How Many Groups Does David Barton Speak To?

Warren Throckmorton has long been trying to figure out how David Barton claims to speak to more than 400 groups a year (sometimes more than 600). Seems logistically impossible. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear that he does this by being dishonest. He found a document from one of Barton’s lawsuits that spelled out all his “appearances” before “groups.”
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Bill Federer: Robin to David Barton’s Batman

The Worldnetdaily recently started featuring a column by Bill Federer, another fake historian in the David Barton mold. Like Barton, he has no training in history. And like Barton, he likes to lie a lot. His latest column, claiming that Thomas Jefferson was a Christian, is a perfect example. The dishonesty is done mostly through out of context quotes.
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David Barton Wants to Sue Me

For the fourth time, the Worldnetdaily has mentioned me in an article (not counting once when Joseph Farah quoted me but didn’t use my name). It’s the least they could do for all the attention I bring them. This time it’s an article about David Barton winning a $1 million settlement in a defamation suit. And he sounds like he wants to sue me and several others as well.
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Gregg Frazer Eviscerates David Barton

Gregg Frazer is a Christian historian that I have a lot of respect for. Unlike so many, he is intellectually honest in his work on the Founding Fathers and religion. And while I have my disagreements with him on the scope and nature of the religion clauses of the First Amendment, I agree with him in his assessment of the utter dishonesty of David Barton. Warren Throckmorton has, with Frazer’s permission, published a long review of Barton’s America’s Deadly Heritage.
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Shocker: David Barton Caught Lying. Again.

Yeah, I know, David Barton being caught lying is very much a “water is wet” story, but it’s still worth documenting just how brazenly he lies and how secure he feels in doing so because he knows that his ignorant and deluded followers will neither catch him at or care if they did. Here’s the latest lie from a talk he gave at a church:
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Rafael Cruz Repeats David Barton Lie

Rafeal Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz, gives a lot of speeches that are little more than recitations of right wing myths and he borrows from David Barton a lot. But while speaking at John Hagee’s church, he repeated one of Barton’s most ridiculous lies, that the Supreme Court removed mandatory Bible reading from schools because it could cause “brain damage.”
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Oh Look, More Lies From David Barton

I know this will be a terrible shock to my readers, but David Barton is lying again. A lot. After a caller to his radio show told what is almost certainly a false story about a TV show that supposedly said that Thomas Jefferson “hated Christianity and considered it a dangerous religion” and that it caused the inquisition, Barton claimed that the Christianity that caused the inquisition was totally different. But first, let’s see what Jefferson actually said on the subject:
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I Wish Atheists Would Stop Emulating David Barton

In the thread on Rep. Sam Johnson’s post about his bill to force military officers to swear on oath to God, I encountered the same kind of historical distortions I criticize so strongly when David Barton does it. But they came from an atheist claiming that some of the founders were atheists. His comment:
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Sen. David Barton? Yikes

Warren Throckmorton is blogging at Patheos now, which is pretty cool for them. He notes that an effort is now being undertaken to draft David Barton to run for the Senate against Sen. John Cornyn in Texas. There’s a Facebook group with hundreds of members trying to get Barton to run. Remember, John Cornyn was rated as the 2nd most conservative member of the Senate in 2012. And even he isn’t far right enough for these people.