One of the central components of David Barton's entire brand of pseudo-history is the way in which he holds up obscure documents, sermons, and individuals from the Founding Era and presents them as representative of the entire generation.
Barton will cite some textbook with references to God, or some sermon discussing the rights of conscience, or some Founding Father who delivered an impassioned defense of Christianity and declare that at the founding of this nation, everyone knew these things and held these views.
Barton is constantly citing unfamiliar individuals from the Founding Era, discussing how religious they were and then asserting that they were extremely influential in drafting the Constitution and shaping the nation. The fact that nobody today has ever heard of any of them is, for Barton, proof that secularists have been succeeding in erasing our Christian history.
Today, Barton provided some insight into just how his mind works when making these sorts of claims when he hosted Rep. Todd Akin on his "WallBuilders Live" radio program. Barton and co-host Rick Green were discussing how people today might be aware of maybe 20-25 high-profile members of Congress despite the fact that there are more than 500 hundred serving in office. Lots of the lesser known members, Barton said, are dedicated Christians while the better-known members frequently are not, giving the American public a skewed view of just how truly Christian our Congress really is.
Barton and Green held up Akin as proof, explaining that when he speaks to the Pastor's Briefings they regularly host on Washington, DC, the pastors are always blown away by just how deeply religious and biblically knowledgeable he is, prompting Barton and Green to compare Akin to John Witherspoon during the Founding Era:
Green: It's probably like with the Founding Fathers when you start pointing out all these guys that went to a seminary and were pastors and did all that, it changes people's perception of the Founders. I figure Todd Akin, he's like the John Witherspoon, you know Witherspoon was probably quoting a lot of the same stuff that Todd Akin is out there quoting to fellow members of Congress and to these pastors.
Barton: But the problem is, it's like today, you know I show that slide of the 56 signers of the [Declaration of Independence] and I get kids at really sharp schools, I mean Ivy League schools, and the most they can give me is two of the 56. And I start going through like John Witherspoon ... John Who? Never heard of John Witherspoon. Well, her served on a hundred committees in Congress, he was George Washington's boss, he was on the Board of War during the Revolution to direct the Revolution, he was the President of Princeton. You've never heard of him but he's a really significant Founding Father and, by the way, he is a preacher and a minister and wrote a dozen books of sermons and did two bibles - it's kind of like Todd Akin. If you throw Todd Akin out there, people go "Todd Who? Haven't heard of him." He's like that Witherspoon guy. We know the 20-25 out of Congress, not the 535 so the perception is bad.
This is rather telling because is reveals a bit about how Barton operate because, while Akin is certainly an influential member of Congress, he is probably not a "really significant" figure that future historians will be writing about two hundred years from now ... except, of course, for future Barton-like psuedo-historians who will probably look back on this current generation and hold up somewhat obscure elected officials like Akin as representative not only of the views of this Congress, but of this entire generation.
As we noted the other day, Frank Gaffney is the featured guest all this week on Rick Joyner's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" programs where he is explaining how the Muslim Brotherhood is engaged in a conspiracy to "keep us stupid" about the way in which Sharia is taking over America.
On Tuesday, Gaffney expanded further on this idea, declaring that the Muslim Brotherhood was waging "pre-violent" jihad against America by systematically infiltrating the nation's churches, courts, and even our capital markets, all as part of a "civilization jihad" which seeks to "use our institutions, to use our government as well, to destroy us from within":
On Monday's program, Bryan Fischer dedicated a segment to reading and discussing a recent Maureen Down column on the Jerry Sandusky trial which prompted Fischer to longingly look back to previous generations when "our entire society said the same thing about homosexual behavior that we still say about pedophilia."
Not too long ago, Fischer said, homosexuality was called "the infamous crime against nature" and everyone looked upon it as we look upon pedophilia today. But, he lamented, that is no longer the case, which is proof that this nation needs to reaffirm the "time-honored moral standards of the Judeo-Christian tradition":
All year, Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission has been releasing monthly videos laying out "irrefutable proofs that Barack Obama is NOT a Christian!"
Today the CADC released its latest video focusing on Obama's support for gay rights, claiming that he has "recently come out of the closet" in support of marriage equality and thus "has revealed his true anti-Christian colors."
But Cass is particularly upset by the way Obama "invokes Christ to try and justify his anti-Christ position" because "the Bible is very clear about homosexual acts being a very evil thing":
Last night, the Family Research Council hosted a webcast entitled "Two Weeks for Freedom: Catholics and Evangelicals Together for Freedom" that was billed as kicking off "a two week period of nationwide prayer and action in support of religious liberty" by mobilizing conservative Christians to oppose the Obama administration's contraception mandate.
The first guest on the program was Mike Huckabee, who declared that it was become clear that "this administration is not just indifferent to people of faith, it's hostile" and warning that if all Christians don't stand beside the Catholic Church in opposing the mandate, then next the EPA might be telling Baptists that they can no longer use water for their baptism ceremonies:
We have been noticing in recent months that David Barton has developed a new series of talking points claiming not merely that various governmental and social institution were inspired by the Bible, but that specific provisions of the Constitution were taken verbatim from the Bible.
This entire idea hinges on Barton's assertion that the Founding Fathers and their entire generation were so well-versed in the Bible that their writings and speeches were filled with language and imagery that didn't even have to be attributed to the Bible because it was already obvious to everyone what they were quoting.
And this has become a central part of Barton's presentation, as he is going around the country declaring that because the Founding Fathers were so knowledgeable about the Bible, "it is absolutely no surprise that so many of the clauses we find in the Constitution are literal, direct quotations out of the Bible" ... even if they never "put a chapter and verse by it."
Barton claims that if you "check that language of the Constitution against the Bible, you will go 'that is an exact quote!'" and then declares that Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution, which guarantees to every state a Republican form of government, "came directly out of Exodus 18:21, Deuteronomy 1: 13-16, and Deuteronomy 16:18":
We have heard Barton make the bogus claim about Exodus 18:21 before but the Deuteronomy citations are new so, for the record, here are the passages that Barton claims were directly quoted in our Constitution:
Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you.”
You answered me, “What you propose to do is good.”
So I took the leading men of your tribes, wise and respected men, and appointed them to have authority over you—as commanders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and as tribal officials. And I charged your judges at that time, “Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly, whether the case is between two Israelites or between an Israelite and a foreigner residing among you.
Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.
We challenge anyone to find these "literal, direct quotations out of the Bible" printed anywhere in the US Constitution.
Joel Rosenberg, an End Times fanatic who believes God is using the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and natural disasters to “wake up” America, appeared on the 700 Club today where he told televangelist Pat Robertson that legal abortion in the U.S., which he said is worse than the Holocaust, is bringing about the judgment of God and the End Times. Rosenberg explained that for not criminalizing abortion God will “remove His hand or actively give us judgment,” and consequently America will begin “declining or imploding” and the turmoil in the Mideast will escalate.
Last week, Rick Joyner dedicated all of his "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" programs to discussing conspiracy theories about how the Muslim Brotherhood is working to take over America with Jerry Boykin.
This week Joyner is welcoming Frank Gaffney for a series of programs ... dedicated to discussing conspiracy theories about how the Muslim Brotherhood is working to take over America.
As Gaffney explained, the American people have "been subjected to a very disciplined, long-term, systematic effort" to condition us to tolerate and accommodate Sharia and we don't even realize that it is happening. And the reason we don't know it is happening is because "the enemy (i.e. the Muslim Brotherhood) is trying to keep us stupid" through the exercise of "information dominance":
So apparently that fact that nobody believes that the Muslim Brotherhood is systematically taking over the nation is itself proof that their plan is working!
Last month, the Family Research Council hosted its annual "Watchmen on the Wall" conference in Washington DC and, in conjunction, organized a press conference where event speakers would gather to announce their support for the Defense of Marriage Act.
Among the speakers at the press conference was Jim Garlow, who took President Obama to task for saying that his Christian faith played a role in his support for marriage equality. Declaring that anyone can call themselves a Christian but still be ill-informed, biblically illiterate, and even an apostate, Garlow offered Obama a lesson in "Basic 101 of Christianity" to set him straight that marriage has always been, and always will be, a union between on man and one woman.
Garlow then closed out his remarks by likening those opposing marriage equality today to Revolutionary War pastors who fought the British because, just like them, these Religious Right activists are are willing declare "if necessary, here we die!":
Recently it was reported that the national executive council of the Boy Scouts of America would be voting on a resolution next year that would change the organization's policy which bans gay Scouts and troop leaders.
On Friday's radio program, Bryan Fischer predicted that the Boy Scouts were not going to change the policy because doing so would "mean the end of the Boy Scouts" since parents would never allow their children to join unless they are positive that "homosexual pedophiles like this Jerry Sandusky" were being kept out of the organization:
Yesterday we posted a clip featuring Jerry Boykin warning that public school textbooks were being intentionally designed in order to undermine students' pride in being Americans in order to weaken our Judeo-Christian values and ultimately install full-blown Marxism in this nation.
Today, Boykin followed that up by explaining to Rick Joyner that the Occupy Movement was proof that this conspiracy was working, claiming that participants in the movement "don't even know why they're there" or even realize that they have been led into it "by a very deliberate group that wants to destroy America." Occupy members are really just "useful idiots" who have been robbed of their identity, Boykin explained, and now they are out there "just hopelessly wandering around and using drugs and raping people and committing all kinds of aberrant behavior":
Earlier this year, Glenn Beck interviewed televangelist James Robison about the dangers of Glee, which Robison said was being used by “the Enemy” to “bring us down.” Today at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s summit in Washington D.C., Beck said that not only is Glee sending a “horrifying” message to children but that he will create his own “Oedipus project” to “push back” against Glee’s supposedly harmful cultural impact.
It was a year ago I was watching the show Glee with my wife and we watched it like this—[gasp]—I mean, it’s horrifying some of the things that they are teaching high schoolers, but it’s brilliantly done, it’s brilliantly done. It’s produced brilliantly. It’s music, brilliant; it’s acting, brilliant; it’s cinematography, brilliant. I said this to her at the end, this was a year or a year and a half ago, ‘We lose, there is no way to beat that.’ Well, yes there is. We spent about a year now trying to put together a push back with artists, with music. Not the stereotypical conservative Lee Greenwood music, I call it my Oedipus project because the left will be making out with me and they will never see it coming. Somebody will say, ‘don’t you know who produced that music?’ ‘No, I really like it, it’s great.’ Oh yes, yes it is.
Most of the speakers and panels at today's Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing were disappointingly dull, but Ralph Reed wisely scheduled Glenn Beck to close out the afternoon program by delivering just the sort of tear-filled, impassioned speech that only Glenn Beck can provide.
During his speech, Beck declared repeatedly that "I have seen the finger of God" and assured the audience that miracles are coming ... but only if we turn back to God , warning that if we don't God "is going to withdraw his protection" over this nation:
The other day we posted a clip of AFA's Buster Wilson musing about whether the recent repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell might be playing some role in the rise in suicides among members of the Armed Services.
After we posted the video, Evan Hurst at Truth Wins Out picked it up and posted on their blog as well and his post caught the attention of Wilson, who then showed up in the comments to accuse them of deceptively editing the video and defend his remarks, which then set off a long debate in the comments.
Yesterday, Bryan Fisher cited the debate between Wilson and the folks over at TWO as proof that "you cannot reason with these people because they are impervious to facts, they are impervious to logic, they are impervious to reason, they are impervious to history, they are impervious to the truth." And the reason that gays and liberals and the like cannot be reasoned with is because God has given them over to a "depraved mind," so "their thinking is messed up [and] they don't process information the way normal people process information":
One of the entertaining thing about monitoring the Religious Right is watching them explain how seemingly every election signals some sort of broad national trend or carries with it some deep philosophical implication that supports their political agenda.
When Republicans lose, it is always because they did not take a stand for the Religious Right's agenda and so the voters rejected them for being insufficiently conservative. But when Republicans win, it is inevitably because the candidate stood for conservative Christian values and the victory is therefore proof that Americans embrace that worldview ... leading to absurdly overblown pieces of "analysis" like this from Matt Barber declaring that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's win in the recent recall election signals "a shift of the tectonic plates" and the "implosion [of] the progressive movement":
I think it's a shift of the tectonic plates here and this is just an early tremor of the earthquake that is going come of implosion with the progressive movement ... It's a microcosm that shows that the American people have rejected radical secular socialism, the agenda of the unions, liberal causes and that they adopting fiscal responsibility, family values, the things that made this the greatest nation on earth.
Secular socialism has been an abject failure everywhere and every time it has been tried and we find ourselves headed down that path in this country right now and we need only look to Europe to see where that leads us and it's disaster. And Wisconsin, as I mentioned, is the early tremors, the American people saying "no, the secular socialist progressive ideology has failed in Europe, it's failed every time it's been tried, it's going to fail here in the United States, we reject it and we're heading back to our founding principles!"
All this week, Rick Joyner is once again hosting Jerry Boykin for a series of programs for his daily "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" television show where the two have been discussing their conspiracy theories about how the Muslim Brotherhood are working with Marxists in order to destroy America and its Judeo-Christian values and heritage.
Today, Boykin revealed that one of the ways this is being accomplished is through public school textbooks, which are being "deliberately altered to rob us of our identity [and our] pride in being Americans" in order to undermine the Judeo-Christian base upon which this nation was founded. And the reason this is happening is because Leftists are out to destroy Christianity in order to fully implement Marxism in America:
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has created damage-control web site, “I Stand With ALEC,” asking people to submit a letter to members of ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board and member legislators in support of the ultra-conservative, secretive organization. The form letter is here:
Stand With ALEC
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As our economy continues to struggle, the need for strong leadership that promotes free markets and free enterprise is more crucial than ever. It's through limited government and a stronger private sector that we can create jobs and grow our economy. As a member of ALEC, I expect you to work on these types of solutions.
But I've seen in the news that these values, and groups that support them, are under attack by extremists. Groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are important defenders of these free market ideals. You should know that this is exactly the kind of organization I expect you to work with. Don't let extremists sway you any other way.
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After the massive outrage sparked by revelations that ALEC’s Public Safety and Elections Task Force was responsible for the proliferation of “Stand Your Ground” laws in the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin, ALEC tried to disavow that committee and claimed that it was “refocusing [its] commitment to free-market, limited government and pro-growth principles.”
ALEC’s portfolio of harmful policies goes much farther than that, including model bills that disenfranchise voters, destroy public education, block access to healthcare, damage the environment, weaken public safety and harm working families. So far, 19 corporations, 4 non profit organizations and 54 state legislators have left the organization for these reasons.
If ALEC thinks it can repair its reputation by asking the American people to send reassuring letters to its members, it should think again. A petition drive and phone campaign led by People For the American Way Fundation, Color of Change and other organizations has already directed over 500,000 signatures and calls to ALEC’s corporate members demanding that those companies end their ALEC memberships immediately. The American people have already spoken on this one, and they don’t stand with ALEC.
It has been a few days since Bryan Fischer went off on a good old fashioned anti-gay rant, but today he was back in peak form, citing a bunk study that claims that kids raised in same-sex households suffer as adults as proof that gays are incapable of forming lasting, loving relationship while declaring that people who believe in the theory of evolution should be most opposed to gay unions because gay couples cannot procreate ... and then, just for good measure, topping it all of by declaring that allowing gay parents to adopt is "a form of sexual abuse":