left biblioblography: Faces Of The Enemy – David Barton, Pseudo Historian

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Faces Of The Enemy – David Barton, Pseudo Historian

Cross  posted @ God Is 4 Suckers!david bartonhead shot sm

The Constitution of the U. S. forbids everything like an establishment of a national religion.  - James Madison

“Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.” – Ulysses  S. Grant

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute--where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote--where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference--and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him. – John F. Kennedy

"I believe in the American tradition of separation of church and state which is expressed in the First Amendment to the Constitution. By my office -- and by personal conviction -- I am sworn to uphold that tradition." – LBJ, Interview, Baptist Standard, October, 1964

"We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate.” – Reagan Speech to Temple Hillel and Community Leaders in Valley Stream

But I am a strong believer in the separation of church and state, and I think that we’ve got to translate…
By the way, I support it not just for the state but also for the church , because that maintains our religious independence and that’s why we have such a thriving religious life. - Obama

This is David Barton’s picture. This is one of the faces of the enemy.

He isn’t simply an evangelist. He’s actually the author of the website Wallbuilders.

Their/his About page reads as follows:

WallBuilders is an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built; a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined. In accord with what was so accurately stated by George Washington, we believe that "the propitious [favorable] smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation which disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained."

Why the name "WallBuilders"?

In the Old Testament book of Nehemiah, the nation of Israel rallied together in a grassroots movement to help rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and thus restore stability, safety, and a promising future to that great city. We have chosen this historical concept of "rebuilding the walls" to represent allegorically the call for citizen involvement in rebuilding our nation's foundations. As Psalm 11:3 reminds us, "If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?"

Our Goal

WallBuilders' goal is to exert a direct and positive influence in government, education, and the family by (1) educating the nation concerning the Godly foundation of our country; (2) providing information to federal, state, and local officials as they develop public policies which reflect Biblical values; and (3) encouraging Christians to be involved in the civic arena.

In a nutshell, he’s one of the foremost proponents of theocracy – his claim is that America was founded as a Christian nation, every square inch of it, and he and his ‘holy warriors’ are revising history to tailor the country to be the way they imagine it should be.

How bad is this? Very. He wrote a book entitled The Myth of Separation: What Is the Correct Relationship Between Church and State? While it’s not even close to being on the NYT bestseller's list, Time magazine lists him as one of the top 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America (top 25 parasites is what I call them):

The Lesson Planner: Even before he got directly involved in politics, David Barton was a major voice in the debate over church-state separation. His books and videotapes can be found in churches all over the U.S., educating an evangelical generation in what might be called Christian counter-history. The 51-year-old Texan's thesis: that the U.S. was a self-consciously religious nation from the time of the Founders until the 1963 Supreme Court school-prayer ban (which Barton has called "a rejection of divine law"). Many historians dismiss his thinking, but Barton's advocacy organization, WallBuilders, and his relentless stream of publications, court amicus briefs and books like The Myth of Separation, have made him a hero to millions—including some powerful politicians. He has been a co-chair of the Texas Republican Party for eight years, is friends with House majority leader Tom DeLay (whom he has advised on the Pledge Patriot Act, which seeks to keep the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance) and was tapped by the Republican National Committee during its election sprint as a liaison to social conservatives. Those elected as a result of his efforts need not feel lonely in Washington: Barton conducts tours of the Capitol, during which he shows his rare copy of the Bible that Congress once printed—for use in the schools.

He was also (no surprise here) hired by the Bush campaign in 2004 – and Dubya hasn’t been an admirer of SOCAS since…well, since never.

And his…inaccuracies (oh no, to hell with that, let’s call them what they are: LIES) are spread across the Interwebs like a bad joke. He argues the concept of Original Intent, making claims that the Founding Fathers meant this to be a Christian nation no less (though the FF could barely agree on anything except that the US needed independence), and in his relusional state, he’s bound and determined to ‘turn back the clock’ so that America IS that sweet wet dream he thought it used to be.

A theocrat by any other name is a Dominionist, in my book.

There is no reasoning with these people. There is no ‘debate’ or ‘open exchange of ideas’. All we can do at this point is wage a war of attrition on the rhetoric of these people – don’t let your guard down, they’ve been at this for decades, this is no creeping paranoia, this is fact and public record. They spread lies and disinformation, just like the creationists do. With calm voices and well-informed facts, we join combat, and with the Obama administration we will likely see less of their grandstanding ilk. But always plotting in the shadows, they seek to enslave us by the words of ancients, and the rotting fingers of anachronism still clamber up the walls of the mind like ivy.  The whisper of ghosts that never were haunt us still, and it will be many years before those voices are silenced. So be strong, brothers and sisters. Take the battle to them – but stay on your toes. The enemy is cunning indeed, and not to be underestimated.

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” – Jefferson

Till the next post, then.

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2 comments:

Irv said...

[It's still legal - and always God-honoring - to air messages like the following. (See Ezekiel 3:18-19.) In light of government backing of raunchy behavior (such offenders were even executed in early America!), maybe the separation we really need is the "separation of raunch and state"!]

In Luke 17 in the New Testament, Jesus said that one of the big "signs" that will happen shortly before His return to earth as Judge will be a repeat of the "days of Lot" (see Genesis 19 for details). So gays are actually helping to fulfill this same worldwide "sign" (and making the Bible even more believable!) and thus hurrying up the return of the Judge! They are accomplishing what many preachers haven't accomplished! Gays couldn't have accomplished this by just coming out of closets into bedrooms. Instead, they invented new architecture - you know, closets opening on to Main Streets where little kids would be able to watch naked men having sex with each other at festivals in places like San Francisco (where their underground saint - San Andreas - may soon get a big jolt out of what's going on over his head!). Thanks, gays, for figuring out how to bring back our resurrected Saviour even quicker!

Krystalline Apostate said...

Uh, hello? Irv? Maybe you didn't notice, I'm an atheist, & your little rant is pretty much bordering on incoherent prattle.
Jay-sus ain't a-comin', there ain't no 'saints', & there's pretty much no gawd, so that leaves you w/a major sexual insecurity on your frightened shoulders.