Farah’s Sad Attempt at Being Intellectually Honest

I wrote the other day about Worldnetdaily owner Joseph Farah using a fictitious quote from James Madison in a column about how America has split with God. It’s a quote that you see all over Christian right websites, but even David Barton admits it has never been found anywhere in Madison’s speeches or writings and that it was never “quoted” until 1939. Here’s the quote as he originally used it:
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Warren Throckmorton’s Naivete About Barton’s Immunity to Reality

Warren Throckmorton, who has done some great work exposing the torrent of lies told by David Barton, wonders in a recent post why Barton continues to be booked to speak and revered by so many Christian groups. He also wonders why those groups ignore the criticisms of so many Christian academics who have proven those lies. I fear he is being a bit naive in his analysis of the situation.
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Beck: I’m the New Martin Luther King

Last week, Glenn Beck bleated on incessantly about how he was going to make a huge announcement this week and telling his followers, “I believe my entire life has led to this point.” Like his many previous announcements of this type, it turned out to be self-aggrandizing bullshit. Guess what? He’s going to be the Martin Luther King of those who oppose gay marriage.
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Beck Claims 10,000-17,000 Pastors Ready to Die

Glenn Beck, ever the melodramatist, is holding a conference this week called “Future Conference: What You Thought Was Coming … Is Here Now.” It’s being hosted by far-right megapreacher Jim Garlow at his church. And — cue the dramatic music — they’ve got thousands of pastors prepared to die over…well, something.
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Barton Lies About John Locke

It’s a day ending in Y, so let’s play another game of What is David Barton Lying About Today? *spins wheel* Today he’s lying about … drumroll please … John Locke. Warren Throckmorton catches him at it, as he so often does. Speaking at a conference in the Ukraine, he claimed that Locke quoted the Bible specifically about civil government 1500 times in his two treatises on government:
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Politifact on Carson, Huckabee and Fiorina

We’ve had three new candidates officially declare their candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination this week — Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and Carly Fiorina. PolitiFact reviews the record of their examinations of claims those three have made and, unsurprisingly, the record isn’t very good. Huckabee is the one who has been factchecked the most:
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Feder: Napoleon Was a Christian. And Therefore…

Last year, the Worldnetdaily began publishing columns by Bill Federer, who is kind of a poor man’s David Barton. He attempts to show that America really, truly was supposed to be a Christian nation, using the same kind of dishonest techniques that Barton uses. But his latest column, where he “recounts French influence on America’s development,” is just plain irrelevant.
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