Writer of Kirk Cameron’s Monumental Movie Dismisses Mental Illness as Cause of School Shooting, Blames Sin and Educational System

Marshall Foster, president of the World History Institute and co-writer of Kirk Cameron's documentary on American history, Monumental, issued a press release today dismissing the role of mental illness in the Newtown CT school shooting. Instead, he blamed sin. School Shooting Caused by Sinful Soul, Not Imbalanced Brain NEWTOWN, Conn., Dec. 18, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- "I'm sick and tired of the media's attempt to make excuses for Adam Lanza's mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary … [Read more...]

David Barton’s bad media day

No TGIF for David Barton last week. First, the Wall Street Journal published a book review of The Jefferson Lies by Alan Pell Crawford which briefly takes apart the book. Crawford begins by agreeing with Barton that Jefferson's connection to his slave Sally Hemming's children has not been established. However, from there on, the review identifies problem after problem with The Jefferson Lies. … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: America a Christian Nation?

Religion writer Ruth Ann Dailey penned a thought provoking op-ed examining the  notion of America as a Christian nation for today's Post-Gazette. She mentions one of my heroes, Roger Williams, and then refers to my work debunking David Barton's claims about the Founders. Roger Williams was not mentioned as much by the Founders as John Locke but Williams preceded Locke in time. I especially like this Williams quote which Dailey worked into her piece: Their persecution drove the great … [Read more...]

Ron Paul’s death-penalty-for-gays pastor interviews Monumental co-producer

Remember Philip Kayser? He is the Omaha, NE pastor that endorsed Ron Paul in the Iowa GOP primary who teaches that U.S. civil law should reflect the Old Testament book of Leviticus. In December, 2011, I wrote about his views on the death penalty for adulterers, disobedient children, gays, etc., which led to at least two national stories about Kayser's endorsement. Very soon after those stories appeared, Kayser's endorsement was pulled from Ron Paul's website. In book on the death penalty, … [Read more...]

Kirk Cameron’s Monumental Revision of Thomas Jefferson

Kirk Cameron is giving some in the media advanced looks at Monumental (which premieres tonight), including Christianity Today. In a follow up interview, Cameron extends his revision of Thomas Jefferson to a discussion of Jefferson's faith and the Jefferson Bible. Interviewer Andrew Thompson gets credit for asking a couple of hard questions about Jefferson's faith. Cameron dodges them with historical fiction. Thompson asked: The documentary mentions that the founding fathers were Christians, … [Read more...]

Monumental Question: Did Signers of the Declaration and Constitution Finance a Bible for Every American Family?

David Barton told Kirk Cameron they did for Cameron's new movie Monumental. Watch the video clip from the movie: For this post, I am interested in what Barton and Cameron say about the first Bible mentioned by Cameron and Barton dated 1798. Kirk Cameron: What are these? David Barton: This is a family Bible done in 1798. Barton: This Bible was funded by about a dozen signers of the Constitution and signers of the Declaration as well as by President John Adams and … [Read more...]

Kirk Cameron’s Search for National Treasure Leads to Christian Reconstruction

Let me begin this post by saying that I have not seen Kirk Cameron's upcoming movie Monumental, but I have seen the trailers. These clips are the basis for this post and the one on Saturday. On Saturday, I noted that Cameron recruited Herb Titus for his movie. Titus has become popular with Birthers who believe Obama is not a natural born citizen and therefore ineligible for the Presidency. Reading more, it appears that Dr. Titus is also of the Christian Reconstructionism persuasion. Here he … [Read more...]

Barton, Birther featured in Kirk Cameron’s new Monumental movie

Kirk Cameron has a new movie coming out called Monumental. It claims to search American history to find our natural treasure. Cameron interviews a variety of people, most of whom appear on the Christian nation wing of the church, to make his points. As RWW pointed out Friday, Cameron interviews David Barton about the Aitken Bible. Barton, as is typical, takes an interesting story and misleads his audience.   You can read Chris Rodda's more accurate rendering of the situation here. I … [Read more...]