It seems that Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt never meets an anti-Obama conspiracy theory that he doesn’t like. So, when an InfoWars host last month told Pratt about a conspiracy theory that the Department of Veterans Affairs is arbitrarily disarming veterans and throwing them into psychiatric hospitals – a chain-email driven rumor that has been strongly debunked by a number of conservative bloggers – Pratt declared it “a return to Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia” and suggested that Congress defund the VA in retaliation.
Earlier in the interview, Pratt discussed his theory that President Obama is using health care reform as part of a communist plot to destroy America: “The communist understands that you have to destroy the existing system before you can rebuild paradise on the rubble that they have created in their revolution.”
While David Barton’s egregiously bad and outright dishonest scholarship makes him a laughable figure among historians, as Politico’s Stephanie Simon points out, his work continues to be popular among conservative activists and GOP politicians. Barton, himself a leader of the Texas Republican Party, pushes an avowedly partisan take on history while at the same time claiming that any criticism of his work is politically-motivated.
Although Barton’s biggest critics include scholars from conservative and evangelical institutions, Republican leaders don’t seem to mind Barton’s routinely debunked claims about the nation’s founding era. In fact, the widely discredited claim at the core of Barton’s historical analysis -- that the Founding Fathers were all evangelical Christians who would’ve even been farther to the right than the average Tea Party member -- is exactly what makes him an esteemed figure on the right.
Simon mentions that Barton will undoubtedly have a significant role in the upcoming Republican presidential primary and has earned the praise of potential candidates including Ted Cruz, commentators such as Glenn Beck and key GOP figures in Iowa.
But what Barton lacks in credentials as a real historian he makes up for with absolute confidence in his work, so much so that Simon writes that analysts believe he “brings an air of sober-minded scholarship to the culture wars.”
Examples of Barton’s “sober-minded scholarship” include his beliefs that:
While Ted Cruz said that he is “not in a position to opine on academic disputes between historians,” he would do well to remember that this is irrelevant when it comes to David Barton, who is not a historian at all.
William Murray’s Government Is Not God PAC is predictably upset that the Treasury Department and the IRS, in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision that struck down the federal component of DOMA, will recognize legally married same-sex couples.
The conservative group said the decision was just more proof that Obama is a “tyrant,” lamenting that “in more rational times, he would already have been impeached and removed from office” for pursuing “his socialist, Islamist, and pro-homosexual agendas.”
It should come as no surprise that Obama has just exceeded his authority to redefine marriage under federal law.
The U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services are going to recognize homosexual marriages even in states that define marriage as a one-man, one-woman union.
According to Ryan Anderson, with The Heritage Foundation:
The agencies announced that they will recognize same-sex couples as married provided that they were married in states that have redefined marriage, even if they now reside in states that retain the historical definition of marriage. As Treasury and IRS put it, “The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.”
Given the Supreme Court’s ruling on Section 3 of DOMA, the federal government should look to each state’s definition of marriage as governing for federal law. This respects both federalism and democratic self-government. A bad Supreme Court ruling should not allow federal bureaucrats to redefine marriage across America for their agency.
But, of course, since Obama views the Constitution as an impediment to his socialist, Islamist, and pro-homosexual agendas, he will impose his policies on Americans without regard for the legality of whatever he wishes to do. A leader who operates this way is called a tyrant. In more rational times, he would already have been impeached and removed from office. But, don’t expect that to happen – especially since the Senate is still under the control of the Obama clone Harry Reid.
Over the weekend, Politico ran a profile of David Barton which pointed out that he remains extremely popular with the Religious Right and members of Congress, despite the fact that he is the author of the "least credible history book in print" and his "scholarship" is laughable.
The piece noted that even his supporters have been forced to secretly edit videos and programs posted on their websites in order to remove some of Barton's more egregious falsehoods, yet they continue to stand by him, as Barton brags that the mounting evidence of his fundamentally inaccurate history has not damaged his reputation one iota:
During their campaign to point out the errors in Barton’s work, his Christian critics asked two of the nation’s biggest evangelical advocacy groups, the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family, to stop promoting his faulty scholarship.
The FRC responded by quietly pulling from its website a popular video showcasing clips of Barton leading one of his Capitol tours. FRC Vice President Kenyn Cureton said the video was removed because of “a few historical inaccuracies.”
But the group continues to promote Barton elsewhere on its website as a “good friend” and “close ally.”
Focus on the Family, meanwhile, edited two videos on its website featuring a lengthy interview Barton gave to Focus radio. The editing deleted a segment in which Barton declares that Congress printed the first English-language Bible in America — and intended it to be used in schools. That’s one of Barton’s signature stories — it’s a highlight in his Capitol tour — but historians who have reviewed the documentation say it’s simply not true. Focus also cut an inaccurate anecdote about a contemporary legal case, which Barton cited to make the point that society today punishes people of faith.
Asked why the videos were edited, Carrie Gordon Earll, a senior director of public policy at Focus on the Family, at first said they had not been, though before-and-after footage can be publicly viewed on websites archiving Focus broadcasts. Earll then said she could not comment beyond a statement noting that Focus “has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with David Barton” and respects his “broad base of knowledge” about early American history.
In an interview with POLITICO, Barton said his remarks were sometimes taken out of context but defended his scholarship as impeccable.
And he said the controversy last summer did no damage to his standing, “not at all.”
If anyone knows anything about taking things out of context, it would be Barton, since that is a central feature of his "scholarship."
As you probably already know, no organization in the country talks more about the issue of homosexuality than the American Family Association. Even gay rights groups talk about LGBT issues less than AFA spokespeople like Bryan Fischer. But it seems that until now the AFA has not uncovered the “real problem” behind gay rights. The group even took issue sprinter Tyson Gay’s name.
But the wait is over. Today, AFA blogger Ray Rooney Jr. writes a column entitled “The Real Problem With Homosexuality.”
According to Rooney, the real reason homosexuality is wrong — no, it’s not that gays are Nazi Stormtroopers — is because gay people want everyone to know that they have sex with someone of the same sex.
Unlike “normal people” (read: heterosexuals), who never disclose that they have sex with someone of the opposite sex, gays just want to “broadcast to the world the details of their sex lives.”
“I am fed up with the gay community,” Rooney complains, because he is “just sick of hearing about how one group of people demand that everyone in the world accept who they have sex with!”
What I find perverse about homosexuality is the insistence from the gay community that I should know about their sexual proclivities. Normal people understand that sex is an extremely intimate and therefore private act. I would find it troubling, if not disgusting, for anyone to talk publicly about what kind of sex they like to practice. Normal people do not want to broadcast to the world the details of their sex lives. There is something wrong with those who want complete strangers to know who they like to have sex with.
Medical statistics tell me homosexuality is unhealthy. My Christian faith teaches me it is unrighteous. Common sense tells me it is unfruitful and unnatural. But none of that is why I am fed up with the gay community. I’m just sick of hearing about how one group of people demand that everyone in the world accept who they want to have sex with!
I wonder if all the stories making the news today about bakers and florists being forced to cater to homosexuals would be stories but for people announcing who they like to have sex with? I mean, did the offended customers come in and ask for a wedding cake or flowers for their wedding and were denied service because they looked like homosexuals? Or did the customer come in and announce their sexual preference and then demand service? I suspect the latter.
I believe homosexuality is wrong. Just like I believe adultery and sex outside of marriage is wrong. But even though I believe I have good reasons for opposing homosexuality as a normative lifestyle based on science, medicine, and faith, that is not why I strongly oppose it. I believe anyone who insists everyone know what they do in their bedroom and with whom is perverse. Normal people do not define themselves solely on the basis of who they are sexually attracted to.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) appeared on Washington Watch yesterday with Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, where he spent most of his time asserting that Republicans have a mandate to defund Obamacare because they did so well in the 2010 midterms and never mind that whole election last November.
After Jordan insisted that the GOP-led House should strip funding from Obamacare by using the budget and debt ceiling debates as leverage, the Religious Right leader came up with a brilliant plan to tell President Obama that Congress will only approve military action against Syria if the money comes out of Obamacare: “You could even take it to the issue of Syria. If the President wants to expend resources in going into Syria, maybe you should have to choose between funding Obamacare and funding a war in Syria, can’t do both.”
Of course, conservative leaders were not as concerned with the trillions of dollars spent in the Iraq war.
Today on "WallBuilders Live," David Barton returned to one of his favorite themes: that all true science and knowledge must correspond to the Bible.
As Barton has said before, all science that contradicts the Bible is false science. As such, it will eventually be realized that things like salt are good for you because that is what the Bible says; in fact, you can basically just take all of your healthcare recommendations straight from Bible.
Today, Barton added that everything the Bible says on every issue will eventually be confirmed by science:
Barton: If God tells you to do it, I guarantee you at some point they will find scientific evidence on why that it is the right thing to do. It may be against the culture, it may not make any sense, who knows what, it doesn't matter.
And we have learned, after years of doing this and seeing literally thousands of stories like this that, you know what, if it's in the Bible, science is eventually going to show that that's the right stuff and the right thing to do.
If God says it and it's in the Scriptures, I don't care if its homosexuality or marriage, I don't care whether it's economics or debt, I don't care whether it's education and studies; if God says to do it, it's going to be the right thing to do and it will help me and benefit me.
Rick Green: And eventually it will be proven out. Whether it's six months or six hundred years, at some point it's going to get proven out.
Obviously, it is now only a matter of time before modern science conclusively proves that adulterers, homosexuals, heathens, blasphemers, and rebellious children must be put to death, just like the Bible says.