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Christianity Thomas on 27 Apr 2011 12:43 am

David Barton: Christian Charlatan, and the GOP loves him

Meet the Religious Right Charlatan Who Teaches Tea Party America The Totally Pretend History They Want to Hear

Newt Gingrich promises to seek his advice and counsel for the 2012 presidential campaign. Mike Huckabee calls him America’s greatest historian, says he should be writing the curriculum for American students, and in fact suggested that all Americans should be “forced at gunpoint” to listen to his broadcasts. Michelle Bachmann calls him “a treasure for our nation” and invited him to teach one of her Tea Party Caucus classes on the Constitution for members of Congress. State legislators from around the country invite him to share his “wisdom” with them. Glenn Beck calls him “the most important man in America.” Who is this guy?

Among other problems:

Barton’s growing visibility and influence with members of Congress and other Republican Party officials is troubling for many reasons: he distorts history and the Constitution for political purposes; he encourages religious divisiveness and unequal treatment for religious minorities; and he feeds a toxic political climate in which one’s political opponents are not just wrong, but evil and anti-God.

Why do “loving” Christians follow people like this?

10 Responses to “David Barton: Christian Charlatan, and the GOP loves him”

  1. on 27 Apr 2011 at 11:59 am 1.Michael Hunt said …

    It’s like 1984, he who controls the past controls the future. Soon all the christians will be putting our Constitution “down the memory hole” because it doesn’t fit with their version of history.

  2. on 27 Apr 2011 at 3:32 pm 2.JohnnyP said …

    Christians can’t feel at peace just praising God and being content in the knowledge that they’re going to heaven and all their enemies are going to hell. They need to feel like they’re doing something “godly”. And what’s more godly then fighting sin? They love the thought of themselves being God’s Chosen Army, marching righteously into battle to defeat Satan and Sin in His Holy Name. Because, the All Powerful, Almighty God needs their help, you see.

  3. on 27 Apr 2011 at 9:48 pm 3.Xenon said …

    I’m so glad we still have patriots who are teaching the true history and not this revisionist garbage.

    God Bless America!

  4. on 28 Apr 2011 at 12:14 am 4.Lou said …

    3.Xenon said …

    “I’m so glad we still have patriots who are teaching the true history and not this revisionist garbage.”

    Benedict Arnold was a patriot, too.

  5. on 28 Apr 2011 at 1:22 am 5.Joe said …

    My goodness this guy is really crazy. If his perspective on the US history, on what should be considered American and/or constitutional, and on how the relationship between church and state should be interpreted ever becomes fully mainstream in the US, the US will have ceased to be a Western-world-style democracy.
    Of course, Americans are free to choose any type of political system they wish, but I think it is important to realize what the consequences would be if this guy had a highly significant impact: the US would leave the consensus among Western-world countries and would, with respect to its political and societal system, ultimately not be Western-world country anymore. Good luck!

  6. on 02 May 2011 at 6:44 pm 6.Joshua said …

    “Why do “loving” Christians follow people like this?”

    The ones who know that Barton is full of crap consider him a means to an end. They figure that getting people on your side through lies will be worth it in the end.

    The ones that do not know that Barton is full of crap are not good at considering evidence or do not care about considering evidence (for whatever reason). They accept him through tribalistic reasons (he’s on “their side”) and just want Christian republicans to win.

  7. on 09 May 2011 at 2:55 pm 7.Jim said …

    3. Xenon
    “I’m so glad we still have patriots who are teaching the true history and not this revisionist garbage.”

    I think this hits pretty much every one of my “this guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about” buttons. Actually, it seems that in the last half-decade or so, the word “patriot” thrown around about anyone except veterans and servicemen (and women!) is pretty much a red flag in the “probably wrong about [whatever]” box.

  8. on 04 Aug 2011 at 12:10 am 8.kevin dotch said …

    You people are the most simple minded and straight forward beings that I have ever come across. You give me such privelege to sense that you are just a set of people who are confused about life. I don’t blame you, everyone needs the truth and everyone needs a path to travel, but can’t you realize that your path is full of simplicity and is almost purposeless. Instaed of attacking what has kept many christian oriented societies so strong and the beleivers so faithful, why dont you try some truth that will help people do good. The world is already suffering, don’t full it with more mental tradgedy.

  9. on 04 Aug 2011 at 4:49 pm 9.Lou said …

    8.kevin dotch said …

    Instaed [sic] of attacking what has kept many christian [sic] oriented societies so strong and the beleivers [sic] so faithful, why dont [sic] you try some truth that will help people do good. The world is already suffering, don’t full it with more mental tradgedy [sic].

    Before you attack anybody for being simple-minded, at least learn to spell.

    The rest of your comment needs no further explanation. It’s self-explanatory about what’s wrong with Christianity and with those who think like you.

    Furthermore, my life is not confused, nor does it require religion to give it purpose. Apparently yours does. If you and the other delusional faithful need it, then kindly keep it to yourselves.

  10. on 04 Aug 2011 at 5:16 pm 10.Lou said …

    8.kevin dotch said …

    “…everyone needs the truth and everyone needs a path to travel…”

    How does a belief in an imaginary god fulfill that requirement?

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