Tea Party wants David Barton to run for Senate.

The Tea Party in Texas has found their new political hero: sham historian David Barton.  I’ll bet they even get him a training montage and everything.

Texas tea party activists eager to send another firebrand in the mold of Ted Cruz to the Senate have launched a movement to draft evangelical historian David Barton to run against Sen. John Cornyn.

Barton, who hosts a daily radio broadcast, has wide name recognition and respect on the religious right as a Constitutional scholar dedicated to restoring the America the Founding Fathers envisioned, though his scholarship on that point has been widely discredited in the world of academia.

Therein lies the difference between most atheists and most die-hard Christians.  To us, that last part is a credibility and political death sentence.  To those who attend church at least once/week and claim their faith is the most important thing in their lives, they tend to look upon the failure to produce credible scholarship as affirmation of a person’s competence, so long as that person’s bad academics would confirm what they already believe if, you know, it were actually credible.  Make no mistake: these people are all about the TRUTH (in all caps, in their emails, on their websites, etc.) – and they’ll be damned if the consensus of experts and academics are going to lead them away from the TRUTH (read: whatever they already believe).

Oh Tea Party…you’re so done on the national level.


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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.