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David Barton Unveils His Latest Effort To Salvage His Reputation

A few weeks ago, we noted that David Barton had reportedly won a million-dollar defamation lawsuit against two Democratic candidates who ran for the Texas Education Board in 2010 after they produced a campaign video that asserted that Barton was "known for speaking at white supremacist rallies." At the same time, Barton also filed suit against an online writer who had called him an "admitted liar," though that writer disappeared after being sued and never responded to any of Barton's legal filings.

In the wake of this court decision, Barton immediately went to work trying to portray his very narrow legal victory as a complete validation of his widely-criticized scholarship, asserting that his work had now been vindicated in a court of law when, in reality, the case revolved only around allegations that he had ties to white supremacists.

Now it seems that Barton is pressing ahead with his effort to portray his legal win as a wholesale vindication of his body of work, as his WallBuilders organization sent out an email to activists today calling up them to take to Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, or anywhere else that they might see Barton and his work being criticized and post links to an article about his legal victory in order to defend Barton and prove that "the critics’ claims are false":

A few weeks ago, news broke about David Barton winning a major defamation lawsuit. (Thank you for all of your emails and calls of support and encouragement!)

The more publicized of the two defamation lawsuits we won was the one where David was labeled an anti-Semite, racist, and white supremacist. But the second lawsuit we won addressed the false claims that David's works are widely discredited, that he is an admitted liar, that he makes up his history, etc. (Makes up history? How ridiculous is this claim when WallBuilders owns one of America's largest private collections of original Founding Era documents -- more than 100,000 originals or copies of original documents from before 1812. In fact, we even footnote our historical email blasts!)

David's best-selling works have been viewed by literally millions of Americans, and such numbers represent a sizeable segment of the American population. Detractors don't want these readers -- and especially any additional ones -- to know the important role that religion and morality historically played in America. The reason is simple. For Americans to tolerate and support our current secularist progressive policies, they must be divorced from our religious, moral, and constitutional history.

The critics are very aggressive, very well-organized, and very well-funded. (In fact, many of the groups attacking David receive funding from atheist billionaire George Soros.) They often select seemingly religious mouthpieces (often secular progressives from the Religious Left) to deliver their attacks over the internet, in articles, and on blogs.

This is where we need your help!

When you see attacks against WallBuilders and David on Facebook, Twitter, in articles, comments, and so forth, please take a few minutes to enter your own rebuttal comments, even linking to the national articles reporting that the critics’ claims are false (e.g., David Barton Wins Million-Dollar Defamation Suit).

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 18:17 that one side sounds good until facts from the other side are presented. So far, the critics have often been the only voice – or at least the loudest. We need your help to present the other side. As Song of Solomon 8:13 reminds us, your friends listen to your voice -- so speak! Your voice on Facebook, Twitter, in articles, on Amazon book reviews, and in web comment sections will help beat back the false claims and thus help millions of Americans be open, and even eager to learn the truth about America's Godly constitutional heritage!

Beck: Obama Is Incapable Of Having A 'Deep, Stirring Love' Of America

Glenn Beck kicked off today's radio broadcast by not only defending Rudy Giuliani's recent statement that President Obama doesn't love America, but taking it a step further by declaring that Obama is fundamentally incapable of loving America, at least in the same way that real Americans like Glenn Beck love this country.

"I differ from Rudy Giuliani," Beck said. "I don't think that [Obama] can love America the way we love America because of his upbringing ... I don't think he loves America. I think he likes America."

Beck went on to argue that Obama loves America in the same way that Beck "loves" Great Britain, by which he meant that while he likes Great Britain, he does not "have that deep, stirring love" for it that he does for America.

"I have a deep love for the heritage of this nation," Beck said. "This president doesn't have that deep love of the heritage of our nation":

Barton: The Bible Prohibits Government Debt And Jesus Hates The Capital Gains Tax

Last month, David Barton spoke at the First Baptist Church in Eastland, Texas, where he added a new wrinkle to his claim that the Bible dictates how the government is to operate by declaring that the Bible explicitly prohibits governments from taking on debt.

As "proof" of this, Barton cited Deuteronomy 15:6-8:

For the Lord your God will bless you, as he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow, and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.

"The Bible tells us, Proverbs 22:7, that the borrower is servant to the lender," Barton said. "See, the Bible is real clear: stay out of debt. You lose your freedom when you get into debt. Well, that applies for individuals, it applies for families, it applies for churches, it applies for states, it applies for the nation. God doesn't want you in debt, which is why Deuteronomy 15:6 says your nation is not to go into debt. Here we are. That's not a political issue, that's a biblical issue. God spoke about that a long time before America ever existed":

Apparently, the Founding Father never got the message

Barton then went on to repeat his absurd claims that "the Bible absolutely condemns the estate tax," that Jesus hates the capital gains tax, and that the Bible prohibits the use of progressive taxation.

Right Wing Round-Up - 2/19/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 2/19/15

  • After repeated losses, Liberty Counsel has now taken its lawsuit against New Jersey's ban on ex-gay "reparative" therapy to the Supreme Court.
  • It looks like the right-wing attacks on anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist for allegedly being a secret Islamist might actually threaten his re-election to the board of the NRA.
  • Linda Harvey is terrified of what gay marriage will bring: "It should break the heart of any freedom loving, God-honoring American to say this, but there is no evidence that America has the moral will to prevent the following 'gay-stapo' dreams from being fulfilled shortly after."
  • FRC prays that God will finally "awaken your people in America to stand in the gap with extraordinary prayer and to demand that our elected representatives act to defeat ISIS and hold President accountable to defend all Americans, including Christians and Jews who have been uniquely targeted by ISIS."
  • Finally, Gary Cass declares that Christians should take comfort in the fact that the Prophet Muhammad "is eternally dead in Hell and suffering the just penalty for his sin."

'This Is The Beginning Of Sorrows': Glenn Beck Declares That WWIII Has Already Begun

Earlier this week, Glenn Beck prophesied that that fight against ISIS was soon going to explode into World War III and now, it seems, that time has arrived as he declared on his radio program today that the entire world is already locked in a massive global war for its very survival, even if Beck is the only one with enough foresight to recognize it.

Despite the fact that his current theory about WWIII contradicts his last theory about WWIII, Beck has "a growing sense of surety" that the world has now entered "the beginning of sorrows."

"We are in World War III," Beck said. "It just hasn't caught up yet. We're here!"

"I told you last year, 'And so it begins,'" he continued. "I have a growing sense of surety that what I believe is here, is indeed here ... We are indeed setting the stage for global war and this is beginning of sorrows ... This is the beginning of sorrows. I'm telling you, we don't understand what is coming yet. We don't see."

"The gloves are about to come off on the entire world," Beck warned. "God help us, we may see nuclear impacts on the face of the earth in our lifetime ... The gloves are about to come off and this is the beginning of sorrows":

Klingenschmitt: Gays Have 'A Demonic Spirit That Is Ruling In The Heart And Now They Have Lost Their Soul'

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program yesterday, Gordon Klingenschmitt cited a recent AP poll that reportedly found that while a majority of Americans support marriage equality, they also believe that wedding-related businesses ought to be allowed to discriminate against gay couples on religious grounds. The fact that some people did not support such an exemption was proof to Klingenschmitt that there is "a demonic spirit of persecution at work," which is a sign of the End Times.

"They want to force Christians to participate in someone else's acts of sodomy," Klingenschmitt said. "And if they won't participate, then the Christians should be punished or fined or bankrupted or driven out of business.  I think that is not just anti-Christian discrimination, it is open season persecution."

"They're coming after us," he warned, "and, in the long run, this will result not only in fines but in jail time for some Christians, which is a prediction and sign that the End Times are really upon us. When the Antichrist rises up to persecute Christians and behead us and throw us in jail for our Christian faith, you don't think it's going to be over things like this? This is just the camel's nose in the tent."

Klingenschmitt then went on to cite Romans 1 as he declared that gays have "a demonic spirit that is ruling in their heart and now they have lost their soul":

Staver: Obama 'Is Bringing Curses Upon America'

For the third week in a row, Mat Staver and Matt Barber continued to use Liberty Counsel's "Faith and Freedom" radio program to falsely accuse President Obama of directly and illegally interfering in the upcoming Israeli elections in an effort to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with Staver declaring today that Obama is bringing God's curse upon America by doing so.

"Our Judeo-Christian history connects us together, connects us to Israel and the Jewish people," Staver said. "That's where our Judeo-Christian history was born and birthed. That's how Western Civilization was shaped, because of the Bible and the values that came out of Israel. And this president is doing everything he can to walk away from Israel."

"You know, Genesis 12 says 'I will bless those who bless you,' referring to the offspring of Abraham, which is Israel, 'and I will curse them who curse you,'" he continued. "The president is bringing curses upon America by ultimately walking away from Israel. I think that it is dangerous to not respect and protect our best ally":

Right Wing Round-Up - 2/18/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 2/18/15

  • Bert Farias says that Bruce Jenner's reported transition is "demonic" and "depictive of all that is wrong with America."
  • Franklin Graham calls upon ISIS to convert to Christianity because God loves them. Well, that ought to do it.
  • FRC is organizing a series of events for pastors featuring various Religious Right activists as well as Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Ted Cruz.
  • BarbWire's Gina Miller does not like the push for gay rights: "Our society has become so deeply corrupt, that a growing number of people no longer believe that homosexual behavior is wrong, although it always has been wrong and always will be wrong.  A growing number of people also do not understand that marriage is one thing only:  the union of a man and a woman, and it can be nothing else, or it’s not marriage.  People who lack a right moral foundation will not accept the truth."
  • The Alliance Defending Freedom is now suing the City of Atlanta on behalf of the city's former fire chief, Kelvin Cochran.
  • Finally, Ron Cantor warns that "Fifty Shades of Grey" is "a gateway to demonic bondage."
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