David Barton claims Christians are under attack in America, but he doesn’t seem to have a problem with fellow extremists who promote religious bigotry. A Twitter post from Barton pointed us today to a Washington Times column from Matt Barber of the right-wing, virulently anti-gay group Liberty Counsel. Liberty Counsel is based in Florida but also has offices in Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C. In a column that drips with bigotry and hatred, Barber argues that Christians must vote for Mitt Romney in the November presidential election:
“President Obama is a wolf. Though he purports to be Christian, his policies are decidedly un-Christian. This man eagerly advances a culture of death. He is the most radically pro-abortion president in American history. He has dutifully signed off on – and implemented at each opportunity – every extremist demand of the radical pro-abortion and homosexual activist lobbies…. Scripture says that Christians are known by their fruit. Mr. Obama’s fruit is rotten to the core. He talks like a Christian while his actions scream secular-socialist. I intend to work with every fiber of my being to see that Mr. Obama is not re-elected. To the extent this benefits Mr. Romney, so be it.”
Barber continues by quoting a radical former member of the Texas State Board of Education:
“My friend and colleague Cynthia Dunbar, a law professor at Liberty University School of Law, recently wrote: ‘In this election year, we find ourselves with only three realistic courses of action: 1) Don’t vote; 2) vote for Obama; or 3) vote for Romney.’
It’s simple: A Christian nonvote is a vote for Mr. Obama in that it fails to affirmatively cancel out an Obama vote. Furthermore, any Christian who votes for Mr. Obama will get to take that up with God.
This leaves us with our third and final choice: Christians must vote for Mitt Romney. A second Obama term is simply unacceptable. We won’t survive it.”
Barber’s vile screed is a classic example of the religious right at its hate-filled core. But it clearly appeals to Barton, a former vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party who has been a master at using religion as a political weapon to divide Americans. Indeed, Barber and Barton see no problem questioning the religious faith of anyone who doesn’t share their divisive and extremist political views.
American Christians have diverse political views and include independents as well as supporters of all political parties. They should reject the religious bigotry of extremists like Barton and Barber.