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David Barton is a liar for jesus. I think of him as a professional liar.
Before we get into this huge story. You need to know the man!
”…an AmericanevangelicalChristian minister,conservativeactivist, and author. He founded WallBuilders, a Texas-based organization which advocates the view that U.S. constitutionalseparation of church and state is a myth. Barton is the former co-chair of the Republican Party of Texas.”
He has been making up quotes from the founding fathers for years. He does not stop there. He makes up stories about the constitution and how the USA was formed. (Jim Newman did a great post about him back in May.)
He has a new book – “The Jefferson Lies”. (Forward by Glenn Beck – ack) Like many christians he can’t stand Jefferson. There is no way to hide the fact that Jefferson was not a christian. The man rewrote the new testament with all of the magical stuff taken out.
NPR’s Barbara Bradley Hagerty has stepped up and bitch slapped Barton! ’All Things Considered’ talked about Barton and debunked several of his claims Check this out…..
David Barton is not a historian. But his version of American history is wildly popular with churches, schools and the GOP. With help from historians Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter, co-authors of Getting Jefferson Right, we fact-checked a few of Barton’s more common claims. Watch video examples of Barton’s messages and see how they compare with the Constitution, historical text and the Bible.
You can get a kindle version of Getting Jefferson Right at Amazon for just $5.
Listen to the show below. It is only 8 minutes but it is a thing of beauty.
Here is how it starts….
BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY, BYLINE: David Barton says Americans have been misled about their history and he aims to change that.
DAVID BARTON: It’s what I would call historical reclamation. We’re just trying to get history back to where it’s accurate. If you’re going to use history, get it right.
HAGERTY: Barton has collected 100,000 documents from before 1812. He says they prove that the Founding Fathers were deeply religious men who built America on Christian ideas. So, for example, you’ve been taught that the Constitution is a secular document. Not so, says David Barton. The Constitution is laced with Biblical quotations.
Here he is on Trinity Broadcasting Network.
BARTON: You look at Article 3, Section 1, the treason clause, direct quote out of the Bible. You look at Article 2, the quote on the president has to be a native born, that is Deuteronomy 17:15, verbatim.
HAGERTY: Uh, no. At least not in any Bible we could find. And the Constitution of 1787 has no mention of God or religion, except to prohibit a religious test for office.
So what about the idea that the Founders did not want government entangled with religion? Wrong again, says Barton.
BARTON: This bible was printed by the U.S. Congress in 1782…
HAGERTY: In this video tour of the U.S. Capitol, Barton claims that the federal government published the first Bible with the idea that it would be used in public schools.
BARTON: And we’re going to be told they don’t want any kind of religion in education, they don’t want voluntary prayer? No, it doesn’t make sense…
HAGERTY: But historians say Congress never published or paid a dime for this Bible. It only agreed to the publisher’s request to have its chaplains check it for accuracy.
Barton is not a historian. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education from Oral Roberts University, and runs a company called Wallbuilders in Aledo, Texas. But his vision of a religion-infused America is hugely popular and that makes him a power.
He was named one of Time magazine’s most influential evangelicals. He says he consults for the federal government and state school boards. Politicians seek out his endorsement, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who’s mentioned as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney. Newt Gingrich is a fan. So is Mike Huckabee, who expressed this hope at a conference last year.
Below are a few of the videos they talked about and the facts are shown below each video.
Lie #1 - Constitution Taken ‘Verbatim’ From Scripture
“..we could not find a single instance of the Constitution directly quoting the Bible. In Exodus 18:21, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, tells Moses to find judges to help him hear disputes brought by people. Elsewhere, Moses appoints judges, not lawmakers.”
Lie #2 - Most Founding Fathers Had Bible Or Seminary Degrees
“[Of the] 56 who signed the Declaration, 29 actually held seminary degrees … more than half of them held Bible school degrees,” Barton says. To clarify, in the early days of the nation, a “seminary” degree meant a college or university degree, or had some formal schooling. It did not mean a Bible school degree. Only one of the signers, John Witherspoon, had a divinity degree and was trained as a minister.
Lie #3 - Congress Funded Religion And Printed The Bible
Showing a Bible in this video, Barton says, “This is a copy of what the first Bible printed in English in America looked like. This Bible was printed by the U.S. Congress in 1782.” Historians say this Bible was actually published by Philadelphia printer Robert Aitken. Congress neither published it nor paid for it to be published. At Aitken’s request, Congress did agree to have its chaplains check the Bible for accuracy. Congress did not recommend that the Bible be used in public schools; that quote was written by Aitken in a letter to Congress.
Lie #4 - Law Meant To Eliminate Homosexuals
Barton’s take: “The Bible says the law is made to regulate sexual immorality, whether it’s homosexual or whatever. … The Supreme Court said, ‘Oh, all those laws have to go away because we disagree with them.’ I don’t care what the Supreme Court says. God has made it clear what is right or wrong in his scripture.” This video is an example of Barton’s view that the Supreme Court has thwarted the biblical ideals on which, he says, the Constitution is based. He also believes the court misinterpreted Jefferson’s “wall of separation” between church and state in 1947, and that the founders intended the wall to protect religion from government, not curb religious expression. He has stated that since the Supreme Court removed prayer and Bibles from public schools in 1962 and 1963, America has been in steep decline: SAT scores have dropped, and teen pregnancy, the divorce rate and violent crime has skyrocketed. But he fails to make the distinction between correlation and causation.
Lie #4 - America ‘Was And Is’ A Christian Nation
“….by “Christian nation,” he does not mean a theocracy or state in which Christians have more rights. Rather, he means a nation built on Christian ideas. However, he implies in this and many other videos that the Constitution incorporates the Declaration of Independence, and thus, the Constitution is based on biblical principles. On the contrary, say historians, the founders wrote an explicitly secular document. The only mention of religion in the Constitution as written in 1787 is exclusionary: Article VI says there shall be “no religious test” for office. (The First Amendment does mention religion.)”
Barton does not limit his lies to the founding of America….
- The Southern Poverty Law Center called him a “domestic terrorist.” Nope.
- There are no grocery stores within the city of Detroit. Wrong.
- An elementary school student was yelled at for praying before lunch. Didn’t happen.
- Mentions of Jesus were banned at military funerals. Not quite.
- Hate Crimes legislation was designed to imprison pastors. Please.
- Abstinence will make you richer. Guess again.
- God created our system of elected government. Nice try.
The Thomas Nelson publishing company has decided to cease publication and distribution of David Barton’s controversial book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson, saying it has “lost confidence in the book’s details.”
Casey Francis Harrell, Thomas Nelson’s director of corporate communications, told me the publishing house “was contacted by a number of people expressing concerns about [The Jefferson Lies].” The company began to evaluate the criticisms, Harrell said, and “in the course of our review learned that there were some historical details included in the book that were not adequately supported. Because of these deficiencies we decided that it was in the best interest of our readers to stop the publication and distribution.”
Damn! David is gonna be pissed!
It is about time this Liar is exposed and safely removed from the public discourse.