Fake Doctorate Watch: Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin on the Jim Bakker Show

On Wednesday, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin was on the Jim Bakker Show. For reasons I cannot understand, Boykin claimed to have a PhD. Apparently, he was talking about the one he purchased from Phoenix University of Theology, a diploma mill (Not affiliated with University of Phoenix). Watch:Speaking about the critics of President Trump, Jim Bakker said they engage in sex, and drugs, "but forget rock and roll." He then called Boykin "doctor." Jim Bakker: Forgive me, doctorLori Bakker: But … [Read more...]

Despite Erroneous Material, Family Research Council Features David Barton at Event for Pastors

Once upon a time, Family Research Council promoted a video which featured a tour of the U.S. Capitol led by self-styled historian David Barton (see the original here). This Capitol tour video was filled with historical errors. Four years ago, 33 Christian historians and social scientists detailed those errors to FRC in a letter: April 23, 2013Dear Tony Perkins, Kenyn Cureton, & J.P. Duffy:Knowing of your desire to offer truthful and accurate information to the public, we the … [Read more...]

On Presidents Day, Family Research Council Incorrectly Quotes Presidents

Like these...(Update: Since I posted these tweets, FRC has taken down the George Washington quote. Clean up the Lincoln quote and they will be almost back where they started.)#GeorgeWashington believed God & the Bible should remain essential to our nation's character. #PresidentsDay pic.twitter.com/78HzHBhniX— FRC (@FRCdc) February 15, 2016Mt. Vernon's website lists this as a spurious quote.#AbrahamLincoln relied on the wisdom of God and the Bible to lead our … [Read more...]

The David Barton Cover Up: More on Gregg Frazer’s Critique of David Barton’s America’s Godly Heritage

On Monday, I wrote about a time in 2012 when David Barton was confronted by historians. I linked to a devastating critique of Barton's America's Godly Heritage by Gregg Frazer, professor of history at The Master's College.  Much of the critique is helpful even if one has not seen Barton's DVD because Frazer includes enough of the context to make the critiques clear. However, there is one section which might not be as clear as the others. To help readers use the critique well, I want to provide … [Read more...]

David Barton Back in Good Graces of Family Research Council

After removing the Capitol Tour video from You Tube due to historical errors in May 2013, the Family Research Council again had David Barton conduct the Capitol Tour for pastors during the Watchmen on the Wall conference. According to Time Magazine, David Barton led the spiritual heritage tour and covered at least some of the same ground as in the video FRC's V.P. Kenyn Cureton removed from You Tube in 2013.Last year, FRC told me that Barton was not going to conduct the tour in favor of … [Read more...]

Politico on David Barton: What Will Evangelicals Do, Part Two

Yesterday's Politico article by Stephanie Simon on evangelical support for David Barton could have been subtitled: Evangelicals Choose Pragmatism Over Truth.In the last year, over 70 scholars (over 700 if you count the 650 votes The Jefferson Lies received for Least Credible History Book in Print) have expressed concerns about David Barton's history.  Most of those 70 scholars teach history or social science at conservative Christian colleges.* Yet, the Politico article reveals an approach t … [Read more...]

David Barton Attempts to Cover His Historical Tracks; Changes Capitol Tour Video

In the ongoing controversy over David Barton's historical work, this is a significant development. First, let me present the components of the story.In 2007, David Barton led a tour of the Capitol on behalf of the Family Research Council where he made several key claims. He used these claims to make dubious assertions about the intent of the founding fathers. FRC edited the tour video into an eight minute promo and uploaded it to You Tube. That video had over 4 million views. To fully … [Read more...]

Exodus International speaks out against FRC’s award winner

Being all into American history lately, I have missed some things. Like the Family Research Council giving an award to a guy who loves to hear himself vilify those he claims to love. Well, actually I don't know if he has claimed to love gays or not.Exodus, sounding a prophetic tone, released this statement about the matter today:Exodus International, the world’s largest Christian ministry helping individuals and families struggling with same sex attraction, denounced the Family Research Co … [Read more...]