We have pointed out numerous times that the religious right is, fundamentally, a political movement that uses faith as a weapon to divide and conquer. That’s why you see religious-right groups like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association line up behind Republican politicians on issues ranging from taxes to business and environmental regulation. Another example: guns.

On Wednesday, David Barton will host Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America on his WallBuilders Live radio program. According to its website, the goals of Barton’s Texas-based WallBuilders organization are:

“(1) educating the nation concerning the Godly foundation of our country; (2) providing information to federal, state, and local officials as they develop public policies which reflect Biblical values; and (3) encouraging Christians to be involved in the civic arena.”

What in the world would the debate over gun control have to do with any of that?

Pratt is a former Virginia lawmaker who has founded a number of right-wing organizations. His views on guns are so extreme that, as the Southern Poverty Law Center points out, Pratt has been described as “eight lanes to the right” of the National Rifle Association and… Read More

David Barton must be getting some heat after comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin in a Twitter post yesterday. In fact, he made the same comparison in a post on his David Barton/WallBuilders Facebook page:

“The men who support your right to bear arms: Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Hamilton- Those who do not: Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Obama”

Barton (or one of his staffers) followed up later with a Facebook post claiming that he had “simply been passing on information”:

“The post earlier about leaders who support and oppose the right to bear arms was supposed to include a picture; it is now attached. We were simply passing on information someone had shared with us; this was not a quote from David. Sorry for any confusion!”

Oh, we see. Barton wasn’t saying the president of the United States is just like some of history’s worse criminals and mass murderers. No, the former vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party and self-proclaimed “historian” was just repeating what someone else said. Well, golly, that changes everything, doesn’t it? And they helpfully include an image that broadens the comparison… Read More

David Barton — the far right’s favorite phony “historian,” a former Texas Republican Party vice chairman, and the head of the right-wing Texas-based group WallBuilders — is so classless and has such contempt for American voters that he’s comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Fidel Castro.

“The men who support your right to bear arms: Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton- Those who do not: Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Obama”

Now let’s put aside the lie about Hitler and gun control, which the pro-guns crowd continues to promote shamelessly despite the fact that it’s been thoroughly debunked (such as here). Instead, take a moment to consider Barton’s outrageous and reprehensible comparison. On the one hand is a president who thinks sensible regulations to keep firearms out the hands of crazy people are compatible with the Second Amendment. On the other are some of history’s worst criminals and mass murderers. After all, universal background checks for gun purchases and barring the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines that have been used to slaughter scores of people in schools and theaters are just like sending millions of… Read More

It appears that David Barton is continuing his trek through the gutters of hate into 2013. On his New Year’s Day radio program, the Texas right-winger compared liberals to Nazis and preached that “intolerance” and “hatred” of both are good things. From our friends at Right Wing Watch:

“So we’ve got to get to the point where tolerance is seen as a sin because we’re tolerating a lot stuff that destroys our families, that destroys our own character and we can’t tolerate that stuff.  We have to get back to the point where hate is a virtue, at least certain kinds of hate.  The fear of the Lord is to hate evil and we need to have a hatred of things and get off this fence of having no passion about anything.  You know, ‘I tolerate anything, I’m not going to have a passion good or bad, I’m not going to hate anything’ … We just can’t do that and we’ve got to get back to that same type of intolerance, that we’re going to be intolerant of liberalism.”

Right Wing Watch has more from Barton’s contemptible rant here.… Read More

Looks like David Barton enjoys trolling at least one website filled with right-wing hysteria about FEMA concentration camps, President Obama’s complicity in the murder of a U.S. ambassador and an America on the verge of a new civil war. And check out this Twitter post from the religious right’s favorite phony historian and pseudo-constitutional scholar:

“A novel approach to the gun ownership”

That quote is the headline to a blog post on a website for so-called “militia” groups, Well Regulated American Militias (WRAM). The post, which Barton links to, notes how a Vermont lawmaker insists that, the way he reads the Second Amendment, the U.S. Constitution actually requires all Americans to own firearms. So the lawmaker, state Rep. Fred Maslack, has filed a bill to enforce that “requirement”:

Under the bill, adults who choose not to own a firearm would be required to register their name, address, Social Security Number, and driver’s license number with the state. “There is a legitimate government interest in knowing who is not prepared to defend the state should they be asked to do so,” Maslack says.

Folks who choose not to own a firearm would be… Read More