker College Louisiana College I think a seventh can be added: Ecclesia College in Arkansas. Barton is on the Board of Regents and recently spoke there.  While in the area, he spoke to a … [Read more...]

Nice Review of Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President

This was a pleasure to see: Excellent Rebuttal of David Barton's inappropriately named book, "The Jefferson Lies.", March 12, 2014 This book saved me the trouble of rebutting David Barton's book, "The Jefferson Lies." The authors supply the reader with the missing words of Thomas Jefferson. They also supply information from Jefferson's time to provide background. David Barton is so intent on making all Founders agree with his ideas of what belief in God, the Bible, and Christianity entails … [Read more...]

Twenty African Leaders Attend David Barton’s Capitol Tour During Congressional Prayer Breakfast Event

How did this happen? Louie Gohmert was co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Breakfast this year (along with Janice Hahn D-CA) and so it is possible that the prayer breakfast committee promoted this to the African leaders. It is also possible that Barton sponsored it and used his relationship with Gohmert to spread the word. Hard to say which stories he told. Perhaps he told them Congress printed the first English Bible to use in schools, or that most of the founders had seminary degrees. … [Read more...]

David Barton’s Favorite Candidate For Texas Attorney General Preparing Texas To Be Independent Nation

Like Ted Cruz before him, Barry Smitherman is a rising star in the Texas GOP. Smitherman is currently chair of the Railroad Commission and running to be Texas Attorney General.  David Barton endorsed Cruz and now David Barton has endorsed Smitherman for AG. Smitherman's views are right of center to say the least. He is preparing for the demise of the nation and wants Texas to be ready to secede from the union.  So when Smitherman says he wants to secure the borders, he might mean with … [Read more...]

Top Ten Posts in 2013

Here are the ten most visited pages on the blog for 2013. Two posts were written prior to 2013 but continue to be quite popular. I designate them in the list below by the year of publication. 1. On The Allegations of Plagiarism Against Mark Driscoll 2. Janet Mefferd Removes Evidence Relating to Charges of Plagiarism Against Mark Driscoll; Apologizes to Audience 3. Ingrid Schlueter Resigns from Janet Mefferd Show Over Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Controversy 4.  John Piper Calls Out … [Read more...]

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Uses Fake George Washington Quote

Phil Robertson is getting all manner of scrutiny these days. Given his high profile and recent controversy over his remarks to GQ, it is understandable that his prior speeches will be examined. In the one below, Robertson appears to advise marriage for young teens. I say appears because I don't have the entire video. He did however marry his wife when she was 16 and added that one should get parental permission. Various bloggers (e.g. Rawstory where I saw it first)  have examined Robertson's … [Read more...]

Politifact Debunks Bryan Fischer’s Christianity Only View of the First Amendment

Just as I did in 2011, yesterday Politifact debunked Bryan Fischer's claim that the founders said religion but meant Christianity. On his 12/10/13 Focal Point broadcast, Fischer said: By the word religion in the First Amendment, the founders meant Christianity. Not so. Politifact's Punditfact writers consulted Baylor's Thomas Kidd, Rutger's Jan Ellen Lewis and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow John Ragosta to provide the complete picture. Fischer believes Muslims should not … [Read more...]