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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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 pal David Barton, to take little snippets out of context and distort them. To wit:
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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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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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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 and Barton have an exchange over Barton’s many distortions about Thomas Jefferson.
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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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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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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 the whole thing and not allow any unattended displays of any kind. And I laud him and them for that. But I wish they cared more about accuracy, which ought to matter to atheists and skeptics more than to our opponents.
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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 following:
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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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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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