As Right Wing Watch points out, the casual lies of David Barton are often magnified by others, who take some smaller falsehood told by him and turn it into an even bigger falsehood. The deranged Jerry Boykin does exactly that in this video, claiming that “the Bible is referenced four times more than any other …
Category Archive: Religion and the Founding Fathers
Aug 17 2012
Aug 02 2012
Back in 1980, I attended one of the original America for Jesus rallies, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I was 13 at the time, so I wasn’t yet capable of recognizing the lies I was being fed. This year they’re holding the same event again and they’re making those lies plain for all to see on the …
Jul 17 2012
David Barton is responding to some of the critics of his new and aptly-named book The Jefferson Lies and, true to form, his response is little more than a laundry list of logical fallacies with almost no substantive argument whatsoever. His most common form of argument is what I often call the argumentum ad labelum, …
Jun 22 2012
David Barton’s long list of Christian Nation lies seems to be getting even more brazen. As Right Wing Watch reports, it is now a standard part of his presentations that many of the provisions in the Constitution are “literal, direct quotations out of the Bible.” In this video, he makes very specific claims about the …
Jun 20 2012
Kerry Walters, a professor of philosophy at Gettysburg College and author of several books on the Founding Fathers and religion, takes the religious right to task for their false claim that America was founded as a Christian nation. that’s a good thing, of course, but unfortunately he gets some of the details wrong himself.
Jun 14 2012
You can always rely on Joseph Farah to take the most ridiculous and bigoted positions possible in any situation. In a recent column, he explained why we atheists can never be “real Americans.” The reason, I’m sure you will not be surprised to hear, is because the founding fathers were all Christians.
Apr 26 2012
Glenn Beck had David Barton on his show last week and Beck declared that “if we save the country, when we save the country, a lot of the credit in the afterlife is going to go to you.” Barton says God has put all those historical documents that he lies about in his hands.
Apr 20 2012
Alan Pell Crawford, author of the book Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson, writes a review of David Barton’s appropriately titled book The Jefferson Lies in the Wall Street Journal. Beyond the obvious falsehoods, he nails Barton’s use of what I call the “golly gee whiz” form of history, where all the …
Mar 29 2012
Warren Throckmorton, who’s been doing excellent work debunking David Barton over the last few months, catches him in a whole new lie — ironically, just as Barton publishes a book called The Jefferson Lies, which our own Chris Rodda is working on now as well. He gives this transcript of a conversation between Barton and …
Feb 24 2012
This image is making the rounds on Facebook, purporting to be a bunch of pictures of atheists and with the caption, “He’s with them right now, Farewell, Mr. Hitchens.” But it’s historical revisionism every bit as absurd as anything put out by David Barton.
Jan 30 2012
The Tennessee Tea Party group has a list of demands for the state legislature, one of which is that the schools should teach only good things about the Founding Fathers, ignoring the nation’s history of slavery and mistreatment of Native Americans.
Jan 16 2012
As I’ve noted several times, David Barton is getting ready to release a book called The Jefferson Lies, which will undoubtedly be filled with many of them. Warren Throckmorton has a video and transcript of Barton lying quite flagrantly about the Jefferson Bible in a TBN appearance.
Oct 19 2011
The Texas Freedom Network has a new document on their website, a review of a history textbook written by David Barton and actually intended for use in public and private schools. It’s written by Prof. Steven Green of Willamette University, who teaches law and has a PhD in constitutional history and a master’s in American …