Glenn Beck Also Misled Ted Cruz Audiences About George Washington’s Diary Entry

In at least seven speeches I have found online, Glenn Beck misled Ted Cruz rally audiences about his copy of Don Quixote once given by George Washington as a gift. Beck told audiences that he owned the copy of Don Quixote purchased by George Washington on the day the Consitution was signed. He didn't. He has a later one which Washington gave as a gift to Tobias Lear. While Beck has yet to admit to his readers or listeners, he did admit it to HuffPo yesterday (see this link for the speeches and … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck Says He Takes Full Responsibility for Misleading Ted Cruz Crowds Then Faults Huffington Post for Calling Him Out

No wonder Glenn Beck likes David Barton so much.At recent Ted Cruz rallies, Glenn Beck told audiences he owns the copy of Don Quixote originally owned by George Washington and which was picked up by Washington the day he signed the Constitution. As it turns out, Beck's copy of Don Quixote was given as a gift by Washington to Tobias Lear. That is not what he told audiences, and to HuffPo, Beck admitted the error. However, on his website, he chides Calderone and HuffPo as if they made the e … [Read more...]

Message to Glenn Beck and Fellowship Church: Congress Didn’t Print the Aitken Bible

In addition to faulty theology, there are several glaring historical errors in Glenn Beck's talk to Fellowship Church on July 5. Sadly, the audience is less knowledgeable now than before he spoke. Here is one example.Glenn Beck told Fellowship Church that the first thing Congress did after the United States won the Revolutionary War was to print a Bible in English. Watch:Transcript: Don't let anybody tell you we are not a Christian nation because we absolutely are a Christian … [Read more...]

Pastor Jack Hibbs Takes Lessons from David Barton

The third video in Jack Hibb's mini-series (see a previous post on a prior episode) with David Barton features Hibbs trying his hand at historical interpretation. Watch Hibbs talking about Washington and Jefferson as slave owners (for context, here is the complete segment).In this clip, Hibbs makes some Bartonesque statements about Washington and Jefferson. Below I give the claim and then after that what I believe to be the truth.  Hibbs said:1. George Washington was one of the ten we … [Read more...]

MD County Official Uses Faux George Washington Prayer in Violation of Judge’s Order

A First Amendment case is brewing in Maryland involving sectarian prayers and a prayer book wrongly attributed to George Washington. The prayer recited by Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier Thursday that she said is from George Washington has been proven to not belong to the first president, but is often used by Christian Conservative politicians, according to a scholar. Friend and Messiah College history professor John Fea provided the expert commentary: John Fea, chair of the History … [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...]

Were Unitarians Evangelical?

David Barton told Liberty University students in their September 9 chapel that Unitarians were at one time "a very evangelical Christian denomination." In his effort to define what he called modernism, he said this about the Unitarians the late 18th and early 19th century:And the example of that is what happens when you look at Universalist Unitarians; certainly not a denomination that conforms to biblical truth in any way but as it turns out, we have a number of Founding Fathers  who were … [Read more...]

Letter from George Washington to an annual meeting of Quakers

Does Washington, in this letter, sound like he is talking about Christianity alone?George WashingtonSeptember 1789Government being, among other purposes, instituted to protect the persons and consciences of men from oppression, it certainly is the duty of rulers, not only to abstain from it themselves, but, according to their stations, to prevent it in others.The liberty enjoyed by the people of theses states of worshiping Almighty God agreeably to their consciences, is not only … [Read more...]


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