How David Barton Speaks to 400 Groups per Year

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David Barton frequently claims that he speaks to over 400 groups per year. Once he said he spoke to over 600 different groups per year. Given the number of days in a year and his other activities, this seems like a fantastic claim. After reading a document from his defamation lawsuit, I now think I know how he gets to this number.In 2012, Barton sued two candidates for the Texas Board of Education for defamation, Judy Jennings, and Rebecca Bell-Metereau. The case was settled out of court in … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson

In honor of our third president, I can suggest a worthy gift given to anyone in his name. Written mostly to debunk David Barton's The Jefferson Lies, the book stands on its own as an examination of Jefferson's views on religion, the Bible, and slavery.Barton spent a lot of time at the Faith Baptist Church telling the audience that the founders all followed Blackstone's ideas that our government was based on the Bible. Thomas Jefferson wasn't impressed with that argument as … [Read more...]

David Barton Again Says Bible Teaches HIV Vaccine Won’t Be Discovered; Distorts Vaccine Research

David Barton continues to mislead his audiences about HIV research. Earlier this year, he told Charis Bible College students that a vaccine won't be discovered for HIV because the Bible teaches HIV is the penalty for being gay. Then he misrepresented two separate studies on HIV vaccines to make it appear vaccine research had been halted due to lack of success.Barton did the same thing again Saturday, April 11th at the Faith Baptist Church in Knightdale, NC. He told the audience the Bible … [Read more...]

Experts Dispute David Barton’s Claims About Translating for the Russian National Gymnastics Team

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Earlier this week, David Barton told his Wallbuilders Live co-host Rick Green that he once was fluent in Russian, was asked to translate for the Russian National Gymnastics Team in 1976 and smuggled Bibles into the Soviet Union "back in the day."  Here is the audio followed by the transcript:Transcript: Barton: That’s right, and South Korea. South Korea, Nigeria, they’re sending missionaries to America like crazy. And of course, if I looked at the stats on America, yeah we’re number one … [Read more...]

For the Sake of James Naismith, David Barton Should Come Clean About His Basketball Claims

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During the NCAA tournament, David Barton's son Tim did a tribute to James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. Watch:The information is largely accurate. Naismith was a ministerial candidate (along with other occupations) who believed he could reach more people via sports than the pulpit. He invented basketball to give young men something to do indoors when the weather was cold outside. It caught on.I couldn't escape the irony that Barton's organization made a link to the NCAA b … [Read more...]

David Barton Says He Translated for the Russian National Gymnastics Team in 1976

I say prove it.Today. Barton told co-host Rick Green that he was once fluent in Russian and translated for the Russian National Gymnastics Team in 1976. His fluency has left him now he says, but at one time he was called on to translate for Russian gymnasts.Color me skeptical.David Barton told Charis Bible College students that he played Division One basketball for Oral Roberts University. Oral Roberts University said no he didn't. He has said many outrageous things and this adds to … [Read more...]

George Barna, Please Meet the Barna Group

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Reading the book U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots is a frustrating experience. For the most part, authors George Barna and David Barton labor to make the case that America needs to turn back to God in order to avoid judgment. I have been hearing these appeals since I was in high school ("If my people who are called by my name..."). In all of them, the speakers or authors have warned that America had become so bad that judgment was just around the corner.As a part of … [Read more...]

Historian Thomas Kidd on Deism During the Founding Era

This brief primer by Thomas Kidd in how deism was understood during the founding era is well worth reading.Kidd cuts through the fog often generated by Christian nationalists (e.g., David Barton) and the new atheists regarding the religious beliefs of the founders. A brief sample: So what was deism? In spite of all its diversity, deism was a strain of rationalist religion – many of its advocates, like Jefferson, would have called themselves Christians – which focused on the ethical, rat … [Read more...]


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