David Lane, perhaps the most powerful Christian right kingmaker operating today, has a profoundly ignorant essay on Thanksgiving that does what wingnuts always do — conflates the people who founded the first British colonies with the founding of the United States.
Category Archive: Christian Nation
Dec 05 2013
Nov 16 2013
Here’s an amusing blog post by Bryan Fischer arguing that Christmas is actually in the Constitution. I’m sure you missed it, as did most of us. It’s in there, he argues, because of the entirely perfunctory and irrelevant dating of the document “in the year of our Lord,” which was the norm on all official …
Nov 08 2013
No, not Ken Cuccinelli. I’ve written before about Al Bedrosian, a Republican candidate for the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. He’s a genuine theocrat, claiming that the First Amendment applies only to Christians and to no one else. He won his election — and by a landslide. To refresh your memory about his views:
Nov 02 2013
Now that an appeals court has overturned his conviction for corruption, former House Speaker Tom DeLay has been on a whirlwind comeback tour, making the rounds of conservative shows and other outlets. During a service last week, John Hagee did an interview with DeLay in which he made this ridiculous claim:
Oct 31 2013
The Family Research Council is absolutely furious that the Air Force Academy would make the phrase “so help me God” optional in the oath cadets have to take. Ken Blackwell is making a ridiculous argument that includes passing on a fake story about George Washington that was debunked long ago.
Oct 02 2013
The Family Research Council is holding its annual Values Voters Summit in a couple weeks and when people sign up to attend the event they are sent an email from Tony Perkins. But as my friend Rob Boston of Americans United for Separation of Church and State points out, most of that email consists of …
Sep 30 2013
I’d never heard of Joseph Zabrosky, who grew up in Brighton, Michigan and now lives in nearby Howell, until I saw this article in a local paper. He’s apparently made a film called The Real One Nation Under God, which “uses a fictional storyline to make his argument that the Founding Fathers’ intentions and case …
Sep 19 2013
After David Barton’s book The Jefferson Lies was pulled from the shelves by its publisher, Thomas Nelson, because it was full of false claims and distortions, he got Glenn Beck to publish it and now the Worldnetdaily is pushing it on their website — and predictably telling lies about why it was pulled.
Sep 11 2013
Politico, which Charles Pierce hilariously and accurately calls “Tiger Beat on the Potomac,” has a fawning article about David Barton and his vast influence among social conservatives. The problem starts with the headline itself: “Evangelical historian remains key ally of right.” Barton is not a historian. In fact, among historians he is considered pretty much …
Sep 09 2013
Uh oh. David Barton better have his head on a swivel because someone is looking to take over his territory — and it’s Rush Limbaugh. Rush has a new book coming out called — seriously, get this — Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. And it’s a children’s book. And he got the idea when …
Sep 08 2013
On the 4th of July, Hobby Lobby took out ads in newspapers around the country with the usual laundry list of “quotes” from various founding fathers to prove that America was a Christian nation. The Freedom From Religion Foundation now has an interactive reply to that, looking at each quote and what it actually means …
Jul 31 2013
The latest column from Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel accuses “lying secularists” of distorting the truth about separation of church and state. I’m sure it will come as no surprise that he’s pretty much completely wrong on all of his claims and arguments.
Jul 26 2013
One year ago, publisher Thomas Nelson pulled David Barton’s aptly titled book The Jefferson Lies for being wildly inaccurate. But Barton wants you to know it was only a few bad apples complaining about it. On Steve Deace’s radio show he said:
Jul 26 2013
One of the little rhetorical tricks that the Christian nation apologists love to use is to point to the Puritans who settled the Plymouth Bay Colony and pretend that they founded the United States. But they didn’t. They created a brutal theocratic British colony that was repudiated by the Constitution. Warren Throckmorton tuned in to …