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Barton’s Bad Season: ‘Christian Nation’ Advocate Continues To Sink

You could say that this has been the winter of David Barton’s discontent.

Barton, a Texas-based pseudo-historian who for years has made a living telling gullible Religious Right audiences that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation and church-state separation is a myth, has run into quite a streak of trouble lately.

Very Old Barton: ‘Christian Nation’ Propagandist Channels Louis L’Amour’s Western Fiction

Since “Christian nation” propagandist David Barton’s book about Thomas Jefferson has been debunked, it seems the Texas-based “historian” has set his sights on a new cause: defending the Second Amendment. But just like Barton’s assertions about Jefferson, his latest claims reek of fiction. 

The Year That Was: Major Church-State Developments From 2012

The end of the year is a time for lists. You’re probably seeing a lot of them – “25 Best Books of 2012,” “10 Overlooked Movies,” “What’s Hot and What’s Not” or whatever.

Along those lines, here’s a list of the Top Ten Church-State Stories from 2012 (listed in no particular order):

The Barton Lies: Conservative Christian Scholars Debunk ‘Christian Nation’ Propagandist

Is this the beginning of the end of David Barton’s influence?

I certainly hope so. The phony history being peddled by the “Christian nation” propagandist is under increasing fire from critics – and here’s the rub: They’re all conservative Christians.

As you might recall, Barton runs a Religious Right group called WallBuilders in Aledo, Texas. His central arguments are that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation, the Constitution is based on the Bible, most of the founders were evangelical Christians and church-state separation is a myth.

Barton Broadside: Religious Right Pseudo-Historian Replies (Weakly) To Critics

“Christian nation” pseudo-historian David Barton is on the defensive. It’s a place I’ve wanted to see him for a long time.

If you’re just joining us, Barton is a Texas Religious Right activist who makes his living peddling a revisionist history of America designed to prove that the country was founded to be a Christian nation.

Outrage In Alabama: PBS Employees Fired After Standing Against Bogus Religious Right History

When you’ve had it with “reality shows” and sitcoms with loud laugh tracks, public television is a welcome refuge. Where else can you see “Sesame Street,” a nature documentary and a wry British comedy all in one day?

Public television, because it is funded in part by the American taxpayer, has always been a target for the Religious Right. Leaders of that theocratic movement vacillate between trying to abolish public television and laboring to take it over.

The Barton Lies: New Book Exposes ‘Christian Nation’ Advocate’s Long List Of Distortions

Last month I wrote about Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton’s new book The Jefferson Lies, which attempts to prove that Thomas Jefferson was an orthodox Christian and not really a strong advocate of church-state separation.

Off-Key Carroll: Maryland County Sponsors Religious Right Constitution Course

Officials in Carroll County, Md., have managed to make something as seemingly innocent as a seminar on the Maryland Constitution into a serious church-state separation issue.

County employees were asked to attend a class today on the state constitution taught by an ultra-conservative Christian minister, David Whitney of the Institute on the Constitution.

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