August 2012

Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 08/22/2012, 1:40pm
As David Barton has been fighting to salvage his reputation over the last few weeks, one of the main claims that he and his supporters are making is that the disputes over the veracity of Barton's work all boil down to simple matters of interpretation. Rick Green, for instance, claims that the attacks on Barton are nothing more than "empty rhetoric using the tiniest of semantics over one fact out of thousands to try and discredit the entire premise of the book." In Green's view, people are just nitpicking Barton's work because they disagree with his interpretation of facts ...... MORE
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 08/22/2012, 12:20pm
Today on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson blamed this year’s severe drought on Americans who infringe on God’s law, although Robertson did not specify which laws were broken. “Somehow in this country we feel that we can ignore the laws of God with impunity, and the truth is we can’t, God always has the last say,” Robertson said, “we need to do some praying.” “The heavens have been shut up and it’s time for those folks in the Midwest to do some serious praying,” Robertson counseled. Earlier this year, Robertson maintained that tornadoes in... MORE
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 08/22/2012, 11:15am
BreakPoint ministry, founded by the late Chuck Colson and chaired by Timothy George, appears to be making a clean break with junk historian David Barton. While Barton and his deputy Rick Green continue to claim their only critics are left-wing, anti-Christian academic elitists, more and more conservatives are distancing themselves from Barton. Just as Barton projects his own right-wing political views and fundamentalist version of Christianity onto the Founders, Tom Gilson writes for BreakPoint that many Christians readily accepted Barton’s version of history because it validated their... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 08/22/2012, 10:34am
On today's "Faith and Freedom" program, Matt Barber declared that gay activists don't actually want marriage equality but rather are interested in "deconstructing the Judeo-Christian notion of marriage as marriage has always been."  In fact, Barber claimed, the institution of marriage has always been about restricting which sorts of relationships are legitimate, which is why "people can't marry children, people can't marry close relatives, people can't marry their favorite pet."  Barber then warned that if "we're going to break the institution of... MORE
Peter Montgomery, Tuesday 08/21/2012, 6:44pm
The Republican Party’s platform committee spent the day addressing amendments to sections of the platform draft that came up through subcommittees.  It seems that the DC delegation had managed to get into the draft platform some vague language supporting improved representation. It didn’t last.  The language said that while the Party is opposed to statehood, there could be constructive alternative means of representation that should be considered.  Even that was too much.  James Bopp, delegate from Indiana, dripping contempt for DC, called for that to be hacked... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 08/21/2012, 6:05pm
Jamin Raskin @ Huffington Post: A Romney Court, the Middle Class and 1% Jutsice. Alex Seitz-Wald @ Salon: GOP embraces anti-Shariah. Rosie Gray @ BuzzFeed: How Mike Huckabee Stays Relevant. Ed Kilgore @ Washington Monthly: Todd Akin, Superstar. Evan McMorris-Santoro @ TPM: Rep. Steve King: I’ve Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Statutory Rape or Incest. Good As You: Brian Brown fundraises with line: 'We're not going to allow gay activists to get away with attempted murder!' Simon Brown @ Wall of Separation: Pulpit Politicking... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 08/21/2012, 6:00pm
Despite pleas from Mitt Romney along with national and state Republican figures, Todd Akin will stay in the race. Rick Scarborough wants Akin to remain in since his “legitimate rape” comment “was made in the course of an otherwise admirable defense of the right to life.” What a surprise! Harry Jackson is out with a column attacking marriage equality. The American Prayer Initiative today asks people to pray for God to “intervene to transform and heal the hearts of those who would attempt to re-define marriage.” After last year... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 08/21/2012, 5:10pm
After likening the backlash to Todd Akin’s comments on “legitimate rape” to the Pharisees’ persecution of Jesus, American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer is now comparing Akin to a victim of rape. After listing the growing chorus of conservative activists and media personalities who have called on Akin to quit the senate race, Fischer lamented that “everybody is gang tackling Todd Akin.” “You talk about a forcible situation, you talk about somebody being a victim of forcible assault, that would be Todd Akin,” Fischer maintained. Watch... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 08/21/2012, 3:15pm
American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer is continuing his full-throated defense of embattled Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin, who said this weekend that women can’t get pregnant from what he called “legitimate rape.” Speaking with AFA president Tim Wildmon on Today’s Issues, Fischer compared the media’s criticism of Akin with the Pharisees’ attacks on Jesus, saying that “the scribes and Pharisees were the first ones to play gotcha politics.” “You know the Gospel writers say that they kept looking for some way to... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 08/21/2012, 2:30pm
Things have now gotten so desperate for David Barton and WallBuilders that they are reduced to calling in support from none other than Scott Lively to defend Barton's work by attacking Warren Throckmorton, Barton's primary critic. Lively, as you know, is widely seen as the inspiration behind Uganda's notorious "kill the gays" legislation and the author of the book "The Pink Swastika," which claims that "the Nazi Party was conceived, organized and controlled throughout its short history by masculine-oriented male homosexuals who hid their sexual proclivities from the... MORE
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