Just last week David Barton was on The Daily Show where he trotted out a nearly twenty year old piece of right-wing mythology about some poor public school student who was reportedly yanked out of his chair and yelled at by a teacher merely for praying before eating his lunch in the school cafeteria.
As we pointed out, this incident took place way back in 1994 and involved a student named Raymond Raines who, contrary to Barton’s claims, was not yelled at for praying before lunch, but rather for fighting in the cafeteria.
But just because something might be demonstrably untrue, that is not going to stop Barton from repeating it, which he did again today on “WallBuilders Live”:
Here’s a good one: [In] St Louis, Missouri, an elementary student was praying over his lunch; a school official jerked him out of his seat – lifted him up physically out of his seat – reprimanded him in front of the other students for praying over his lunch and took him to the principal who ordered him to stop praying over his lunch. Can you believe that?
No, as a matter of fact, we cannot believe that … because it is not true.