David Barton

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/25/16

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/24/16

  • Warren Throckmorton: With David Barton as Principal Officer, Non-Profit Mercury One Again Gave $100k to Barton’s Wallbuilders For Disaster Relief.
  • Peter Montgomery @ Religion Dispatches: Competing Visions of Family & Freedom at UN; Methodists Try to Avoid Schism on Sexuality; Catholic Cardinal Denounces LGBT ‘Demonic Ideology’; Global LGBT Recap.
  • Matthew Yglesias @ Vox: Republican Jewish Coalition won't say where all the anti-Semitic invective is coming from.
  • Allegra Kirkland @ TPM: Great White Hope: Trump Unites Generations Of White Nationalists.
  • Zachary Roth @ MSNBC: Far-right nativists eye Kris Kobach for Donald Trump’s vice president.
  • Robin Marty @ Care2: There May Soon Be No Place Left in the South for Abortions After The First Trimester.
  • Zack Ford @ Think Progress: How A Conservative Law Firm Is Duping Schools Into Passing Anti-Transgender Policies.
  • Ken Meyer @ Mediaite: Sam Bee Breaks Down How the Religious Right Devised Conservative Obsession with Abortion.

David Barton: With Ted Cruz Out, Conservative Christians Must Become More Engaged In Electing God-Fearing Candidates To Office

David Barton, the Religious Right psuedo-historian and activist who ran a major super PAC supporting Ted Cruz’s presidential candidacy, released a video today laying out the path for conservative Christian activists to take now that Cruz, the candidate they had long prayed for, has dropped out of the presidential race. 

The results of the GOP presidential primary, he said, drive home three life lessons: 1) Nothing catches God by surprise; 2) God cares how you respond to adversity; 3) All things work together for good according to God's plan.

As such, Barton said that conservative activists cannot now abandon all that they have fought for and must, instead, "become more engaged" and get to work electing people who will operate according to "the timeless principles given to us by God" to local, state and federal offices.

"We become more engaged and we get our neighbors engaged," Barton said. "We need to make sure our neighbors are registered to vote and that they choose God-fearing leaders and that, above all, we teach ourselves and others to think and act biblically."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/18/16

  • David Barton, of all people, complains that Donald Trump "will come out with some egregious, outrageous claim, and no one ever requires him to prove it." We have the same complaint about Barton.
  • Pamela Geller defends David Horowitz's "renegade Jew" article: "It's revealing how weak, spineless Jews go off when a proud Jew calls out them out."
  • Phil Robertson wants to be Donald Trump's "spiritual adviser."
  • A federal judge has "ordered Kansas to register thousands of voters whose paperwork is on hold because they did not comply with" a restrictive proof-of-citizenship law developed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
  • Finally, Peter LaBarbera says that the Equality Act should really be called the Criminalizing Christianity Act "because that's exactly what it would do. It would be a massive sledgehammer for the federal government and homosexual lawyers to come against small businesses, or anybody who comes out against homosexual so-called marriage, or transgender bathrooms, or other aspects of the gay and transgender agenda."

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/17/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/4/16

  • While disappointed that Ted Cruz has dropped out of the presidential race, David Barton vows to fight on: "But we don't walk away from or abandon all we have fought for. Instead, we simply become more engaged -- we elect principled leaders to city council and mayor, school board and county office, for state legislature, and for the House and Senate. We make sure our neighbors are registered to vote and that they choose God-fearing leaders ... And above all, we teach ourselves and others to think and act Biblically."
  • Peter LaBarbera and Linda Harvey are going after two Cleveland hotels for allowing a "leather weekend" to take place at their facilites: "Events like this are a public health and safety disaster and a direct result of the tolerance of homosexual behavior now being forced on America. Homosexual America, this is on you."
  • "Coach" Dave Daubenmire vows to continue his crusade against Target: "We must stop this IDIOCY NOW!!! No men in the ladies room!! It is time to say NO t the out-of-control gender-challenged mafia.Please join us in pushing back. This Saturday we are going to begin to shove."
  • In a perfectly fitting move, Ben Carson will be involved in the process of vetting a running mate for Donald Trump.
  • Finally, Napp Nazworth insists that evangelicals cannot be blamed for Trump's success: "Trump has already been a disaster for the Republican Party, essentially dismantling the Reagan coalition and undermining its efforts to retain control of Congress. A Trump presidency would be a disaster for the entire nation, given that he is entirely unfit, in character and experience, to be president.For those reasons, it's important to set straight the historical record — evangelicals led the opposition to Trump."

Is President Cruz Planning To Use Carly Fiorina To Strong-Arm The Senate? It Sure Sounds Like It

Last month, Glenn Beck explained to a live studio audience about how Ted Cruz, if elected president, could use the constitutional provision declaring that "the Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate" to essentially use his vice president to take complete control of the Senate.

Claiming that he had "no information on this" and was just "thinking outside of the box," Beck envisioned a scenario in which Cruz would name a "pit bull" like Carly Fiorina as his running mate and then instruct her to "go run the Senate," creating a situation in which "the White House is running the Senate as well."

Like Beck, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton has very close ties to Cruz and his presidential campaign, and last week he spoke to a small group at Liberty University. That speech was attended by a Liberty graduate student who reported that Barton floated the exact same plan:

Barton spoke strongly in support of Ted Cruz’s decision to appoint Carly Fiorina as his running mate and suggested that her role in a Cruz presidency will be much more significant than the Vice President’s role in years past. If elected, the Cruz campaign plans to reinstate the VP’s reign over the Senate in the hopes of nullifying the influence of the president pro tempore, who commonly acts in the VP’s absence. This is another interesting development given the history of Cruz’s clashes with the GOP establishment.

While Beck initially presented this scenario as something of a hypothetical idea, the report on Barton suggests that this is something that he either learned directly from Cruz or his campaign or something that has at least been discussed among top-level Cruz supporters.

The fact that two key Cruz backers are promoting this idea raises the question of whether this is something that the Cruz campaign is actually planning on carrying out if the Texas senator, notorious for his poor relationships with senators on both sides of the aisles\, wins the White House.

Cruz, who has been campaigning in Indiana alongside Beck, has not yet been asked if he plans to put his surrogates' idea into action if elected.

David Barton: 'The Way You Get AIDS Now Is You Have To Violate God's Standard Of Sexuality'

Last week, David Barton, the Religious Right pseudo-historian and GOP operative who is currently running a major super PAC in support of Ted Cruz's candidacy, spoke at a conference organized by the North Carolina Pastors Network, where he asserted that despite the success in evangelizing other nations, Christian converts are still engaging in unbiblical behavior as demonstrated by the fact that they are still getting AIDS and electing gays to public office.

In audio kindly provided to us by Freedom for All Americans, Barton can be heard explaining that "America is the single biggest influence in helping Christianize the rest of the world" but lamenting that the success in winning people to Christ has not necessarily translated into changes in behavior as these Christian converts continue to largely live by "secular values." 

"If you look at places in Africa," he said, "there are several nations in Africa that are 90 percent professing Christians, they call themselves a Christian nation, 90 percent of the population is Christian. In the last 25 years, in those 90 percent Christian nations, the AIDS rate has gone up, government corruption has soared through the roof, mistreatment of women is skyrocketing and poverty is increasing. Now tell me how, in a 90 percent Christian nation, you get this much bad fruit?"

"If you live by the Bible, you're not going to have the sexual misbehavior that leads to AIDS," he continued. "If you practice sex within marriage between a man and woman, AIDS is an impossibility, [other than through] a blood transfusion and now that we've checked that, we haven't had blood transfusion problems for about the last 15 years. So the way you get AIDS now is you have to violate God's standard of sexuality."

To further illustrate his point, Barton pointed to some unnamed nation in Central America that is also supposedly a 90 percent Christian nation but which "just had an election [where] they elected open homosexuals as their national leaders."

"Now how do you do that in a 90 percent Christian nation?" he asked. "1 Corinthians says that homosexuals will not enter the kingdom of heaven; you're a 90 percent Christian nation and you elect open homosexuals to elect the 90 percent that are Christian?"

In the past, Barton, who currently runs a pro-Ted Cruz super PAC, has repeatedly asserted that God will never allow us to find a cure for AIDS because the disease is His punishment for sin.

David Barton: The Concept Of Adolescence Is Unbiblical

On the latest episode of his "Foundations of Freedom" series, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton repeated his claim that the concept of adolescence is entirely unbiblical.

Joined by his "WallBuilders Live" co-host Rick Green, Barton asserted that "adolescence is a term that never existed in the Bible because there was never a time when you were not to be a man or a woman."

"That's why David was just a teen, maybe a pre-teen, when he slew the lion and the bear and Goliath," he stated. "King Josiah was 8 years old when he started to reign. Samuel, they say he may have been somewhere between 4 and 12 when the Lord spoke to him and called him to his ministry there with Eli. Jesus was 12 years old when he was in the temple confounding the doctors of the law."

"In the Hebrew culture," Barton continued, "when you were 13 years old, you were a man. You went from being a boy to being a man. When you turned 13, no longer were your parents responsible for you because you're a man, you answer for your own decisions, you make your own decisions."

In an effort to bolster his argument, Barton later went on to repeat his false claim that the Pony Express was staffed with young orphans who rode hundreds of miles a day alone across the country. 

David Barton Will Train Christians To Take Control Of Government And Transform America Into The 'Nation That God Wants It To Be'

Last month, we noted that right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton plans to launch a "School of Practical Government" at Andrew Wommack's Charis Bible College in Colorado, which will be based heavily in Seven Mountains dominionism.

Seven Mountains theology teaches that conservative Christians are to take control of the seven primary institutions, or "mountains," that shape and control our culture — (1) Business; (2) Government; (3) Media; (4) Arts and Entertainment; (5) Education; (6) Family; and (7) Religion — and use them to implement biblical standards and spread the Gospel.

In a promotional video from the new school, Barton again specifically linked it to Seven Mountains theology, saying that Christians are commanded to take control of the Seven Mountains but have failed to do so when it comes to government, which is why he is launching a school of "practical" government to train people on how to do just that. 

"The Charis School of Practical Government is designed to make a difference in the culture," Barton said. "It's designed to transform the culture, community by community and state by state. In Luke 16:8, Jesus lamented that the children of this world are wiser and more shrewd than the children of light. This shouldn't be. We have the wisdom of the scriptures and insight of the Spirit, so God's people, of all folks, should be shrewder and wiser than others and this is particularly true in the political arena. After all, Joseph was certainly head and shoulders above all the other political folks in his day, as was Daniel in his day and Nehemiah in his day and so many others in their day."

Explicitly citing the "major Christian teaching today about the Seven Mountains," Barton said that Christians are to be engaged in all seven of these areas in order to transform America into "what God wants it to be," especially government.

"After all, when God founded His nation of Israel," Barton stated, "He delivered to them a comprehensive code of 613 laws that covered every aspect of public policy, from criminal justice to education, from the military to immigration, from foreign policy to economics to taxes and everything in between. So the Bible definitely gives us much guidance in each of these areas, but too many Christians today that God is silent in the areas of government and public policy, but He is not."

It is worth remembering that Barton is not only an influential Republican activist but also runs one of the main super PACs supporting Ted Cruz.

David Barton: Disney Movies Are Turning Animals Into Pagan Gods

On his "WallBuilders Live" radio program today, David Barton repeated his warning that Disney movies are anthropomorphizing animals by making people believe that they have human-like thoughts and feelings, which is causing people to essentially worship pagan gods.

"If you look back at the time of the Bible, a lot of the idols back then were actually animals," Barton said. "Dagon was the fish God."

Barton claimed that America never had any sort of animal rights movement until this nation got away from the Bible and Disney started producing movies like "Bambi" and "Lady and the Tramp," in which animals were presented as human surrogates.

"The Bible tells us that you are to be kind to your animals," he stated, "but you don't worship your animals, you don't make a Dagon god out of them and that's what we've now done."

David Barton Says That Candidates Who 'Don't Respect The Bible' Won't Respect The Constitution

On his "WallBuilders Live" radio program yesterday, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton asserted that voters must employ a religious test when it comes to voting because how the presidential candidates "look at the Bible will tell you how they're going to look at the Constitution."

"If your religious faith is such that it doesn't connect you to God, you're not going to be good for the country," he stated. "How they look at the Bible will tell you how they're going to look at the Constitution. I'm not saying the Bible and the Constitution are the same thing, but I'm saying you have the same view toward authority, you have the same view toward there are absolutes, there are standards that should be followed and must be followed."

"The fervency with which someone follows their religious faith, a biblical faith, is nearly always a direct indicator of how well they will follow the Constitution," Barton claimed. "If they don't respect the Bible, they won't respect other firm, fixed documents like the Constitution, so we, as citizens, ought to engage in that type of personal religious test for our president."

David Barton: Thomas Jefferson Would Have Agreed With Me On Everything

Right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton appeared on the "Hagee Hotline" yesterday to promote the new edition of his discredited book on Thomas Jefferson and revealed what issues Jefferson would care about if he were alive today and voting in the upcoming presidential election. Amazingly, they just so happen to be the same issues that Barton himself cares about!

"When you look at your leaders, you look at religious beliefs," Barton said. "And I don't mean theological beliefs, I mean where are you with God. Because Jefferson is very clear, it's written in stone on the Jefferson Memorial that the liberties of a nation are only secure as long as the people are convinced that those liberties come from God and that if you violate them, you will initiate God's wrath. That's Jefferson's own statement. So that's the first place; if you've got somebody who doesn't really include God in what they do, then you've got a problem."

Barton, who earlier this year openly stated that Jefferson would endorse Ted Cruz — which is pretty convenient considering that Barton is running a pro-Cruz super PAC — went on to claim that Jefferson would also be opposed to legal abortion, marriage equality, gay rights and even the income tax:

Right Wing Round-Up - 3/31/16

For The Fifth Time, David Barton Falsely Claims The Average Family On Welfare Receives $61,000 A Year In Benefits

Last week we noted how right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton continues to insist that the average family on welfare receives $61,000 worth of benefits a year despite the fact that this claim is entirely false.

We have heard Barton make this claim four times before and, while appearing on the "License to Parent" podcast earlier this week, he repeated it again.

"Last year, we had 60 anti-poverty programs in government," he stated. "Government averaged spending $61,000 per poor family last year. Right now, if you're on welfare — and there is no work requirement for welfare — if you're on welfare right now, you make more than teachers do in 13 states and more that secretaries do in 39 states and that's not working a single step."

As we have pointed out every time we have heard Barton make this assertion, this entirely misleading claim was first put forth by the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee back in 2012 and was, as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explained, derived by relying on "a series of serious manipulations of the data that violate basic analytic standards and are used to produce a potentially inflammatory result."

Even the Weekly Standard recognized this when it stated that "not all households living below the poverty line receive $61,194 worth of assistance per year":

New data compiled by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee shows that, last year, the United States spent over $60,000 to support welfare programs per each household that is in poverty. The calculations are based on data from the Census, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Congressional Research Services.

"According to the Census’s American Community Survey, the number of households with incomes below the poverty line in 2011 was 16,807,795," the Senate Budget Committee notes. "If you divide total federal and state spending by the number of households with incomes below the poverty line, the average spending per household in poverty was $61,194 in 2011."

This dollar figure is almost three times the amount the average household on poverty lives on per year. "If the spending on these programs were converted into cash, and distributed exclusively to the nation’s households below the poverty line, this cash amount would be over 2.5 times the federal poverty threshold for a family of four, which in 2011 was $22,350 (see table in this link)," the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee note.

To be clear, not all households living below the poverty line receive $61,194 worth of assistance per year. After all, many above the poverty line also receive benefits from social welfare programs (e.g. pell grants).

Barton simply doesn't seem to care that this claim that he makes regularly is misleading and untrue, which is why he continues to make it. 

David Barton Will Be Training Christians To Conquer The 'Mountain' Of Government

A few weeks ago, we noted that a Christian college in Arkansas had launched the "David Barton School of Political Science" ... and that, yes, that is its actual name.

On his radio program today, Barton revealed that this program is just one of many that he is helping to found and coordinate at Christian colleges around the country, including one at Andrew Wommack's Charis Bible College in Colorado where Barton is setting the curriculum and will serve as a part-time instructor at the "School of Practical Government."

When Barton and Wommack discussed the new program recently, Barton explicitly linked it to Seven Mountains Dominionism, which he has preached before

Seven Mountains theology teaches that Christians are to take control of the seven primary institutions, or "mountains," that shape and control our culture — (1) Business; (2) Government; (3) Media; (4) Arts and Entertainment; (5) Education; (6) Family; and (7) Religion — and use them to implement biblical standards and spread the Gospel. 

Christians, Barton said, have not had much success in taking over the government "mountain" and that is why he and Wommack have started a school to provide activists with the practical skills they'll need to go out and put government "back in the position God wants it."

"The need for it is pretty simple," Barton explained. "A lot, in the Christian community, we hear about the Seven Mountains or the Seven Mountains of Influence and it really is the deal that when they went into the Promised Land, there were these seven mountains that had to be conquered and you look at them today and you say, well, that's business, that's education, that's government, that's media, that's whatever. One of them is government and that's something that we've stayed away from for a long time. Proverbs 29:2 says that when the wicked rule, the people groan; it doesn't take a hearing aid to hear all the groaning going on. It's because the righteous have not been involved."

Barton's school will train students in what the Bible teaches about the role and purpose of government so that "when they come out of here, [they] can go make a positive impact in restoring the nation, putting it back in the position God wants it, in a position that righteousness exalts a nation."

David Barton: If You Tithe, God Will Bless You With A Car That Goes 200,000 Miles

On a recent episode of his "Foundation of Freedom" series, David Barton explained to Glenn Beck how, if Christians tithe properly, they will find themselves being rewarded by God with cars that don't break down as often and clothing that will last longer before wearing out.

"Everybody is supposed to pay their 10 percent to God," Barton stated. "And we don't pay that because God needs it, Deuteronomy says you're to pay the tithe, you do that to learn to be Me first. God says the reason you pay the tithe is so that you learn to put Me at the top of what you do."

"I love the example with Cain and Abel," he continued, "he said that Abel brought the first fruits of the flocks and God was pleased with that. It said that Cain, in the course of time, brought the crops to God and God wasn't pleased with what Cain did. So when you do it first thing off of the top, God can really bless that. And I've seen that. We both tithe, we know the benefits of that, suddenly your cars go 200,000 miles rather than 80,000 miles, your clothes don't wear out as fast. It's what the Bible says, [the Israelites] went for 40 years and their sandals never wore out."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 3/25/16

  • Ted Cruz has accused "Donald Trump and his henchmen" of planting a false story in the National Enquirer alleging that Cruz has engaged in several extramarital affairs. Trump, of course, denies any involvement.
  • Speaking of Trump, Ben Carson is actually trying to take credit for supposedly convincing him to act more presidential. 
  • Timothy Buchanan says that Trump is the only one who can "break the back of an old political warhorse like El Diablo, Hillary Clinton."
  • Glenn Beck continues to insist that "no real Christian" would ever support Trump.
  • Finally, David Barton invites you to join him for his next "Pastors' Briefing," where you can hear various members of Congress discuss the importance of waging spiritual warfare:

David Barton Says Toyota's Prius Commercial Is Feeding A 'Distaste For Authority'

David Barton invited Bishop Harry Jackson on to his "WallBuilders Live" radio program today to promote his "Operation Blue Shield" effort, which seeks to bring "citizens, governments, law enforcement and first responders ... together to reduce crime."

Prior to interviewing Jackson, Barton lamented that American culture is feeding a "distaste for authority," pointing to a commercial run by Toyota during the Super Bowl featuring a group of bank robbers trying to outrun the police in a Prius.

"The distaste for authority that we're feeding in a very cultural way," he said. "If you look even at the Prius commercials that are running right now, they're humorous commercials, they're creative, but it all starts with some guys trying to rob a bank and while they were trying to rob the bank, their car got towed and so they have to jack a Prius and now the cops haven't been able to catch them. And so commercial after commercial, you've got the cops chasing these four guys in a Prius and the guys inside are just on a vacation, having fun. It all started with them robbing a bank! Now how is that a good deal? That's, again, breaking laws, rejecting authority, and so we're sending the wrong message all the way around."

Yet Again, David Barton Falsely Claims The Average Welfare Family Receives $61,000 A Year In Benefits

On his radio program last week, Glenn Beck dedicated a segment to ripping Donald Trump as a man who simply doesn't care about the truth of anything that he says, asserting that Trump is rarely called out for his lies and when, he is, neither he nor his supporters really even care about his rampant dishonesty.

"The truth doesn't matter to him," Beck said. "The truth is completely irrelevant to Donald Trump."

At the time, we thought that pretty much the same thing could be said about Beck's good pal, David Barton, who also seems to have no qualms about repeating demonstrable falsehoods over and over again because he knows that his supporters will reflexively accept anything he says while ignoring all the criticism that his work receives.

And nothing better demonstrates this very point than the most recent episode of Barton's "Foundations of Freedom" series, in which he was joined by none other than Glenn Beck and where he repeated, for the fourth time, his false claim that families on welfare receive $61,000 a year in government benefits.

"Right now, if you're on welfare in America," Barton stated, "there are 80 anti-poverty programs in America. Those 80 anti-poverty programs, spread out over the poor, the average amount that goes through those poverty programs to those who are designated to be poor,  $61,000 a year. The poor in America, right now, make more that the starting salary of a teacher in 11 states, more than the starting salary of a secretary in 39 states. If you're in Hawaii, unless you're making a salary of over $61,000 a year, there is no reason for you to get off poverty."

As we have pointed out every time we have heard Barton make this assertion, this entirely misleading claim was first put forth by the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee back in 2012 and was, as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explained, derived by relying on "a series of serious manipulations of the data that violate basic analytic standards and are used to produce a potentially inflammatory result."

But the simple fact that this claim is totally false is not going to stop Barton from endlessly repeating it ... nor will it stop Beck from gladly standing with him.

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