David Barton Still Lying about San Antonio's Nondiscrimination Ordinance

by Dan Quinn

David Barton, the religious right’s favorite phony historian, seems to have a serious problem with telling the truth. As we reported in April, Barton shamelessly misled hundreds of pastors gathered for a Texas Renewal Project event in Austin that  month. Barton told pastors at that right-wing event that San Antonio’s new Nondiscrimination Ordinance made it against the law to criticize homosexuality or same-sex marriage and even barred people from running for City Council if they expressed such views.

In fact, none of that is true. But Barton has apparently decided to keep repeating the same lies before other audiences. Our friends at Right Wing Watch are noting one recent example in which Barton was speaking on AmericaStands2014.com, a right-wing website focused on this year’s elections. The website appears to be run by Eagle Mountain International Church, a North Texas church and extension of Kenneth Copeland Ministries.

Speaking in a video program on the website, Barton went after the San Antonio ordinance once again. “That City Council voted, by a margin of 8-3, to criminalize Christian beliefs and behavior,” Barton insists. But that’s simply not true.

In the video Barton repeats many of the same lies he told at the Texas Renewal Project in April, including the falsehood that criticizing homosexuality or same-sex marriage now disqualifies a person from serving on the San Antonio City Council. The city’s new Nondiscrimination Ordinance does no such thing. Right Wing Watch has a short video clip of Barton’s remarks on the program: