David Barton often quotes John Adams as having written a letter vigorously opposing any separation of church and state. What Barton knows, having examined the document himself, is that Adams was outlining a view so that he could disagree with it. Barton just leaves the people-who-believe-this-are-pathetic part off. Barton does this sort of thing often, without conscience. He is as dishonest a polemicist as you will ever find purporting to be an historian. Not to put too fine a point on it, he lies in service to the Lord. T. Paine, at Saving Common Sense, describes Barton as "a brilliant historian with nearly encyclopedic knowledge of America’s history". He then uses Barton as his source to prove President Obama is hostile to Judeo-Christian religion. T. Paine is a long time friend and contributor, often willing to educate me on the virtues of conservatism. I'll try and come up with some conservative historian with more integrity. It's the least I can do to help out a real friend.
Al Stefanelli, Georgia State Director for American Atheists, inhabits Mad Mike's America. He takes note of the Republican war on the separation of Church and State. He responds with a warning about the founders' original intent being undermined by majoritarianism, as the Christian horde overrules the freedom of atheists. Neglected is the possibility that some of us in the Christian majority would stand with those who do not share our faith.
Rumproast's Gil Mann is shocked at video proving that a young Obama once embraced a liberal black professor with a full body fist bump, thereby proving that the President hates America and wants to jail white people. Or something. Maybe that he was for gay rights? Jon Stewart questions whether their nipples touched. I suspect Gil Mann of sarcasm. Read for yourself.
Tommy Christopher of Mediaite fame watches as Soledad O'Brien doesn't let a Breitbart successor, the new Editor-in-chief at Breitbart.com, get by with smearing President Obama with the body-bump-video. Tommy notes that the site tries to slam O'Brien in return, but makes an embarrassing error during the attack. Worthy of a snicker or two.
Slant Right's John Houk has discovered that President Obama is actually a Kenyon. I wonder about Arizona Governor Jan Brewer simply pointing her finger when she rushed up the tarmac to confront America's Commander in Chief. Maybe she was trying to arrest and deport this most notable of illegal aliens.
Chuck Thinks Right uses a so's-your-old-man defense on behalf of Rush. Think of all the others who have done said so much worse. Those on the left. Those ignored by media. Those who pretty much run one of the political parties. Okay, so Rush is the only one who does that. Still, misogyny is wrong no matter the source.
Nancy Hanks at The Hankster reports that young voters are becoming independent of party identification.
Infidel 753 finds a video of the single individual Rick Santorum accuses of masterminding all these years of progressive change.
PZ Myers, writing for Pharyngula, takes a militant approach to his birthday. I'm getting to the age where I hum through Happy Birthday so I can remember my name. Happy Birthday dear Bur-urr.. That's it. Burr.
Ryan (I think) at Secular Ethics responds to John's observation creatively. Don't worry, he seems to say, evolution will conquer all.
(Update: Ryan points out that I got it all wrong. He's right. Click to see why)
Tim McGaha at Tim's Thoughtful Spot considers the role of technology in deciding the outcome of the Civil War. Remember the Monitor!
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Oh well. I guess I may as well come clean. One source I recall from last year (mostly because I put it into what I wrote then about Mr. Barton) is a result of homework done by Professor Morton Throckmorton of Grove City College. I think his name would have been even more fun if his mama had named him "Burr."
His homework, which any of us could have done (even the woefully dishonest Mr. Barton), can be found at:
That said, the nearly 50 facts Barton compiled in my posting are accurate, documented, and footnoted accordingly. I recall many of these facts having been reported in various news sources over the past three years. The veracity of the facts is not in question, regardless of what one thinks of David Barton.
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