In the latest step cementing (sanctifying?) his relationship with Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, pseudo-religious scholar/phony historian David Barton has declared in prayer that Beck’s August 28 "Restore Honor Rally" at the Lincoln Memorial in our nation's capital is divinely inspired. (Civil rights leaders don't see it that way -- they are particularly upset that the rally is set for the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the same site.) Last week Beck initiated a daily "Glenn Beck Morning Prayer" on his website. Barton, head of the Texas-based far-right organization WallBuilders, offered up the first prayer on August 16, devoting much of it to an assertion that the Beck rally is God-inspired, saying in part: “We acknowledge this (rally) to be a time given by you, at an event called by you, conceived in your mind and your heart, Father -- and executed here.” Well, gosh. How can people not attend if God (through apostle Glenn Beck, of course) called them to the rally? And you might recall that Barton has declared Beck to be a better Christian than evil Democrats like Bill Clinton and Nancy Pelosi. Good ol' St. Beck. The arrogance is astonishing, isn't it? Read More
When it comes to examples of extremists using faith as a political weapon to divide Americans, one can hardly beat David Barton. The right-wing phony historian who calls separation of church and state a “myth” decided this week to explain why fundamentalist Christians shouldn’t be upset that he has been collaborating with his Fox News buddy Glenn Beck. Beck is a Mormon, and many fundamentalists don’t consider Mormons to be Christians. (Some just bluntly call it a cult.) Barton, however, says Beck is a better Christian than those evil Democrats:
“Christians concerned about Glenn’s faith should judge the tree by its fruits, not its labels. After all, Nancy Pelosi and Bill Clinton openly call themselves Christians, as do Evangelical Christian ministers such as Jim Wallis and Joel Hunter. Although these individuals have the right labels, they have the wrong fruits; yet many Christians have a more visceral reaction to Glenn than to Pelosi, Clinton, or Wallis. This is wrong; it is not Biblical.”
Does Barton ever stop to think, just for a minute, how arrogant and insulting it is to judge the faith of other people? Has he… Read More
Well, we can no longer accuse wannabe historian David Barton of never holding an actual teaching position at a university. He can now add “professor at Glenn Beck University” to his vita.
A fake university and a fake historian — a match made in heaven.
Barton’s latest collaboration with his new BFF Glenn Beck of Fox News is typical Barton propaganda. Barton is serving as the instructor of an online class called Faith 101, which launched this week on Beck’s “Inside Extreme” website. This and two other courses, Hope 101 and Charity 101, are part of what Beck calls “Beck University” — a title Beck admits he chose to annoy people who don’t agree with the Beckian brand of frequently false, deliberately divisive and always outrageous assertions about issues and people in the news. Subscribers pay $9.95 a month, and more classes are promised when the current weekly series ends on September 1.
Barton’s first lecture was full of the ideological hyperbole and specious factual claims that TFN Insider readers have become accustom to hearing from Barton, including this gem:
That means the Declaration of Independence is nothing more than a listing of all the sermons that folks had been… Read More
Political fire-breathing was center stage at "The Oil Palace" on Saturday in Tyler, the only Texas stop on FOX News show host Glenn Beck's traveling road show, his "Take America Back" tour. The event showed once again how religious-right rhetoric increasingly dominates the so-called "tea party movement." Beck and various Texas politicians provided plenty of that rhetoric. Read More
Chris Rodda (Liars For Jesus: The Religious Right’s Alternate Version of American History) has a piece up on Huffington Post about the growing ties between David Barton and wacky FOX News host Glenn Beck. Barton, whom far-right members of the Texas State Board of Education last year put on a key panel helping revise social studies curriculum standards, recently spoke at one of Beck’s American Revival events in Florida. Money quote:
“For those unfamiliar with Barton, he is the most popular of all the Christian nationalist history revisionists and a former vice-chair of the Texas Republican Party who was used by the GOP in recent elections to travel the country stumping for their ‘family values’ candidates. He is very well connected with the far-right members of Congress. In 2005 Time Magazine named him one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America. But outside evangelical Christian circles and those of us who fight the religious right, few people are aware of who he is or just how dangerous he is. That, however, is now changing. Because of his role in the Texas textbook lunacy, and now, even more, because of… Read More