David Barton, is a Republican Party activist, pentecostal preacher and fast-talking, self-promoting, self-taught, self-proclaimed historian who is miseducating millions of Americans about U.S. history and the Constitution.
Barton has been profitably peddling a distorted “Christian nation” version of American history to conservative religious audiences for the past two decades. His books and videos denouncing church-state separation have been repeatedly debunked by respected historians, but that hasn’t kept Barton from becoming a folk hero for many in the Religious Right. His eagerness to help elect Republicans has won him gratitude and support from national as well as state and local GOP leaders. Former senator Sam Brownback, now the governor of Kansas, has said that Barton’s research
“provides the philosophical underpinning for a lot of the Republican effort in the country today – bringing God back into the public square.”
David Barton seems to have discovered the scientific principle of testing your theories. He has actually developed a thesis and he says he could go a lot of places with it. I’m sure you can imagine most of those places he is going.
Here, see what you think about Barton’s new thesis:
Wouldn’t it be interesting to do a study between those that are on welfare and see how much and how often they read the Bible. You know, if Booker T. Washington is right that Christianity and reading the Bible increases your desires and therefore your ability for hard work; if we take that as an axiom, does that mean that the people who are getting government assistance spend nearly no time in the Bible, therefore have no desire, and therefore no ability for hard work? I could go a lot of places with this. I would love to see this proven out in some kind of sociological study, but it makes perfect sense
So you welfare collectors would all be successful workers if you only read the Bible! I bet folks like me who get Social Security (for which we worked our whole careers contributing to) but don’t read the Bible are on the same social bottom.
Think about how much more successful a Mitt Romney is, since he has The Book Of Mormon as well as the Bible.
- The Tendentious David Barton (scottpaeth.typepad.com)
- Conservative Preacher Says People Are On Welfare Because They Don’t Read The Bible (alan.com)
- Why the Man Who Wrote ‘The Jefferson Lies’ Is A Right-Wing Liar Who’s Enabled By The Media (crooksandliars.com)
- David Barton’s version of ‘verbatim’ (maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com)
- David Barton Lies Shamelessly on the Daily Show (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- David Barton’s Jefferson — Sightings (Martin Marty) (bobcornwall.com)
- Taking a look at “The Jefferson Lies” (viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com)