FRC Tells Fake George Washington Story

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.
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FRC Uses Fake Quote to Promote Values Voters Summit

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 this pretty famous fake quote from James Madison:
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Michigan Filmmaker Pushes Christian Nation Nonsense

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 law solidify Christianity as the country’s established religion.” And he makes predictably bad arguments in the article:
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WND Lies About Barton’s Jefferson Lies

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.
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Beck Website Promotes Ron Paul Curriculum

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze website has an article about the Ron Paul Curriculum, which promises to teach homeschooling parents and students “get an education in liberty like no other.” Given that the curriculum is being developed by Gary North, the nation’s leading Christian Reconstructionist, you can be sure that “liberty” is being defined in an Orwellian manner.
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Politico Fawns Over Barton

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 a complete fraud. To call him a historian is to give him credibility he not only has not earned but which is entirely contrary to reality.
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Watch Your Back, David Barton

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 his wife apparently tried to burn their house down. Explaining why he’s refused to write a new book until now, he said:
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FFRF Takes on Hobby Lobby

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 in context.
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No, the Puritans Did Not Found the Country

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 that class on the Constitution that they wanted to teach at a school in Ohio and found them doing exactly that.
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David Lane, the New Ralph Reed

For a long time, Ralph Reed has been the primary power broker of the Christian right, but as Right Wing Watch notes, his kingmaker throne may have been taken today by David Lane. It was Lane who orchestrated Mike Huckabee’s shocking win in Iowa in 2008 and prospective 2016 Republican candidates are now flocking to him.
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Now We Know Where Ted Cruz Gets It

Ted Cruz is quickly distinguishing himself as one of the most far-right members of the Senate and the more his father speaks in public, the more obvious it is to see where he gets it from. At a recent religious right rally, he said that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were divinely inspired.
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The Bible, the American Revolution and the Constitution

The Christian Post has an article about a new book by Vanderbilt University divinity professor James Byrd called Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution. In it, he correctly argues that Biblical arguments were commonly used to persuade the colonists to support the revolutionary war:
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The FFRF’s ‘Godless Constitution’ Ad

The Freedom From Religion Foundation ran a full page ad in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Arizona Republic, Seattle Times, Albuquerque Journal, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Columbus Dispatch and many other papers over the 4th of July holiday celebrating our Godless constitution. Here’s the ad in full:
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