Texas Textbook Wars Enter New Phase

Now it gets serious. Textbooks written according to Texas' curriculum standards are slated to be evaluated in public hearings amid criticism from liberal groups, according to Politco's Stephanie Simon.According to Simon:Texas students may soon be reading in their history textbooks that the American system of democracy was inspired by Moses, segregated schools weren’t all that bad and taxes imposed for programs like Social Security haven’t measurably improved society. Those passages are a … [Read more...]

An Apologetics Conference That Should Apologize

To my way of thinking, this (click link) is an incoherent lineup for an apologetics conference. I don't know all of the speakers but  Eric Metaxas and John Stonestreet seem out of place with David Barton, Todd Starnes, Tim Wildmon, and Ray Moore. Put on by Alex McFarland, the Truth for a New Generation conference to be held September 5-6 should issue a disclaimer that attendance will be hazardous to your intellectual health.The Colson Center has a place in the program. One can find c … [Read more...]

Two Years Ago David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies Was Pulled From The Shelves

Two years ago today, Tommy Kidd was on the case, reporting for World Magazine that Thomas Nelson ceased publication and distribution of David Barton's book The Jefferson Lies.Eventually Barton claimed that the book would be republished by Glenn Beck's Simon & Schuster imprint. However, currently there is no second edition.World featured an online debate of sorts involving my Getting Jefferson Right co-author Michael Coulter, The Masters College historian Gregg Frazer and me on one … [Read more...]

David Swartz on Responding to the Claims of Christian Nationalists

Yesterday, Asbury College history prof David Swartz briefly opined on the Christian nationalist appropriation of the Bible as foundation for their view of American history. Swartz extends an article by Seth Perry in a recent Religion and Culture Web Forum.Swartz discusses the reaction against linking the Bible with Christian nationalism and notes that evangelicals have blurred distinctions at least since the 1970s. He writes: Piling on have been evangelical historians represented at h … [Read more...]

In Georgia’s 10th District, David Barton is Again an Issue

This week, GOP voters in Georgia's 10th District will decide which candidate, Jody Hice or Mike Collins, will face the Democrat nominee in the Fall. Richard Zimdars, a columnist for the Athens Banner-Herald, watched the two candidates debate and for at least two reasons decided that Collins might be the better choice. First Collins seemed more likely to work with opponents in Congress to achieve legislation. Second, Hice touts an endorsement from David Barton which is a problem for Zimdars. He … [Read more...]

Bob Barr’s Strange David Barton Claim

This is old news but an article on right wing opinion site American Thinking got me to writing.Bob Barr and Barry Loudermilk are seeking the GOP nomination next week to run for Georgia's 11th District Congressional seat. Last week, they debated and in the debate Bob Barr made a strange charge against Barry Loudermilk. Watch, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:Barr accuses David Barton of being anti-Semitic and challenges Loudermilk to deny Barton's endorsement. The article that caught my … [Read more...]

Historian Thomas Kidd: On Slavery and George Whitefield

Thomas Kidd is professor of history at Baylor University and a prolific writer. In 2012, World Magazine published Kidd's reporting on Thomas Nelson's decision to remove David Barton's book The Jefferson Lies from publication.In October 2014, Yale University Press will publish Kidd's book on George Whitefield. In his most recent newsletter, Kidd addresses the uncomfortable fact that many otherwise admirable figures in our history owned slaves. In the case of Whitefield, he not only owned … [Read more...]

Former Soviet State Wants to Go Early American, Calls David Barton For Help

In the strange but heard on Glenn Beck (I know I just repeated myself) category, Right Wing Watch reports that David Barton got a call from an old Soviet state to come help them with their "underpinnings."Watch:  … [Read more...]


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