If you’re not sure who David Barton is, think of Ken Ham or Kent Hovind: Barton is to history what old fashioned young earth creationists are to science. He peddles books and DVD’s riddled with fake quotes and other inaccuracies pushing the idea that America’s founders were really all about a Christian theocracy. Which is why Alabama Public TV recently passed on a suggestion to air two of Barton’s fake documentaries. I just got wind of what happened next:
SPLC– Immediately after meeting in executive session June 12, commissioners ordered APT Executive Director Allan Pizzato and his deputy, Pauline Howland, to clear out their desks and leave APT’s Birmingham headquarters. Pizzato had been APT executive director for 12 years; Howland was his deputy director and the network’s chief financial officer.
Pizzato would not comment on the reasons for the firing, other than to say commissioners were seeking to go in “a new direction.” But Howland, in an interview with Current.org, a news service of the American University’s School of Communication, said that Pizzato and his staff had “grave concerns” about airing the videos, which strongly advocate a religious interpretation of the past that historians say is simply wrong.