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Right Wing Round-Up - 3/14/16

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  • Ken Meyer @ Mediaite: Carson Blames Liberal Protesters for Trump Rally Violence; Their Tactics Could Cause ‘Escalation’.
  • Warren Throckmorton: David Barton Condemns Guilt By Association Now That Ted Cruz Is The Target.

David Barton Claims That 'Biblical Teachings' Have Reduced Violent Crime In Las Vegas By 75 Percent

Last month, right-wing psuedo-historian David Barton appeared on "The Patriot and The Preacher" radio program, where he claimed that "biblical teachings" were responsible for a 75 percent reduction in violent crime in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Barton said that he was "a math and science guy" before God "providentially" led him into the study of American history, prompting him to reiterate his claim that it was in this capacity that he discovered that the removal of mandatory prayer from public schools was responsible for a steep decline in academic achievement. For example, Barton believes that the end of school-sponsored prayer led to a significant drop in SAT scores.

Barton claimed that he could prove this via "double causation," which he later called "double correlation," by showing that just as removing organized prayer from public schools leads to lower test scores, adding the "God factor" to schools increases test scores.

"There appears to be a God factor in this thing," he said, "and we were able to document actually 47 categories of government-kept statistics that plummeted at that point in time when we told God to take a hike. Apparently He did and it hasn't worked out too well for us since then. But when God is reintroduced back into policy, for instance, in Las Vegas, the churches there worked with the police department to teach morals in the city, the violent crime rate has gone down 75 percent in Las Vegas by the reintroduction of biblical teachings back in the city through the police department and the churches."

As usual, it is almost impossible to determine where Barton is getting this information since he never bothers to cite any sources, but our best guess is that he is referring to a recent documentary called "Vegas Vikings" about a community outreach effort that claims to have reduced the crime rate by 75 percent in one Las Vegas neighborhood.

Right Wing Round-Up - 3/10/16

David Barton Falsely Claims He's Been Labeled A Hate Group By The FBI

Last month, David Barton spoke at a Christian men's conference called "Testing of the Bulls," where he falsely claimed that his WallBuilders organization has been designated as a hate group by the FBI for opposing gay marriage.

"In this culture, in this day," Barton said, "if you speak out, you will be attacked. There is no question about it. The other side has found one of the greatest political tools that exists is being able to harass you for what you believe and what you say, so we don't want to say certain things."

Barton then once again repeated his false claim that a nondiscrimination ordinance passed in San Antonio, Texas, fines Christians who oppose marriage equality $500 a day and prohibits them from serving in public office, before claiming that he's now been tagged as a hate group by the FBI.

"Look me up," he said. "The FBI has got me on their site. I'm one of the hate groups in America. They just came out with a new list for this year, I'm on the list as a hate group because I think marriage should be between a man and a woman."

For some reason, that elicited a rousing round of applause from the audience as Barton then claimed that "they use my name at military briefings when they talk about domestic terrorists."

None of this, of course, is true. Barton was merely once listed as one of "30 new activists heading up the Religious Right" in a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center but has somehow managed to spin that out into a claim that he's been labeled a domestic terrorist by the federal government.

David Barton And Michele Bachmann Explain Why Christians Must Only Elect 'God-Conscious People'

On the latest episode of his "Foundations of Freedom" series, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton was once again joined by former Rep. Michele Bachmann to discuss the topic of "God and government" and how "we, as a nation, have a duty not to be secular."

God and religion are to be infused through all of society and government, Barton and Bachmann said, explaining that the best way to achieve that result is by electing Christians.

"We need to elect people to office who are willing to acknowledge God," Barton said, "because if they're secular going in, they're not going to protect your liberties."

"Amen," replied Bachmann, saying that Christians should "elect people who are pre-lobbied to do the right thing." The easiest way to do that, she said, is for Christians to gather together groups of 25 or 50 voters and then ask candidates for public office to come and speak to them so that they can ask those candidates about their views.

Barton supported that idea because "that's an easy way to find out whether they're God-conscious people and if they're not, you don't want them in government because they'll take your liberties."

"And that's the point," Bachmann declared. "You are more protected in this society if you have people who respect the law and who respect the Lawgiver than if you have someone who believes they are law unto themselves. That's what we want!"

Right Wing Round-Up - 3/7/16

David Barton Says It's The Role Of Judges To 'Render Judgment For God'

On the latest episode in his "Foundations of Freedom" series, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton asserted that the judiciary has lost its way because judges and juries have forgotten that they are to "render judgement for God" and rule according to the Bible.

Barton, who heads a super PAC backing Ted Cruz, and Vanderbilt professor Carol Swain, who serves on the Cruz campaign's "Religious Liberty Advisory Council," were discussing the topic of "the Bible and the judiciary" when Barton declared that people no longer trust the judiciary because "judges themselves have left God out of the picture," which Swain blamed on the fact that judges are being "educated at institutions where they come out as secular humanists, and so there's no fear of God."

"God is a god of justice," Barton said, "and when judges forget that they render judgement for God, you no longer get justice in courts."

'Blacks Were Not Able To Free Themselves, Whites Did': David Barton Credits Whites For Ending Slavery

Glenn Beck had right-wing pseudo-historian and Ted Cruz super PAC operative David Barton on his television program last night to honor Black History Month by uncovering the "real" history of race relations in America. Barton's coverage of this issue was, as always, laughably one-sided and misleading, as he spent a good deal of the opening segment relating tales of white slave owners who supposedly had such friendly relationships with their slaves that they didn't even consider them to be slaves, but rather members of the family.

The slaves, of course, were quite aware that they were slaves but "the whites just thought they were one of the family," as Barton put it, apparently believing that that somehow proves that race relations were not nearly as bad during the founding era as is commonly believed.

Nothing better exemplifies Barton's warped historical view than the fact that he credits white members of Congress and white voters for passing the 13th and 14th Amendments which ended slavery and granted citizenship to former slaves, respectively.

"I love the fact that in these early paintings you have, it's black and white together," Barton declared. "We didn't have what we have today where we have to break you into groups somehow. Yeah, there was bad and ugly down in the South, but my gosh, why not teach the good?"

Barton then picked up a diary owned by a former slave named Richard Allen who he paraphrased as having declared that "so much of the credit that blacks owed was for whites having gone to bat and doing things for them."

"Blacks were not able to free themselves, whites did," Barton stated. "When you get the 13th Amendment, you know, it was nothing but two-thirds of the House, whites in the House were the only ones voting, two-thirds of the whites in the house, two-thirds of the whites in the Senate and three-fourths of the whites in the states that ratified the 13th Amendment to end slavery. And then you have the 14th Amendment, it was nothing but two-thirds of the whites in the House, two-thirds of the whites in the Senate, three-fourths of the whites [in the states.] And so the notion that it's black against white is not borne out by history, but we have made it that way in the way we portray history."

Of course, "blacks were not able to free themselves" because many were slaves who had no rights. Crediting whites for eventually ending that system while pretending that whites and blacks had a congenial and equitable relationship all along is utterly absurd.

'Get A Brain': Michele Bachmann Says A 'Biblical Basis For Society' Is The Key To Happiness

On the latest episode of his "Foundations of Freedom" series, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton was once again joined by former Rep. Michele Bachmann, this time for a discussion on "The Bible, Competition and Choice."

The two agreed that God created competition, within a biblical framework, for the good of mankind and Bachmann helpfully summed up the entire discussion by saying that anyone who cannot see that needs to "get a brain."

"You could summarize it by saying, 'Get a brain," Bachmann said. "I mean, that's kind of what it is. Get a brain and figure it out. Don't you want to live better? Don't you want to be more prosperous? Don't you want to be happier? Don't you want to be free? Don't you want poor people to do well? Don't you want to love your neighbor? If you want all those things, David, you would embrace competition with both arms and you'd want a biblical basis for your society just like the Pilgrims, through their example, gave us, that they embraced for us, just like George Washington and the founders, when they dedicated this nation to God at the inauguration, in the very first seconds of life of this country."

'Please Don't Mock This Warning': Glenn Beck Again Warns That Failure To Elect Ted Cruz Will Lead To Violent Revolution

Glenn Beck, who is once again out on the road campaigning for Ted Cruz, hosted his radio show remotely today from Nevada, where he and David Barton, the right-wing pseudo-historian who is running a pro-Cruz super PAC, fretted over Cruz's third-place finish in the South Carolina primary over the weekend and warned that exit polls show that America is headed for a violent revolution within the next ten years.

Beck, who is currently in the middle of "a fast for Ted Cruz, our country and the Nevada caucus," repeated the warning that he made on his program earlier this month, when he predicted that the election of anyone other than Cruz will result in America descending into revolution within the next decade. Barton agreed, saying that poll results have convinced him that the threat of violent revolution is a very "real thing."

"I want to make sure that you hear this because the media will spin this out of control and they'll make it into another crazy conspiracy theory," Beck said, "but I just want to point out: 1999, I talked about Osama bin Laden in New York and said that their would be blood and bodies in the streets and the signature would be Osama bin Laden and nobody believed me; in 2006 and 2007, I talked to you about the financial crash, a crash of biblical proportions based on the housing market; I told you that there would be a caliphate and everybody mocked that. I'm telling you, we are on the path for revolution and a violent revolution. Right now, we're talking about a velvet revolution, but if we make the wrong choice at this point - and I'll make this case based on the polls and what we're seeing and nobody in the media ... they're going to mock it. Don''t mock this warning! Please, don't mock this warning."

The David Barton School Of Political Science Is Now An Actual Thing

Ecclesia College, a Christian college in Arkansas, is excited to announce that in the fall of 2016, it will be launching the David Barton School of Political Science!

Seriously

Ecclesia College is excited to announce the launch of the new David Barton School of Political Science. The school’s initial degree offering will be a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, beginning in the Fall of 2016, and available either on campus or online.

Our degree in Political Science prepares students for employment in politics, public administration, and public policy – careers that can allow you to influence the course of history. Build a foundation of knowledge in American politics while learning how to integrate your Christian faith into the public arena from faculty currently practicing in the profession. You will examine, analyze, and debate relevant issues in current affairs and policy-making through the lens of a biblical worldview. Complete your degree by applying your newly-developed understanding and skills with an internship in local or state government to gain hands-on exposure to policy-making and cultural development.

Come learn to make history.

Barton, the right-wing pseudo-historian whose work is so shoddy that his latest book was pulled by its publisher, sits upon the Ecclesia board of regents and is thrilled to annouce the new political science program bearing his name:

Right Wing Round-Up - 2/19/16

Does David Barton Have A Ph.D.? Even He Doesn't Seem To Know

Last year, we posted a clip of Glenn Beck claiming that his good friend, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton of WallBuilders, possessed a Ph.D. in history and education. As we noted at the time, that must have come as a surprise to Barton himself, since just months earlier he had admitted that he does not have a Ph.D.

It seems that Beck is not the only one confused about this issue, as Barton appeared on TheDove TV's "Focus Today" program earlier this week and asserted that he both does and does not have a Ph.D. In fact, Barton only has bachelor's degree in Christian education from Oral Roberts University.

Barton was promoting the re-release of his book "The Jefferson Lies," which was pulled by its original publisher back in 2012 due to concerns to its factual inaccuracies, when he was asked by host Perry Atkinson how academics react to his work.

"Usually they say, 'You haven't been trained in history, you don't have a Ph.D.,'" Barton replied. "Well, that's true. All I've got is the original documents. I'm sorry, I don't have a Ph.D.; actually, I do have a Ph.D. but I've got the original documents as well. I just don't consider myself an academic; I consider myself a lover of truth."

As far as we know, the only "Ph.D." that Barton possess is an Honorary Doctorate of Letters he received several years ago from Pensacola Christian College. 

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Bryan Fischer Wants Every Member Of Congress To Have To Pass A Test Administered By David Barton Before Taking Office

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer took a call from a listener who suggested that every lawyer that works for the federal government ought to be required to attend and pass a class taught by right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton before being hired.

Fischer, of course, thought that was a great idea and suggested that it ought to apply to every member of Congress as well.

"I like your idea," Fischer told the caller. "Everybody, before they take their seat in the halls of Congress, ought to pass an exam on the history of the United States and on the Constitution of the United States administered by David Barton and WallBuilders. I mean, that ought to be a minimum."

"Let's see to it," he declared, "that every congressman has to pass a test on the history of the United States and the Constitution administered by our good friends at WallBuilders."

Michele Bachmann Says Progressive Taxation Causes People To Violate The Ten Commandments

In the latest episode of his "Foundations of Freedom" series, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton was once again joined by Michele Bachmann, who railed against the progressive income tax as an unbliblical system that causes Americans to violate the Ten Commandments.

Barton and Bachmann, a former Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, were discussing the topic of "economics and the Bible" and spent most of the program attacking progressive taxation for violating the economic laws set out in the Bible by placing Americans into different groups and tax brackets instead of treating them as individuals. 

"God loves the individual," Bachmann said, "and He wants the individual to succeed, He wants the family to succeed. And when government stops looking at us as an individual with a name and now we become a number, in other words, we become a part of a group association, then what's dangerous about that is if our group association isn't pleasing to the current government power, you get whacked!"

After Barton cited a Supreme Court case striking down the income tax prior to the passage of the 16th Amendment, Bachmann warned that a progressive income tax is unbliblical because it encourages the government to tax the rich to benefit the poor, which makes people covet their neighbor's possessions in violation of the Tenth Commandment.

"Just look at any campaign commercial on TV," Bachmann said. "It's appealing to the lower interests of man and it appeals to the American people to violate the Tenth Commandment. We are told, don't covet; in other words, don't be jealous and don't want what your neighbor has. Your neighbor had to work for what he has and don't be jealous of your neighbor, get out and work yourself. Instead, politicians say, 'Oh no, no, your neighbor is rich because he stole it from you.' That's not true, it's a lie, and so does anyone benefit from that thinking? Absolutely not. The Bible is exactly right."

Right Wing Round-Up - 2/8/16

Beyond The Pale: Ted Cruz Puts Extremists At The Center Of His Campaign

Before winning the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Ted Cruz won a straw poll of Religious Right leaders who were determined to coalesce behind a single candidate before voting went underway. Since then, hardly a week has gone by without the Cruz campaign announcing the support of a new right-wing leader, on top of the campaign’s frequent suggestions that the Texas Republican has divine support for his presidential bid.

It seems that no figure is too extreme to be embraced by Cruz, including those who would wish to see the government putting their adversaries to death.

Last Fall, Cruz appeared in Iowa alongside a pastor who has called for the government to use the death penalty to punish homosexuality. Not stung from the criticism he received for courting the radical pastor, Kevin Swanson, Cruz he later released a statement touting the support of an anti-abortion extremist, Troy Newman, who has said that a just government would punish abortion providers with death. Again facing criticism, Cruz doubled down and appointed Newman co-chair of his “pro-life coalition.”

As it turned out, Newman was just one of the first of many extremists whose support has been touted by Cruz’s campaign.

Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, an anti-LGBT hate group, helped coalesce Religious Right support behind Cruz and campaigned with the senator in Iowa. Cruz apparently sees it as helpful to campaign alongside Perkins, who has defended Uganda’s “kill-the-gays” bill and claimed that gay rights advocates are pawns of the Devil.

Perkins joined Cruz on the trail in Iowa along with Glenn Beck, the conspiracy theory radio host; David Barton, the right-wing pseudo-historian who heads one of the leading pro-Cruz super PACs and who, like Beck, has declared Cruz to be God’s answer to his prayers; reality TV star Phil Robertson, notorious for making bigoted remarks; James Dobson, the anti-gay radio personality who founded Focus on the Family; Rep. Steve King, the congressman known for his anti-gay and anti-immigrant tirades; Bob Vander Plaats, the Iowa political organizer who describes homosexuality as a “public health risk” similar to smoking; and far-right radio broadcaster Steve Deace.

Other endorsers touted by the Cruz campaign have included North Carolina activists who have referred to gay people as Satan’s minions; a North Carolina pastor who has likened gay people to “maggots” and linked them to Ebola; an Oklahoma preacher who warns that homosexuality is part of a demonic communist conspiracy to bring down America; a Virginia radio host who has blamed gays for everything from terrorism to train derailments; and a Virginia lawmaker who has sponsored an assortment of bizarre anti-gay bills.

Most recently, Cruz welcomed the endorsement of Mike Bickle, the leader of a church that many have criticized for using cult-like practices, who has referred to Oprah Winfrey as a harbinger of the Antichrist, called gay rights as a Satanic plot that will usher in the End Times, and explained that Adolf Hitler was raised up by God to be a “hunter” of Jews.

Cruz’s decision to tout such radical activists — not to mention his own extreme policy positions, such as promising to defy the Supreme Court on marriage equality and abortion rights — is no accident, as he is basing his campaign strategy on the hope that he can motivate tens of millions of conservative evangelicals to go to the polls.

With Cruz now seemingly working his way into front-runner status, we fully expect to see him pick up more, and even more radical, Religious Right endorsements as the GOP primary heats up.

David Barton Falsely Claims Justice Breyer Acknowledged That 'The Bill Of Rights Came Out Of The Bible'

Last year, we posted a clip of David Barton falsely claiming that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer had stated in a court decision that "we all know that all of our due processes clauses in our Bill of Rights came out of the Bible." At the time, Barton failed to cite the case in which Breyer supposedly made this assertion, but we guessed that Barton was citing Breyer's 1999 concurrence in Lilly v. Virginia, in which he stated that "the right of an accused to meet his accusers face-to-face is mentioned in, among other things, the Bible, Shakespeare, and 16th and 17th century British statutes, cases, and treatises."

As we noted at the time, Breyer was not asserting that "all of our due process in our Bill of Rights came out of the Bible," but was simply acknowledging that the right to face one's accuser is mentioned in the Bible and elsewhere.

Of course, Barton is never one to let the facts get in the way of promoting his agenda and so we were not surprised to see Barton repeat this claim in his most recent episode of his "Foundations of Freedom" series, where he actually exaggerated Breyer's point even further to now claim that Breyer had asserted that "we know all of the Bill of Rights came out of the Bible":

In this instance, Barton actually cited the supposed source, which was indeed the Lilly v. Virginia decision and which anyone can look up and read for themselves to see that Breyer in no way made the assertion that Barton initially claimed last year, much less the even more outrageously false version that Barton put forth in his most recent DVD series. 

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