A Banner Year For David Barton: From Pseudo-Historian To Time Traveler

2014 was another banner year for David Barton, who once again managed to continue to spread his particular brand of Christian America pseudo-history and patently absurd statements around the world while somehow maintaining his reputation as a well-respected Religious Right activist and speaker.

Seemingly no amount of nonsense from Barton can diminish his standing among conservative Christian activists, so it was not particularly surprising to see him spend 2014 spreading misinformation and shoddy history without consequence.

Barton's quasi-theocractic political philosophy was at work throughout the year as he tried to argue that the Bible was the basis of our Constitution and warned Christians that not voting is evil because America's prosperity depends upon electing senators who will confirm godly judges.

Failure to do so, he warned, causes the entire nation to suffer.

Ungodly leaders like President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Barton said, are incapable of fighting terrorism because they have no moral compass. Even worse, their failure to adequately support Israel will result in God striking America with natural disasters.

After rejecting an effort to draft him to run for the U.S. Senate, Barton amazingly had no qualms about lecturing everyone else that refusing to run for office when asked is "pure selfishness." We can only guess what sort of legislation Sen. Barton would have proposed, given that he has repeatedly argued that the Bible should be the foundation of public education (which could go a long way toward explaining why Barton himself is apparently so bad at math.)

In addition to asserting that the Founding Fathers did not allow women to vote in order to "keep the family together," Barton also argued that Christians in America "have an inalienable right to marriage to be a man and a woman and no other combination."

Barton also praised Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" for being "quite graphic" when making controversial anti-gay statements because, in doing so, he made homosexuality seem "very repugnant, which is what it should be."

Predictably, Barton was once again a reliable source of a variety of laughably absurd assertions this year, such as the claim that families on welfare receive $61,000 a year in government benefits and his declaration that America must have "a biblical view on computer programming." But those pale in comparison to Barton's ridiculous claim that the Founding Fathers were well-versed in the theory of evolution and openly rejected it because it had really been established in 500 B.C.

Perhaps the most amazing feat Barton managed to pull of in 2014 was the invention of time travel, because that seems to be the only possible way in which he could manage to speak to more than 600 groups every year while also working fourteen hours a day on his ranch.

2014: The Year In Glenn Beck

Like last year, 2014 gave us another cavalcade of bold proclamations, failed predictions, bizarre conspiracy theories, and all-around craziness from Glenn Beck.

After starting off the year by declaring that he, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh would be hosting a massive pre-election "conservative summit" that never materialized, Beck spent a good bit of time patting himself on the back for supposedly being opposed to bigoted anti-gay laws being passed in Russia, while simultaneously aligning himself with bigoted anti-gay activists in America, including many who openly supported the very laws that Beck claimed to oppose.

But Beck couldn't be bothered to worry about that bit of hypocrisy when he was busy facing off against demonic powers that were trying to keep his network off television, probably because the network is being led by God, who had big plans and "absolute miracles" lined up for Beck this year.

As the year went on, Beck began to fancy himself as something of a prophet who had been sent by God to issue all sorts of dire warnings that were now all coming true. America has become engaged in full-fledged demon worship, he warned, and now Christians and God are under attack and the nation is just begging to be destroyed. Obviously, the Bible was the only possible solution and should serve as the foundation of our politics and our education system.

If the nation did not finally start listening to him, Beck warned, America was doomed.

Oddly, 2014 was also the year in which Beck openly soured on America, declaring that this nation is "the stink on the crap pile" and asserting that it has become a badge of "eternal dishonor" to be an American. At one point, Beck even threatened to burn an American flag because our society has gone completely insane and become a danger to the entire world.

One of the main reasons why America had become so terrible was because President Obama is a sociopath and a dictator who has been fomenting revolution and was on the verge of rounding up conservatives and sticking them in internment camps. Pretty soon, he warned, revolutionaries would begin pulling people from their cars and executing them in the streets.

And these sorts of warnings should obviously be taken seriously, because Beck has the ability to see the future, about two years ahead of everyone else.

None of these sorts of things would happen if Beck were president, he assured his audience, because he would be able to fix the problems in the Department of Veterans Affairs in an hour and would defeat ISIS by dropping a fuel air bomb on them and pounding the Middle East into glass.

Predictably, Beck was also a constant source of bizarre conspiracy theories and dire warnings, such as his theory that the missing Malaysian airplane had been hijacked for use in a terrorist attack against America and his warning that immigrants crossing the southern border would lead to an Israeli/Palestinian-type of conflict in the U.S.

In addition to delivering a few of his trademark incoherent messages, Beck also found time to praise parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated, accuse the Associated Press of "raping" Bill Cosby, liken the U.S. government to Nazi Germany and warn that America is headed toward mass starvation.

After predicting that the Ebola virus would become airborne and be brought into the United States by Nigerian prison workers, Beck then spent a week in October completely freaking out after a handful of American healthcare workers contracted the disease, warning that it could spell the end for this nation and telling his audience not the listen to anything the government says. Instead, Beck called upon millions of Americans to march on Washington demanding a ban on travel from West African nations, screaming that failure to do so was "literally going to be the death of us all."

Perhaps the biggest story of the year was Beck's revelation that for several years he had been suffering from a variety of mysterious ailments that nearly ended his career, but somehow instead merely convinced him to re-focus his energies on becoming the Walt Disney of Jesus movies.

All the while, hanging over Beck's head has been a defamation lawsuit brought against him by a victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing whom Beck repeatedly asserted was actually an al Qaeda operative responsible for orchestrating the attack. Beck's lawyers tried to get the case dismissed, but their novel legal arguments failed to persuade the judge, who has allowed the suit to move forward.

Rather fittingly, Beck closed out the year with a special television program in which he sent a dire message from forty years in the dystopian future, recounting how 2014 was the year in which "we all went dead inside" and the entire world began to completely fall apart:

Stan Solomon: 'The Next Time There's A Die-In, Make Sure They're Dead'

Gun Owners of America’s executive director, Larry Pratt, once again egged on an unhinged violent rant from Internet talk show host Stan Solomon this week, this time as Solomon urged police officers to kill nonviolent protesters demonstrating against police violence.

In an interview posted online yesterday, Solomon and Pratt discussed the assassination of two police officers in New York last week, which they blamed on demonstrators.

Solomon, trying to give Pratt cover by saying “Larry will not condone this” suggested, “The next time there’s a die-in, make sure they’re dead. The next time they block the road, run their asses over. I think it will slow down.”

“Well, it’s a very confrontational mentality that we’re dealing with,” Pratt responded, “and at some point the police will have to come to the conclusion that it’s us or them.”

He went on to suggest that the protests would create “no-go zones” in cities where police would refuse to enter: “If they’re going to have to deal with an enemy terrain where a lot of people, and they can’t sort out ahead of time who’s the enemy and who is not, I think that’s going to lead to the conclusion that ‘I’m not going in there.’”

Klingenschmitt Praises Fayetteville For Repealing Non-Discrimination Ordinance By Voting 'Against The Devil'

Earlier this month, residents in Fayetteville, Arkansas, voted to repeal a non-discrimination ordinance that anti-gay activists claimed would have allowed male sex offenders to use women's restrooms. Now, Gordon Klingenschmitt is predictably elated that Christians in the city stood up and voted "against the Devil."

Klingenschmitt praised the vote on a recent "Pray In Jesus Name" program, saying that the ordinance was the result of a demonic spirit of anti-Christian persecution that seek to force Christians to "fork over their children" so they can be indoctrinated into sin.

But fortunately, Klingenschmitt said, Christians in Fayetteville "took a stand ... and voted 52-48 against the Devil" by repealing the non-discrimination ordinance:

WorldNetDaily: Ferguson Protests Are The New 'Birth Of A Nation,' Will Cause Whites To 'Strike Back'

“What if whites strike back?” asks WorldNetDaily’s Mychal Massie in a column today in which he argues that people protesting police violence against African Americans are perpetuating anti-black racism in the same way as the infamous film “Birth of a Nation.” This, Massie claims, will cause whites (who he says are being "unfairly villified" by the protests) to turn to violence against African Americans.

“[I]f a phony movie was able to give rise to at least two generations of condemnation of blacks, what will the in-your-face belligerent hostilities so many of them exhibit today ultimately result in?” he demands.

It would serve race mongers well to consider that even a docile old dog will bite you if you mistreat it often enough and long enough. Tangential to same is the reality of the “laws of unintended consequences.”

I’m tired of seeing, reading and hearing white people blamed for everything from black boys not being able to read to whites being privileged because of the color of their skin. If I am tired of these Americans being used as scapegoats to further the agenda of race mongers, then it is a sure bet that those being unjustly vilified are especially weary of same.

To put it succinctly, the single greatest non-biblical truth today is that many times the majority of blacks are their own worst enemies. Many blacks go through life with a chip on their shoulder and bad attitudes toward whites. Many blacks growing up in dysfunctional single-parent or no-parent homes are loathe to realize that their lives are the result of bad decisions made by their families that adversely affect their adulthood – it’s not the white man.

But as I said, there is a thing called “the laws of unintended consequences.” To that end, sooner or later a pendulum reaches its arc and starts to swing back in the other direction.

How long before white people, many of whom are growing increasingly resentful at being falsely maligned, decide to respond in kind? How much longer will whites stand by and allow the likes of Sharpton and Obama to continually cast them as racist villains?

If the 1915 silent movie “The Birth of a Nation” by D.W. Griffith, which depicted blacks as unintelligent and sexual predators of white women (which was a lie), gave rise to the resurrection of the Ku Klux Klan, what can we expect to be brought about by the heathen behavior of many blacks today?

Many blacks are quick to attack those of us who condemn the untoward, barbaric behavior of some blacks. They curse us for not glossing over their behavior and for not engaging in “blame whitey.” But if a phony movie was able to give rise to at least two generations of condemnation of blacks, what will the in-your-face belligerent hostilities so many of them exhibit today ultimately result in?

America has figuratively bent over backward to assuage its perceived guilt, but for many blacks that is not good enough. They accuse and self-alienate but do nothing to incorporate the greatness of America into their lives.

How much longer will America allow blacks to vilify those who have done them no harm – even as blacks attack, terrorize and condemn those who truly do just want to get along?

Boykin: 'Defeat Islam' By Telling Muslims They're Sinning

Last week, the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios interviewed Family Research Council vice president Jerry Boykin and self-proclaimed ex-terrorist Kamal Saleem about their new novel, “The Coalition.”

Boykin — who as a high-ranking Pentagon official was rebuked by President George W. Bush for giving speeches framing anti-terrorism efforts as a holy war between Christianity and Islam — told Rios that American Christians are God’s “warriors” in an effort to “defeat Islam” by “bringing the light of the Gospel to the Islamic world.”

He said that Christians have to tell Muslims that they are “sinning” just as one would tell a son living with his girlfriend that he is not “okay with God”:

“We have to stand against evil. It’s like when your neighbor is sinning and do you love him, do you love him enough to tell him he’s sinning? Do you love him enough, one of your children, to tell them that what they’re doing is wrong, living with his girlfriend is a sin? Do you love him that much or are you going to take the easy way out and not tell him and let him go on thinking that he’s okay with God because he really loves this girl he’s living with?”

“We’ve got to love the Muslims enough to stand up against the evil that we see them perpetrating in the name of Allah, but at the same time we’ve got to offer them the Gospel of Jesus Christ in one way or another,” he added.

Barber: Non-Discrimination Policies Are Discriminatory Against Christians

After refusing to comply with San Jose State University’s non-discrimination policy earlier this year, the school’s InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter lost its status as an officially recognized campus organization and Matt Barber is outraged, fuming on a recent "Faith and Freedom" radio program that Christians are becoming open targets for discrimination all over America.

As Barber sees it, not allowing Christians to discriminate against gays is itself discrimination against Christians.

"It's an excuse to discriminate against Christians," Barber said of such non-discrimination policies, "that's all it is and it's stupid. It's just plain stupid. Imagine going to the African American organization on your campus and saying that you have to allow an open, avowed white supremacist as the leader of this African American organization, maybe a student branch of the NAACP. That is no different than what we are talking about here, but because it's Christians, and this is the truth, really the last group here in the United States that is fair game, that is an open target for discrimination such as this are Christians":

Larry Klayman: Obama 'Dismantled This Country' As 'Payback' For Racial Discrimination

Judicial Watch founder and litigious anti-Obama crusader Larry Klayman claimed in an interview with Newsmax yesterday that President Obama’s remarks on income inequality are a sign that “he sees everything in terms of race and religion” and that he has “dismantled this country in many ways as a payback” for discrimination against African Americans.

Claiming that Obama has nothing to do with the economic recovery, Klayman repeated his claim that Obama has an ideological “kinship” with Cuba’s Castro brothers.

“If you’re talking about income equality all the time, that’s what he’s talking about, he believes in his heart, he sees everything in terms of race and religion,” he said. “And in my view, and this may sound harsh, but I think people are starting to believe it, is that he believes that this country had to pay back for years of invidious discrimination to African Americans — and it was terrible discrimination, I agree — and he has dismantled this country in many ways as a payback. And also with the Muslim world, he doesn’t like Israel, he’s done everything he can to harm them.”

“I don’t mean this in a racial way, but all of us are equal, we’re all the same and he favors what he considers to be his people over everybody else,” he added. “It wasn’t right when white people did it to African Americans, it’s not right that he’s now doing it to others in this country.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 12/23/14

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 12/23/14

  • Gov. Bobby Jindal is inviting pastors to attend his "The Response" prayer rally by telling them that "the time has come for pastors to lead the way and reset the course of American governance."
  • The IRS investigation carried out by House Republicans did not find any link to the White House.
  • In a long and rambling Facebook post, Glenn Beck lays out his theory that The Hobbits are a lot like Americans ... or something.
  • A Canadian judge has found Peter LaBarbera not guilty of "mischief" after he was arrested there earlier this year.
  • Don Boys says Christians are under attack from "heathens, homosexuals, and humanists."
  • Finally, Mike Huckabee is apparently set to be a guest on Jim Bakker's television program early next year.
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