The level of depravity revealed by this statement from David Barton yesterday is hard to fathom:
“I tell you what, Richard gave a two-word axiom that we ought to emblazon on everything we have: liberalism kills.
Liberalism kills, whether it’s in the family; whether it’s in a university; whether it’s in education; whether it’s in business; whether it’s in government, and especially in denominations, liberalism kills.
That’s a great axiom to remember, is liberalism kills.”
Barton, the religious right’s favorite pseudo-historian and propagandist, was speaking on his WallBuilders Live radio program following an interview with Southern Baptist leader Richard Lane. From Dallas Morning News writer Wayne Slater:
Land was targeting liberal Christian ideas that he says are driving away church members – raising taxes on the rich, providing universal health care, expanding programs that help the poor.
There you have it: in the fevered minds of religious extremists like Barton and Land, asking wealthy Americans to pay more in taxes, ensuring that everyone has access to affordable health care and providing government help for the poor is essentially the same thing as murder.… Read More
Having his distorted book on Thomas Jefferson pulled off the shelves by a prominent evangelical publisher doesn’t seem to be slowing down David Barton’s efforts to rewrite history. Now he’s promoting an essay in which he calls the idea that the Bill of Rights was intended to protect the rights of the minority “ridiculous”:
Sadly, in recent years some federal courts have also declared that “The purpose of the Bill of Rights is to protect the minority from the majority,” yet this is ridiculous. No individual is to lose his or her right to free speech, self-defense, the rights of religious conscience, or any other right simply because he or she happens to be in the majority rather than a minority. To the contrary, the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights were all based on the philosophy that government is to protect the God-given rights of every individual, whether they are in the majority or the minority, from the encroachments of government.
Ironically, in writing about issues like gay rights and abortion in the same essay, Barton offers a pretty good example of “encroachments of government.” He criticizes “morally aberrant groups proclaiming… Read More
It will be interesting to see what, if anything, religious right leaders have to say about Republican senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri this morning. That includes David Barton, who a few weeks ago issued a strong endorsement of Akin.
If you had never heard of Akin before this weekend, you probably have now. In a tight battle with incumbent Claire McCaskill, Akin’s bizarre remarks about rape call to mind failed 1990 Texas gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams. In an interview, Akin said this when asked about abortion in cases of rape:
First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
Needless to say, Akin’s comments are outrageous and out of the mainstream. Even the religious right, which has supported Akin, has gone silent. But it was the weekend, so we’ll give them a pass. It’s now Monday, though, and we’ll be watching with bated breath to see what they have to say.
In particular, we’re curious to see what Barton has to say. Earlier this month, with the Missouri Republican primary… Read More
David Barton’s sidekick Rick Green has introduced his readership to a law of online discourse: Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies.
After evangelical publisher Thomas Nelson hit the ‘unpublish’ button last week on Barton’s latest book, The Jefferson Lies, Green took to his blog to defend his WallBuilder’s Live co-host. Green goes after the “leftwing bloggers, elitist professors, and downright jealous peers” who he says forced Thomas Nelson’s hand. He does not, however, go after the evangelical pastors who boycotted the book, nor does he go after the conservative Christian scholars who ripped the book’s inaccuracies. Jay W. Richards of the creationist Dicovery Institute? Not a peep about him either. And the folks with the final word on pulling the book, Thomas Nelson, basically get a free pass from Green.
But the rest of you — you leftists, elitist professors and jealous peers — you’re a bunch of Adolf Hitlers and Saul Alinskys.
Question: What do elitist professors have in common with Adolf Hitler & Saul Alinsky?
Answer: They masterfully use the powerful art of innuendo to falsely defame those with which they disagree.
Definition of Innuendo: A derogatory hint or reference to a person or thing.
The internet… Read More