Half the problem with fighting David Barton has always been that people just don’t recognize how dangerous he really is. Some think he’s just some typical nutty fundamentalist down in Texas, not realizing that his reach goes far beyond Texas. Others have just recently heard about him because of his new best selling book and appearance on The Daily Show. And still others have just never even heard of him at all.
But the Southern Poverty Law Center has now recognized the danger of Barton, including him on their list of “30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right.”
The SPLC’s profile of Barton hits the nail on the head when it says: “The scary thing about David Barton is that he has the ear of so many.” This is what most people don’t realize – Barton has the ear of numerous politicians, and not just the few listed in the SPLC’s profile. I wish they had included some of the others, like Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA), whose Congressional Prayer Caucus now includes about a quarter of our House of Representatives.