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Barton: God Wants Us To Work Six Days A Week

The more we listen to David Barton, the more clear it becomes that it is his goal to see the United States operate strictly in accordance with the Bible in literally every regard.  As Barton says, "anything the Bible talks about cannot be considered secular," which means that every aspect of public life ought operate in accordance with Biblical teachings, including education, immigration, health care, taxes and economic policy, employment regulations, the role of government, and even our building codes.

Every once in a while, Barton provides a glimpse of just what America would look like if it became the "Christian nation" he desires in which everything ran according to the Bible, such as when he says that it would mean our schools would open with prayer and our government would stop helping the poor.

And last week, he told Concerned Women for America that if the nation followed Biblical principles when it came to work regulations, there would be no limits on the length of work days and people would work six days a week because that is what God commands:

We used to have what was called the Puritan Hard Work Ethic, which - it's really not Puritan - it's a Biblical hard work ethic. The Bible doesn't tell us anything about working five days a week, eight hours a day or less - it says "six days shalt thou work." You rest on the seventh, but the command is you're going to work six days. And you'll find that hard working people that work those six days - rural people tend to work longer hours than bankers and lawyers and other and they tend to have less physical problems; they have less burn-out, less stress, less whatever, less high blood-pressure. Folks who work harder and longer tend to do better because God told us to do that; that's the way he kind of made our bodies.

Jesus Vs. Occupy Wall Street

The guest on today's episode of "WallBuilders Live" was Marybeth Hicks, author of "Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom," and she and host Rick Green spent much of the discussion attacking the Occupy Wall Street movement as "demonstrably uneducated," "simplistic," and driven by "kids [who] have no moral compass."

Toward the end of the program, Green and David Barton continued to attack the OWS movement, with Barton claiming that not only would Jesus not support the movement, but would actually advocate taking from the OWS participants and giving it to Wall Street millionaires:

Barton: Look at Jesus. I mean, Jesus in the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25 and the Minas in Luke 19, you know he lines the guys all up and says "I gave you an investment, what did you do with it? 'I did nothing with it.' 'I gave you, what you'd do?' "I turned five-fold.' 'I gave you, what you'd do?' 'I turned ten-fold.'" He says "Okay, take away from the guy who didn't do anything with the investment and give it to the guy who had ten."

Whoa, that's not fair! Jesus said "to him who has will more be given, to him who has not will be taken away even that which he has."

Green: I think the message version of that says to the one that's picketing down on Wall Street and not working, we're taking from you now and we're going to give it to the Wall Street guy.

Barton: You're not productive. We ain't giving [to] you if you're not productive and that's the message. The way it's supposed to work is if you're productive, it's going to trickle down to you. But if you think the guy who had ten is going to trickle down to the guy who didn't do anything with his one, Jesus says it's not going to happen that way.

It does not trickle down. As as matter of fact, it will trickle up. If you are not productive, I'm going to give it to someone who is and he's going to get more.

Of course, if you actually read Luke 19:13-26 and Matthew 25:14-29, you find that Jesus is telling a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven, explaining that those who use the skills and talents given to them by God to spread and promote the Gospel will receive an eternal reward while those who fail to use such skills and talents properly will suffer eternal punishment.

But to Barton, it means that we should be taking from the Occupy Wall Street activists and handing it over to Wall Street millionaires.

David Barton Intends To Report The Truth On "The Jefferson Lies"

A few weeks ago, an atheist group put up a billboard in California featuring a quote it attributed to  Thomas Jefferson saying "I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature. It is founded on fables and mythology."

It turned out that there was no evidence that Jefferson had ever said such a thing and when the head of the group was informed that the quote was unverified, he admitted that he was wrong and "should have done the research before I put my billboard up."

Now, David Barton, of all people, is using the incident to promote his own book on Jefferson to be released next year:

The need for this book was recently made evident by an atheist group’s California billboard allegedly quoting Jefferson condemning Christianity ... The only problem with this quote is that it doesn’t exist. It has never been found in any Jefferson writing; yet it remains one of the many lies about Jefferson told by the Secular and Academic Left over the past century.

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Strikingly, Jefferson’s position on religion is actually the opposite of what is often claimed today. To see the authoritative documentation of this fact, look for The Jefferson Lies (to be released in the Spring), and discover from Jefferson’s own writings not only the truth about this particular lie but also many other Jefferson myths and lies that we were steadily fed throughout the twentieth century.

This is the same David Barton who falsely claimed that Jefferson said the "wall of separation" was "one directional" and designed to keep "the government from running the church but it makes sure that Christian principles will always stay in government."

This is the same David Barton who claimed that the famous "Jefferson Bible" was really designed as a tool to evangelize Native Americans. 

This is the same David Barton who claimed that the report that Jefferson had fathered children with his slave Sally Hemmings was part of a conspiracy designed to protect Bill Clinton.

This is the same David Barton who has posted on his website a list of "Unconfirmed Quotations" he has used in the past but admits cannot be verified.

And whereas the man behind the erroneous billboard took responsibility for his mistake, Barton falsely insists that he's never had to retract anything and that critics have never been able to find anything wrong with his work.

You really do have to admire the amount of utter shamelessness Barton must possess in order to try to use an incident like this to promote his own book called, ironically enough, "The Jefferson Lies."

Frankly, we couldn't have come up with a better name for Barton's book if he had asked us to do so ourselves.

Barton: Our Government Came Right Out Of The Bible

I know that we have already done this several times before, but as long as David Barton keeps making baseless assertions that key elements of our system of government were taking directly out of the Bible, we are going to keep posting it. 

And this is exactly what he did, yet again, during his presentation at the "One Nation Under God" conference:

Barton's success is largely rooted in the fact that he generally only speaks to friendly audiences who don't question anything he says and never bother to check to see if his assertions actually make any sense.  Because if they did, they might be surprised by what they found.

Barton says Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution lays out policies for "uniform immigration" and that this concept is rooted in Leviticus 19:34.

Article I, Section 8 merely gives Congress the authority to "establish a uniform rule of naturalization"  ... but Barton asserts that it come from the passage that says "The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God."

Barton also asserts that Article II, Section 1's requirement that the President must be a natural born citizen is based on Deuteronomy 17:15 which says "Be sure to appoint over you the king the LORD your God chooses. He must be from among your own brothers. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not a brother Israelite."

He then asserts that Article III, Section 3's language that "no person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court" is rooted in Deuteronomy 17:6 which says "On the testimony of two or three witnesses a man shall be put to death, but no one shall be put to death on the testimony of only one witness."

Likewise, he says Article III, Section 3's stipulation that "no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted" comes from Ezekiel 18:20, which says "The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them."

Barton then goes on to claim that the Founding Fathers pointed to Bible verses like Jeremiah 17:9 ["The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"] as the inspiration behind the separation of powers while Isaiah 33:22 ["For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us"] was responsible for the three branches of government.

Finally, the idea of tax exemption for churches came out of Ezra 7:24 ["You are also to know that you have no authority to impose taxes, tribute or duty on any of the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, temple servants or other workers at this house of God"] and the idea for a republican form of government came from Exodus 18:21 ["But select capable men from all the people--men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain--and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens."]

Barton never provides any documentation for any of these claims - he simply asserts them as if they are undeniable facts. 

In Barton's view, if something has any sort of parallel to anything in the Bible, then the inspiration for that thing could only have come from the Bible.

I honestly would not be surprised to hear Barton one day explain how the invention of water skiing obviously came right out of Matthew 14:22-33.

Suspension of Anti-Gay FL School Teacher Just Like Life In Communist Romania

In August of this year, controversy erupted after Florida school teacher Jerry Buell was suspended for posting anti-gay statements on his Facebook page.  The case because a Religious Right cause célèbre and Liberty Counsel immediately stepped in to represent him.

Buell's Liberty Counsel attorney, Harry Mihet, was the guest on "WallBuilders Live" radio program today where he asserted that the reason he fled communist Romania was to escape just this sort of "oppression":

I grew up in communist Romania and this is exactly the kind of thing that would happen there ... and we learned to live with this kind of oppression as a way of life. But we fled Romania to escape to the land of the free so that we wouldn't have to deal with such intolerance.

Barton: "Dominionism" Just A Term Made Up To Smear Christians

As we have been noting over the last several weeks, ever since Gov. Rick Perry's massive prayer rally in August, there as been a lot of attention being paid to the rise of the New Apostolic Reformation and the Dominion theology many of its leaders promote. 

As such, many of those leaders have started to downplay their own dominionist teachings while Religious Right activists have all suddenly developed amnesia and begun to claim they have never even heard of the doctrine.

Since nobody on the Right seems to have any idea what Dominionism is, let's turn to Chip Berlet, one of the researchers who helped to coin and popularize the term, and let him explain its three main characteristics:

- Dominionists celebrate Christian nationalism, in that they believe the United States once was, and should again be, a Christian nation. In this way, they deny the Enlightenment roots of American democracy.

- Dominionists promote religious supremacy, insofar as they generally do not respect the equality of other religions, or even other versions of Christianity.

- Dominionists endorse theocratic visions, believing that the Ten Commandments, or "biblical law," should be the foundation of American law, and that the U.S. Constitution should be seen as a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles.

There is probably not one "mainstream" Religious Right activist operating today that better matches these characteristics than David Barton.

Not only does Barton openly associate with NAR prophets and apostles, but he also openly promotes Seven Mountains theology.  On top of that, Barton is also a borderline theocrat who believes that literally every element of society ought operate in accordance with Biblical teachings, including education, immigration, health care, taxes and economic policy, employment regulations, and the role of government.

Barton routinely claims that our government and its doctrines came directly out of the Bible and that the Bible ought to be used to solve every problem because "anything the Bible talks about cannot be considered secular" ... even when it comes to things like building codes.

But when it comes to Dominionism, Barton claims, just like everyone else, that it doesn't even exist and that the term is just an effort to smear Christians, as he and his WallBuilders co-host Rick Green discussed on their radio program yesterday:

Barton: I've been called the for years and we've had to deal with that. Reconstructionist. Dominionist. And it's a pejorative ...

Green: I hear it all the time, I hear it all over the place but I'd never heard of it before.

Barton: Well, it's supposed to be radioactive and chase people off from you. It's like saying "oh, you're a Nazi, oh, you're an anti-Semite, you're a bigot, you're a racist, you're a Dominionist" and it's a term that's thrown out to really scare people and chase them off from you. Oh, you don't want to listen to Rick Green, he's a Dominionist ... and nobody's ever got around to defining it. And even the people who use it ... Dominionist, that means he wants to stone rebellious children and to kill homosexuals ... really? Have you ever said that?

Green: No.

Barton: But you're a Dominionist.

Green: And I've never heard you say it either, so something's up ...

Barton: Exactly right. It's just a term they throw out to try and scare people and they define it and they define it wrong nearly every time. What a Dominionist means, quite frankly, we as Christians believe we should be salt and light.

American History 101 With Professor Kirk Cameron

Yesterday WallBuilders' Rick Green, the poor man's David Barton, appeared as a guest on TBN's "Praise The Lord" program to promote and share the patented brand of Religious Right pseudo-history with which WallBuilders is synonymous.

And Green had some stiff competition in the regard as host Kirk Cameron - yes, that one - tried to stump the audience with a trick question by asking if they knew the difference between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and which one contained the phrase "four score and seven years ago." 

The answer, of course, is that neither document contains that phrase, which Cameron admitted ... before mistakenly claiming that it appeared in the Emancipation Proclamation when, in actuality, it was the opening line of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address:

How David Barton Is Secretly Shaping Curricula Across The Nation

In our previous post we noted that the American Family Association spent two hours promoting the new WallBuilders "Building On The American Heritage Series" DVD program and that, during the program, David Barton took calls from listeners in the AFA audience.

During the Q&A, one of the listeners expressed hope that the next president would give Barton a Cabinet-level appointment, maybe as Attorney General, but that was a notion that Barton quickly shot down by admitting it would never happen because he is "radioactive."  

But Barton then went on to reveal that because he is so radioactive, he has been forced to help school boards draft state history and/or government curricula in secret so that people on the Left don't find out about it:

For me, I am radioactive in so many areas. I got a call from US News and World Report and they said "did you know the ACLU just spent a million dollars to discredit you?" There are four law schools I know that have entire websites dedicated just to me. Soros-type people get paid to find my name every time it pops up and they will start blogging about how stupid I am, how I don't know anything, how I make up my history. And so if you Google me, you're going to find a lot of negative stuff about me.

Now, having said that, I get appointed by a lot of states, by state boards of education to do the history and government standards in those states, public schools, etc ... Now, when these guys find out that I'm there, I become the target of their attempts. So in Texas, I was one of six guys appointed by the state Board of Education to do history and government there and suddenly I'm up on Wall Street Journal, MSNBC is doing specials on how terrible I am, all these things are going after me. And that's fine; I understand that I'm radioactive.

So, this is a lot of fun: I had a national textbook publisher come to me and said "hey, you helped write these standards, why don't you help us do textbooks to reflect those standards?" I said "sure, but just keep my name out of the textbook, don't put me down as one of the editors because if you put me down, they'll go all over the nation talking about how terrible this is." So they kept my name out. Guess what? That public school textbook is now the best-selling public school history textbook in America.

So this history is good. People want this history, they want to get this stuff but what happens is there's a political movement that will try to marginalize us by making us radioactive. I currently now am working with multiple states in doing their history and government standards - I'm not going to say what those states are because they've kept it silent, I'm going to keep it silent.

How David Barton Does History

Today, the American Family Association hosted a special two-hour episode of "Today's Issues" with Tim Wildmon featuring David Barton in order to promote the new WallBuilders "Building On The American Heritage Series" DVD program.

Most of the program featured Barton just peddling his standard half-truths and pseudo-history, but near the end, they opened up the phone lines to take questions.  One of the questions came from a woman Holly who asked Barton how he had learned so much about history and Barton replied that the greatest source of his information has been original documents. 

In fact, Barton said, if you want to know about history, you should not read contemporary history books but rather books that were written and published during the period in which you are interested.  So if you want to learn about the 1700s, don't read modern history books about that time period, but read books written during that time period.

Barton said that the reason for this is that modern professors and historians all have agendas and bad educations that writers before the 1900s did not have. And so he set out his standard for determining the accuracy of history books:

I hold a standard that if a book is printed 1900, it is probably one hundred percent accurate because there are no agendas. If it's printed from 1920-1940, I'll buy into maybe seventy-five percent of it. If it's printed from, 1940-1960, I'll buy into about fifty percent of it. If it's printed from 1960s on, I'll buy into maybe a forth of it; I have that much doubt about books that are written more recently because they reflect agendas, they reflect bad education, they reflect bad stuff.

Given that this is the standard Barton uses for determining the validity of modern history books, I guess we should point out the every book Barton has written has been printed after the 1960s, which must mean that, at best, a quarter of the claims he makes are accurate.

Barton Is Not A Historian, But He Plays One On TV

As Brian noted, David Barton has been the guest on Kenneth Copeland's television show all week where he has been peddling his patented brand of Christian-based pseudo-history.

During the episodes, ads were being run promoting Barton's latest DVD project called "Building on the American Heritage Series" and we noticed something odd; namely that Barton is being billed as an "expert historian" and an "American historian" in the ad campaign even though Barton claims that he doesn't consider himself to be a historian and doesn't call himself one:

Perkins Ignores Palin To Spin The 2008 Election Loss

Several weeks ago, the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins hosted a press briefing at the National Press Club to discuss just what it is that the Religious Right is seeking in a Republican presidential nominee.

During the Q&A, Perkins was asked to discuss the idea that the very positions that make a candidate appealing to the Religious Right are the same positions that make such candidates unappealing to the general voting population.

Not surprisingly, Perkins took issue with that assessment and asserted instead that without the support of the Religious Right, no Republican candidate can hope to win the general elections and pointed to John McCain as proof:

This idea that a candidate that would be supported by social conservatives that would win the Republican nomination would be unacceptable to the general populace is just not true. I think the opposite it true; we saw that in the last election cycle. There was a Republican nomination that was not acceptable to social conservatives. He did not have the enthusiastic support of social conservatives and, as a result, the Republicans lost the general election.

Now, obviously McCain and the Religious Right had a rather contentious history, but to say that the McCain campaign did not receive the "enthusiastic support of social conservatives" requires one to completely ignore the rapturous lovefest that exploded when McCain announced the selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate, which we chronicled at the time:

James Dobson, Focus on the Family: "A lot of people were praying, and I believe Sarah Palin is God's answer.”

Tony Perkins, Family Research Council: “Senator McCain made an outstanding pick.”

Connie Mackey, FRCAction: “I am elated with Senator McCain's choice.”

Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel: "Absolutely brilliant choice.”

Richard Land: “Governor Palin will delight the Republican base.”

Rick Scarborough, Vision America, “I’m elated. I think it’s a superb choice."

Ralph Reed: “They’re beyond ecstatic. This is a home run.”

Gary Bauer, American Values: "[A] grand slam home run."

Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum: “She is the best possible choice.”

Janet Folger, Faith2Action: “[T]he selection of Sarah Palin is more than ‘Brilliant!’ ‘Electrifying!’ and ‘Energizing!’ The selection of Sarah Palin will lead to words like: ‘Rejuvenating!’ ‘Victory!’ and ‘Landslide!’"

Wendy Wright, Concerned Women for America: “Governor Palin will change the dynamics of the entire presidential race.”

Janice Shaw Crouse, CWA's Beverly LaHaye Institute: “She is an outstanding woman who will be an excellent role model for the nation's young people.”

David Barton, Wallbuilders: "The talk won't be about, 'look at Sarah Palin' as much as 'look at what McCain's choice of Palin says about McCain's core beliefs.”

Jonathan Falwell: “John McCain made it very clear that his administration was going to be a pro-life administration, and he proved that’s his belief and his passion today with the choice of Sarah Palin.”

Jerry Falwell, Jr.: “I think it’s a brilliant choice.”

Charmaine Yoest, Americans United for Life: “And then when [Palin] was announced — it was like you couldn’t breathe. [We] were grabbing each other and jumping up and down.”

Gary Marx, Judicial Confirmation Network: "I can tell you that this pick tells millions in the base of the party that they can trust McCain. More specifically that they can trust him with Supreme Court picks and other key appointments’"

David Keene, American Conservative Union: “The selection of Governor Palin is great news for conservatives, for the party and for the country. I predict any conservatives who have been lukewarm thus far in their support of the McCain candidacy will work their hearts out between now and November for the McCain-Palin ticket."

If social conservatives were unenthusiastic about the McCain ticket last time around, some apparently forgot to tell all of these social conservatives who were gushing about just how thrilled they were. 

In David Barton's Alternative Reality, Americans Love Don't Ask Don't Tell

Republican pseudo-historian David Barton says that he, like Jesus, has never been legitimately critiqued, and is even suing two Democratic politicians in Texas and a blogger who have criticized him. While Right Wing Watch, among others, reports on Barton’s incessant dishonesty on a regular basis, he continues to tell falsehoods even when he is directly confronted about it.

Today on his program WallBuilders Live, Barton and his co-host Rick Green discussed the 9th Circuit Court’s decision on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. While they originally found the policy unconstitutional, the court recently vacated the ruling following the policy’s official repeal. Barton argued that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act are “still overwhelmingly popular” among Americans:

Barton: The president’s going to follow the 9th's decision, that’s just what happens when you get a president—

Green: You’re gonna have to choose a Commander and Chief that—

Barton: You’re gonna have to choose a president who’s going to enforce laws that the rest of us think are important. Now he’s choosing to enforce the laws and not enforce the laws he thinks are important, and it’s not where the nation is. You know overwhelmingly we still want DOMA, the ban on homosexuals in the military that’s still overwhelmingly popular, he’s just not going there.

Of course, Barton is flat out wrong.

A CBS News poll released October 4 found that “68 percent of Americans said they support gay and lesbians’ rights to serve openly,” and that 48% of Republicans favored the repeal of the ban on openly gay soldiers, more than the 41% who opposed repeal.

On marriage, polls from Gallup, CNN, ABC, AP/Roper and the Public Religion Research Institute all found that a majority of Americans support marriage equality for gays and lesbians. Moreover, a Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research poll found that 51% of voters oppose DOMA and just 34% support the law, which is still being enforced.

But David Barton, naturally, would not let actual polling data stand in the way of his claim that Americans are still hostile to the rights of gays and lesbians.

Beck: Barton Does More Good "Than A Pack Of Charities Combined"

Just because David Barton may be a pseudo-historian who routinely peddles falsehoods in order to promote himself and his Religious Right agenda, that is not going to stop Glenn Beck from regularly featuring him on his program.

Beck's love of Barton is well-established and he featured him again on his program last week where Beck praised Barton as "one of the most honorable men I know, one of the best Christians I know" and his hero before urging his viewers to donate to Barton's WallBuilders organization because it does more good than "a pack of charities combined":

Barton, Kern Stoke Fears That Gays And Lesbians Threaten Lives Of Critics

Yesterday, David Barton and Rick Green hosted Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern on WallBuilders Live to discuss her new book, The Stoning of Sally Kern, and caution listeners about the dangers of saying “something disparaging about homosexuality.” Kern’s book details her political activism and the fallout of her claim that the “homosexual agenda is destroying this nation ... it’s the biggest threat that our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam,” a sentiment she recently repeated, telling anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera that homosexuality is “more dangerous” than terrorism.

Barton said, “If you touch homosexuality, be prepared to pay a price,” warning that it “may cost your life.” Later in the interview, Green said Kern must have experienced a “physical fear” of the “militant” gay-rights activists, and Kern told her story of how she was prepared to lose her life over the issue.

Listen:

Barton: With all of the protection we have for free speech, there’s still a number of areas where you’re not free to speak out on certain things. If you touch homosexuality, be prepared to pay a price, not just attacks, it’s gonna cost you economically, other things as well, may cost your life. This is, the way people respond to what you say about homosexuality if you criticize it and we got Sally Kern today, State Rep from Oklahoma who experienced that first time, what happens if you exercise your right of free speech and happen to say something disparaging about homosexuality.



Kern: I have to be honest with you Rick, when I was sitting there in my car that day and when she told me that those emails were coming from homosexuals, honestly, fear gripped by whole body, because I was very aware of the homosexual lobbyists and the power that they have. And people say, ‘oh you’re so brave, so heroic,’ but I’m not, I’m just a sinner saved by grace and I was gripped with fear that day. I just said, ‘Lord, what have I done?’

Green: And not just I would think not just fear, not a political fear, physical fear; there’s a militant agenda out there as well.

Kern: It entered our mind but honestly, and I mentioned this in the book, the Saturday night when my husband and I sit down and really talked about this and prayed about it, when we asked ourselves the question, are we willing to even lose our lives over this? I can’t tell you, Rick, how liberating that was, it really was.

WallBuilders Enlists Christopher Columbus & Reconstructionist Eidsmoe in Christian Nation Crusade

David Barton’s WallBuilders is tireless in pushing its “Christian nation” version of American history.   Today it encourages its supporters to “Celebrate Columbus Day!” and to read John Eidsmoe’s Columbus and Cortez: Conquerors for Christ.  

Eidsmoe is the Christian Reconstructionist cited by Michele Bachmann as her mentor and major influence.  He is also a colleague of Roy Moore, who lost his job as Chief Justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court when he refused to obey federal court orders to remove a Ten Commandments memorial he had installed in the state courthouse.

As we have reported, Eidsmoe believes that feminists “violate the normal order” that God put in place for husbands to head households, that “homosexuality invites the judgment of God upon all of society,” that gays will turn the military into a “cesspool of immorality,” and that public education is brainwashing students to believe in secularism and evolution.  Ryan Lizza recently reported that Eidsmoe was uninvited from a Tea Party event last year after addressing an event in Alabama commemorating Secession Day and telling an interviewer that it was the state’s “constitutional right to secede,” and that “Jefferson Davis and John C. Calhoun understood the Constitution better than did Abraham Lincoln and Daniel Webster.”

Eidsmoe’s book on Columbus has an introduction by Peter Marshall, another “Christian Nation” advocate who served with Wallbuilders’ founder David Barton as an “expert” to Religious Right members of the Texas Board of Education pushing massive revisions to social science textbooks.  Marshall writes:

In his customary careful and thorough manner, John Eidsmoe has pierced through the obfuscating fog of twentieth-century humanist bias and judgments that have obscured the truth about two of the most controversial figures in American history, Christopher Columbus and Hernando Cortez. Using earlier sources, he has presented us with a well-researched, even-handed, and fair treatment of both their Christian motives for their incredible exploits, and the very real mistakes they made .This is a valuable contribution toward restoring a true Christian perspective on our American past.

WallBuilders’ Columbus Day email celebrates Columbus’ belief that he was being led by the Holy Spirit and complains that modern scholarship has denigrated Columbus specifically because of his religious motivation:

It is especially because of Columbus’ religious motivations and convictions that today he has become a villain for most modern educators and writers, who regularly attack and condemn him.

That echoes Eidsmoe’s book, which claims, “A scholarly desire to correct the historical record is not the primary reason [for modern criticism of Columbus]…No, the attack is directed toward values – biblical values and the Christian civilization that is based on biblical values.”

Eidsmoe writes:

The reason may of us find history boring is that we fail to see the sovereign hand of God at work as history unfolds. The way you look at history depends in large part upon your world view….For the Christian, history is, or should be, the unfolding of God’s plan for the human race. For the Christian, the discovery, exploration and settlement of the Western Hemisphere takes on a whole new dimension of meaning as God works through imperfect vessels like Columbus, Cortez….and others who bring salvation to the inhabitants of the Western world through the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

He decries the effort to “move this nation away from its Christian foundations” in order to “remake America into a secular or pagan society….If the Christian professions of Christopher Columbus and others can be proven insincere, if their deeds can be downplayed and their sins and shortcomings magnified, then this element of America’s Christian past can be discredited and set aside.”

Barton Refuses To Retract Bogus Claim That Schools "Force" Students Into Homosexuality

In August, David Barton misleadingly claimed that “the leading pediatric association in America” sent a letter to schools cautioning them against programs that try to prevent anti-gay bullying, asserting that pediatricians agree that young people will “end up being heterosexual unless you force them to be homosexual.”

As it turned out, Barton and his co-host Rick Green were citing the work of the American College of Pediatricians, an exceptionally small, right-wing splinter group of the significantly larger and more reputable American Academy of Pediatricians. In fact, the ACP broke away from the mainstream AAP because of the ACP’s vehement opposition to gay rights.

Warren Throckmorton of Grove City College pointed out at the time that while the ACP has “probably less than 200” members, the AAP has around 60,000. Professor Throckmorton tried to reach out to the AAP and WallBuilders, and the AAP said that Barton’s claims were demonstrably false. After AAP spokeswoman sent WallBuilders a letter asking for a retraction, Barton’s group replied:

Hi Debora (sic),

Thank you for your email to WallBuilders Live, I apologize for the delay in response but I hope I can address your concerns! After airing the episode about ACP David and Rick were informed that the news source they quoted during the episode was mistaken. David and Rick sent a letter to the news source addressing the mistaken information in the story. We apologize for the mix up and appreciate your notification as well.

If you have any further question or concerns please feel free to contact us. Many blessings!

Caroline Henry

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WallBuilders admitted to the AAP that their earlier assertion was demonstrably false and apologized. But that is not the story that was told on today’s episode of WallBuilders Live where Barton and Green contradicted the letter sent to Henry and refused to issue a retraction or back down from their discredited claims and even criticized the AAP for having the gall to attack them. Barton, who recently likened himself to Jesus and said that his critics are just like Jesus’ persecutors, chastised the AAP but altered his original claim to say that the ACP is now “a leading” organization:

Green: Actually David I got a—actually it’s not a retraction at all actually—we got a letter that wanted a retraction. Remember when we did the show? There was a great paper that was put out by the American Academy—I mean the American College of Pediatricians, and they were saying look some of this stuff you’re doing on homosexuality in schools is dangerous for kids, this homosexual agenda is not a good idea and bringing it into the classroom and that sort of thing. We did a whole program on this. In the program we talked about hey this is one of the leading pediatric associations in the nation, and we got a letter from one of the other pediatric associations, let’s see the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has more members and has been around a little longer and they I guess took offense to that so they sent us a letter and they said they wanted to make sure we knew that the ACP was not the leading pediatric association in America and they put some of their papers in here and there position is a little different I would say—

Barton: Oh yeah, oh yeah.

Green: Much more liberal on this. As we pointed out to them directly and we’ll put it out here on the show: leading does not mean largest, leading means, sometimes it takes a newer, leaner more responsive organization—

Barton: And they are one of the leading organizations. Now the fact that this other organization may not like them and may disagree with them doesn’t mean they’re not a leading organization. They are a credentialed organization made up of credentialed people and the fact that they don’t agree with them doesn’t make them less than leading. And if they’re expecting a retraction, sorry, ain’t happening!

Right Wing Leftovers

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  • Suddenly, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney are BFFs.
  • Bryan Fischer is very excited that Rush Limbaugh talked about his article on the radio, even though Limbaugh has no idea who Fischer is or where he saw the article.
  • Lots of legislators seem to love Wallbuilders "ProFamily Legislators Conference."
  • Finally, the Supreme Court has rejected Alan Keyes' birther lawsuit.

Barton: If The Dogcatcher Is Not Good On Sharia, Keep 'Em Out Of Office

Jerry Boykin brought his anti-Islam activism to "Wallbuilders Live" and made a real impression on David Barton, who urged listeners to find out where every candidate running for office stands on the issue of Sharia, even the dogcatchers:

David Barton: You got to elect people who will preserve the culture of the United States and not change the culture.

Rick Green: Which means asking tough questions o the candidates and not just the ones that are going to Congress, or the president, but the local guys too because they're going to deal with some of these issues ...

Barton: Well, that's the farm team. We need to ask the dogcatcher what he thinks about Islamic stuff because he may become the mayor, which may become the state rep, who may become the state senator, who may become the US rep who becomes the US senator who becomes the governor who becomes the president.

I mean, take care of these guys at the lowest level. Talk to every local official, I don't care what they are, get their position and find out where they are and, if they're wrong on it, keep them out of office.

Barton: Congress Should Impeach Judges For Rulings It Doesn't Like

When you listen to David Barton on a regular basis, you learn all sorts of interesting things - a lot of them happen to be false and/or terrifying, but interesting nonetheless. 

For instance, on "Wallbuilders Live" today he explained that federal judges are not appointed for life but simply "during good behavior,"  which means that any time any judge issues a ruling that Congress does not like, they simply have to convene a hearing, force the judge to defend the ruling, and then impeach them:

Rick Green: So where is the accountability if a judge is appointed for their whole life.

Barton: Well, the first part is they're not appointed for life. That's one of the things that people think today and this is one of the great judicial myths that's out there that's absolutely not accurate. If you go back and look at the Constitution, Article III deals with the judiciary; there's nothing in there about judges being appointed for life. They're not appointed for life.

What they did, and what they also did in the federal Constitution, when you read it it says federal judges are allowed to hold their appointments for the quote 'duration of good behavior.' That's not a lifetime appointment - that's as long as you act right you can stay there as a federal judge. But if you don't act right, we're going to take you out.

The best way to know is to go see the guys who wrote the clauses, see what they define as good behavior by who they throw off the court.

There was a federal judge thrown off the court because he cussed in the courtroom. Founding Fathers threw him off the court. Why'd they do that? Because the federal Constitution says "for the duration of good behavior," They said cussing in a courtroom is not good behavior for a judge, you're gone.

Another guy was thrown off the court because he got drunk in his private life. Whoa, it's his private life; had nothing to do with his job. No, it's not good behavior for a judge - you're gone.

Another guy got thrown off the court because he contradicted an act of Congress. Supreme Court does that all the time today. Congress pass something, ah we don't like that act, it's going to be unconstitutional. No, he did that - you're gone buddy.

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There have been 97 impeachment investigations across history with judges; you've had 13 impeachments taken off the court. And the more often you have an impeachment investigation, the less often you have to remove a judge because, what Thomas Jefferson says, impeachment is a scarecrow - you sit out there in the middle of the field and that will scare them off.

Green: Because all the other judges are watching that, going 'I don't want that to be me.'

Barton: You betcha. For example, take the judge in California that says, oh no, having 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance, completely unconstitutional.

What you do is you convene a hearing in Washington DC, Congress says we want you to come appear before the judiciary committee and explain to us exactly what your thinking is that says we can't acknowledge God when that's in the Declaration and in the Constitution. What are you thinking?

And other judges see him getting called before Congress to be accountable and they go 'oh my gosh, we're not going to touch that.' Exactly!

Barton: Laws Of Nature Prove Abortion And Homosexuality Are Immoral

On today's episode of "Wallbuilders Live," David Barton explained that one of the things that makes America so exceptional is that we, as a nation, recognize that there is an objective moral law and that this law can be found both in the Bible and in the laws of nature.

And since these objective moral laws can be found in both places, he doesn't actually need to even cite the Bible to prove that things like abortion and homosexuality are immoral because the laws of nature have already proven it:

There are absolute rights and wrongs That moral law, in the Declaration [of Independence], we call it the laws of nature and of nature's god. There are moral absolutes. You can either find them in the Scripture, which is the law of nature's god, or you can find them in nature itself.

I've talked before, I don't have to have the Bible to show abortion is wrong, because there is no species in nature that kills its young while it is still in the womb. That violates the laws of nature.

I don't have to have the Bible to show that homosexuality is wrong. I can show that when it does exist in nature, it is always an aberration. There is part of nature that exists on homosexuality - it's always an aberration, it violates the laws of nature.

There is a moral absolute established in nature and in the laws of nature and nature's God.

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Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 10/24/2012, 2:24pm
On "WallBuilders Live" today, David Barton and Rick Green were discussing the importance and benefits of school choice in terms of improved scholastic performance.  While making the case, Barton explained that during Glenn Beck's "Restoring Love" event earlier this year, WallBuilders was tasked with organizing volunteer opportunities for the thousands of attendees and one of the groups they partnered with was a church that had been asked to help improve the reading ability of local third grade students. And the reason this was so important, Barton explained, is... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 10/23/2012, 1:16pm
Recently, David Barton appeared on a television program entitled "Fixing The Money Thing" with Gary and Drenda Keesee where he explained that America has struggled economically because it has not followed Jesus' teachings about taxation and government regulation, asserting that it was only the industries that were government-regulated that failed and had to be bailed out through TARP and the Stimulus Package while "the free market did pretty good": UPDATE: Barton then inexplicably followed up this assertion by stating that "in 2008, before the TARP and bailout,... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 10/22/2012, 2:14pm
The guest today on "WallBuilders Live" was Pastor Laurence White, who was brought on to "discuss the sin of the silence of the German Christians during the Holocaust and the parallel to American Christians today" as he explained that it was the silence of the church during under the Nazis that allowed the Holocaust to take place, just as it is the silence of Christians today that is allowing abortion to remain legal in America: The same thing is happening in America today, exactly the same thing. We've take a segment of the human race, unborn children, and we've... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 10/17/2012, 2:47pm
In August, the Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council released a joint report entitled "The Survey on Religious Hostility in America" which purported to be a "collection of more than 600 cases, detailing religious bigotry throughout America" ... but, for some reason, the incident they love to cite more than any other is a nearly twenty year old myth about an elementary school student who was supposedly yanked out of his seat and yelled at simply for praying before eating his lunch in the school cafeteria. In reality, the student was... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 10/12/2012, 3:34pm
Last year, David Barton began recommending a book called "None Of These Diseases" by S.I. McMillen, which claims that everything we need to know about medicine and health care can be found in the Bible. Barton called the book, which states that promiscuity is the cause of arthritis and insanity, that it is not necessary for women to experience orgasm, and that women who have been punched the face by their husbands just need to learn to submit, "one of the best healthcare books you'll ever read." Today, on "WallBuilders Live," Barton recommended the book again as... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 10/12/2012, 2:01pm
David Barton recently appeared on "The Story of Liberty" radio program to discuss the document he released earlier this year proclaiming that Barack Obama was "America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President."  Predictably, the interview was filled with the sorts of half-truths and misrepresentations we have come to expect from Barton, including one segment where he spun a convoluted theory that President Obama refuses to protect the conscience rights of Christians not to pay for contraception because Obama himself has no conscience as demonstrated by his... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 10/09/2012, 12:37pm
The extent to which David Barton seeks to turn this nation into one governed strictly according to the dictates of the Bible really cannot be over-stated, as he displayed once again when he spoke Grace Family Church in Florida over the weekend.  After delivering his standard presentation about how the Constitution is full of verbatim quotes from the Bible, Barton called for a return to the practice of beginning every legislative session throughout the nation by inviting preachers to address the elected representatives and explain to them how they should handle every pressing legislative... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 10/05/2012, 11:45am
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