David Barton doesn’t pretend to be just a historian. He also appears to see himself as qualified to judge who is a real Christian and who isn’t. See here, for example. Our friends at Right Wing Watch heard him do it again Wednesday on his WallBuilders Live! radio program.

Lamenting the fact that polls show many young Christians don’t think homosexuality and abortion are sins and that some have had abortions or are LGBT themselves, Barton insisted that they — those young folks — can’t really be Christians:

“Whoa. There is nothing in the Bible — nothing — that aligns with this. How can you be a Christian and a follower of Jesus Christ when you don’t follow his teachings on these things?”

Here’s a fuller audio clip provided by Right Wing Watch:

Thus saith Lord David.… Read More

How do lower- and working-class Americans get duped into supporting right-wing public policies that do them economic harm? They listen to phony “experts” like David Barton — a former Texas Republican Party vice chairman and the head of the religious-right organization WallBuilders.

Barton pretends to be a respected scholar of American history, but his grasp of facts is about as pitifully weak as his fealty to telling the truth. Consider, for example, Barton’s speech at a Texas Eagle Forum event during the Texas Republican Party convention in Fort Worth last month. Texas Eagle Forum’s July newsletter includes excerpts from that speech, including Barton’s suggestion that poor Americans really aren’t poor:

“Those deemed below the poverty level in the U.S. have a telephone, TV, car, eat more red meat and live in more square footage than the middle class of Europe. The poverty level for the U.S. is $40,000 annually, while in the rest of the world, it is below $456. That is why people want to come to America and live in poverty!”

Of course, people don’t come to America to live in poverty. Barton’s claim is a dog whistle for those on the right who argue that immigrants come to the United States… Read More

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That landmark legislation bars discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Its enactment came after decades of struggle by civil rights advocates in the face of virulent opposition — opposition that often resorted to brutality and even murder.

President Johnson didn’t sweep away bigotry and discrimination with the simple stroke of his pen on July 2, 1964. But his signature marked a key moment when the United States truly began to fulfill the promise of equality for all under the law.

Right-wing politicians and activists have spent decades trying to rewrite the history of the struggle for civil and equal rights in this country. One of those political activists — as we explain here and here — has been David Barton, the right’s favorite phony historian and head of Texas-based WallBuilders, which argues that separation of church and state is a myth. Barton has argued that conservatives — Republicans, in particular — were the real champions of civil rights.

It is absolutely true that white southern Democratic senators successfully led efforts to kill civil rights legislation for decades. But Barton ignores the… Read More

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… Read More

Just when you think David Barton‘s ideas can’t get any more archaic and offensive, he can surprise you. Today the religious right’s favorite phony historian and the head of Texas-based WallBuilders told listeners on his radio program that our nation’s founders didn’t allow women to vote because limiting the vote just to men protected the family.

In his response to a listener’s question about why women originally couldn’t vote in this country, the former Texas Republican Party vice chair explained that men — as “head of the family” — represented their family when voting. He went on to suggest that allowing women to vote has simply contributed to “family anarchy.” Our friends at Right Wing Watch transcribed Barton’s remarks:

And you have to remember back then, husband and wife, I mean the two were considered one. That is the biblical precept. That is the way they looked at them in the civil community. That is a family that is voting and so the head of the family is traditionally considered to be the husband and even biblically still continues to be so …

Now, as we’ve moved away from the family unit – you need to be independent from the family, don’t… Read More