Category Archive: Religion and the Founding Fathers

May 22 2014

Beck Can’t Even Keep His Lies Straight

Glenn Beck did his best David Barton impersonation once again on his radio show, declaring that “thirty percent of everything in our founding documents comes from one book, the Book of Deuteronomy.” He can’t even keep the lies straight in his head anymore.

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Sep 08 2013

FFRF Takes on Hobby Lobby

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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 …

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Sep 04 2013

Jefferson, the Bible and Education

Chuck Norris, who is on the advisory board of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, has been writing a series of columns on Thomas Jefferson, the Bible and education. Because he can’t find anything that Jefferson ever said about the Bible being a part of public education, he is forced, like his …

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Jul 19 2013

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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Jul 17 2013

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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Mar 19 2013

Jefferson Influenced by Persian King

BBC News has an interesting article with information that, with all the study I’ve done of Thomas Jefferson, I had never come across before. One of the influences on him when it came to religious and political liberty was Cyrus, the Persian king who conquered Babylonia in the sixth century BC.

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Feb 22 2013

Frazer vs. Barton on Jefferson

I have for many years regarded Gregg Frazer, a historian from The Master’s College, as one of the finest scholars on the subject of religion and the Founding Fathers (he is the one who coined the phrase “theistic rationalist” to describe the views of the key founders, which I use often). In World Magazine, he …

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Jan 15 2013

Bradlee Dean Repeats Barton’s Jefferson Lies

Bradlee Dean’s latest bundle of stupid is entitled “Enemy of God = Enemy of America” and it’s all the usual lies and distortions, this time about Thomas Jefferson. Dean repeats many of David Barton’s false and long-discredited lies about Jefferson. Let’s take them one at a time.

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Jan 14 2013

Barton Reuses His Own Fake Quote

Many years ago, after being lambasted for passing on numerous fake quotes from the founding fathers, David Barton put out a document on his website admitting that many of the quotes he used in his first book were “unconfirmed.” One of those quotes was this one from Thomas Jefferson:

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Dec 30 2012

More Fake Quotes in Santa Monica Atheist Displays

You probably know by now that Damon Vix and his group Atheists United managed to get a nativity scene out of a public park in Santa Monica by forcing the city first to open up the park as a public forum and then, by putting up lots of non-religious displays, prompt them to shut down …

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Dec 12 2012

Those Common Fake Founding Father Quotes

The Wall Street Journal has an article about those seemingly ubiquitous fake quotes from the founding fathers, especially Thomas Jefferson. I bet you’ve seen this one: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Nope, he never said that.

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Oct 17 2012

Jefferson, Paine and Jesus

I had an interesting exchange on my friend Justin Scheiber’s Facebook page with a Christian apologist named John Barron, who has apparently argued with Justin in the past. The exchange was about Dinesh D’Souza. Barron thinks that D’Souza is largely correct in his conclusions but not very good at presenting them and I said the …

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Sep 17 2012

More Fake Founding Fathers Quotes From Secularists

It is with great irritation that I call your attention to yet another article full of fake quotes from the founding fathers — not by David Barton and his ilk, but by someone on “our side.” Yes, I know this is a year old. I don’t care. This crap has to stop.

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Sep 11 2012

Former Fan Hammers Wallbuilders Supporters

Bart Gingerich writes an interesting, if too brief, article at the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s blog about David Barton and Wallbuilders. Gingerich was homeschooled and got his history degree from Patrick Henry College, which he entered as a big fan of Barton’s work. He is now a staunch critic:

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Sep 04 2012

Even the Reconstructionists Reject Barton’s Lies

Things are getting bad enough for David Barton that even the Christian Reconstructionists are blasting his distortions of history. Joel McDurmon of American Vision, who does believe in “restoring America’s Biblical foundation,” takes Barton to task for several blatant errors.

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