Friday, April 29, 2005

Tearing Down WallBuilders

CitizenLink, a news site for Focus on the Family, reports today on how The Interfaith Alliance, a group representing the religious left, has objected to the work of David Barton, the founder of WallBuilders, an organization that emphasizes the Christian heritage found in American history. The Interfaith Alliance claims Barton is . . . presenting "revisionist history" in his guided tours of the U.S. Capitol, especially one he recently conducted on behalf of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

In a letter to Sen. Frist, Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, the president of The Interfaith Alliance, writes:

For the past 30 years, Barton has been evangelizing his extremist beliefs that the separation of church and state is a myth and that the United States was founded as and should be governed as a Christian nation; this is bad history and dangerous theology. By having Mr. Barton as a host of a religious heritage tour, you send a volatile message to all Americans that Washington has once again overstepped its bounds and is endorsing revisionist history along with advancing a right-wing agenda. Given the present mood of the country and the questionable role that religion has played in Washington recently, these are treacherous waters to be treading.

Gary Bauer, president of American Values, defends Barton's work, telling CitizenLink:
"It's the history books in most of our schools that are giving a distorted view. Mr. Barton has done an incredible job of researching the beliefs of our founding fathers and the strong role that faith played in those events leading up to 1776."

To give you an idea of where The Interface Alliance is coming from, it came out against Congressional intervention in the Terri Schiavo case, is actively campaigning against ending the current filibuster rules in the Senate's judicial confirmation process, attacked Rush Limbaugh in a press release for daring to suggest that the religious left has a problem with traditional Christians and Catholics who believe in moral absolutes, and its foundation gives out an annual Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award that "recognizes individuals who courageously promote democratic values, defend religious liberty and reinvigorate informed civic participation." A recent recipient was Bill Moyers. Enough said.

8 Comments:

At Monday, May 02, 2005 5:42:00 PM, Blogger Toad734 said...

You should read this

http://toadthoughts.blogspot.com/2005/03/separation-of-church-and-state.html


“Believing that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their Legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.”
Thomas Jefferson 1802

 
At Friday, May 27, 2005 8:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The same people that want separation of church and state are the same people that are trying to rewrite the Bible.When the U.S. Constitution rubs them the wrong way they look for a federal judge that will rule their way.When it comes to the Holy Bible we now have revisionists that are trying to rewrite the bible.Has anyone ever read where Jesus said "If you deny me before men I will deny you before my Father"?

 
At Friday, June 10, 2005 11:02:00 AM, Blogger Toad734 said...

RE: Anonymous

No it's quite the opposite; the people who want to use the Bible as the basis of our government are rewriting the Bible.

Find one place in the Bible where it speaks out against gay marriage, abortion, says to punish the poor and reward the rich, and that we should kill Muslims.

What do you think the King James Bible is?? It's a rewriten Bible!

Why do the two oldest copies of the Bible each have 2 additional books in them that the catholic church and the protestant bible leave out?

That is rewriting the Bible. Judges in this country have nothing to do with the Bible at all.

Oh and I'm sure Muhammed doesn't like it when you deny him, neither does Vishnu, but do you care? Same goes for me. They are all dead or made up mythical characters so why should I care what they thought?

 
At Monday, December 18, 2006 8:33:00 PM, Anonymous Fed Up with "Christian" Frauds said...

The fact is that David Barton, through Wallbuilders, has been caught repeatedly falsifying supposed quotes made by the Founding Fathers. Barton and Wallbuilders are a disgrace to God and country. Stop waging fraudulent sectarian warfare for your selfish, mercenary, and political interests, against our hallowed, freedom-loving, free-from-religious interference form of government. http://www.christianethicstoday.com/issue/003/Wallbuilders%20or%20Mythbuilders%20By%20Nicholas%20P%20Miller_003_17_.htm; http://candst.tripod.com/boston1.htm; http://www.positiveatheism.org/writ/founding.htm; http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=22761;
http://www.opensecrets.org/parties/expenddetail.asp?txtName=WALLBUILDERS&Cmte=RPC&cycle=2004;

 
At Monday, February 15, 2010 11:22:00 PM, Blogger Doug Indeap said...

Everything Barton says should be taken with a grain of salt. As revealed by Chris Rodda's meticulous analysis, zealotry more than fact shapes his work, which is riddled with shoddy scholarship and downright dishonesty. See Chris Rodda, Liars for Jesus: The Religious Right's Alternate Version of American History (2006) and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-rodda/glenn-becks-new-bff----da_b_458515.html

 
At Saturday, August 07, 2010 6:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah to Glenn Beck and David Barton, for loving the truth. May God Bless them. "And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, And in every sort of evil that deceives those who are pershing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved."

 
At Thursday, August 30, 2012 8:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It amazes me at the stupid remarks by the uneducated. You make remarks against the study of a man but unable to prove it wrong. Where is your research stupid? Again you can not disprove the bible or the founding fathers. There Is No separation of church or state. I suggest you move to Iran or turkey or Africa. You live under the freedoms provided by the bible yet you spit at it. Rights & morals come from the bible. Until Israel & the Torah there was only dictators or kings who can kill you at their whim. law statues & covenants come from the bible. If you want separation of church & state then you can not have a state. It comes from the bible. The only thing you can have is a dictator with NO right, NO morals, NO laws or courts! That is why you need to move to a dictator country to fulfill your dream of a country.you will enjoy yourself there.

 
At Wednesday, September 05, 2012 10:09:00 AM, Anonymous Steven Ballis said...

RE: Anonymous

Wow that last comment would be amusing if it wasn't so sad. It starts out with "It amazes me at the stupid remarks by the uneducated" and then goes right into a moronic, uneducated rant with not a shred of truth to it. Where is your research on anything you asserted? Show me some proof of the bible as a whole being true. Sure there are things in the bible that are historically true, some places or events this does not prove it true as a whole though. There are many great works of fiction that use real people, places, events, etc as backdrops for stories. Egypt existed but there is absolutely no evidence that the jews were slaves or that there was any great exodus out of Egypt or a great influx of population in the "holy land" after the exodus. There is not a shred of proof any world wide flood. There is little to no proof of jesus existing. Even IF someone named jesus existed there is no want to prove that he was the son of any god. The story of jesus isn't even an orginial story (like many other stories in the bible). There are many stories of son's of gods, virgin births, raising from the dead,etc. As for your separation of church and state idea, yes it does exist. As proof I would suggest you do some research and look up the constitution, bill of rights, supreme court rules, etc. We do not live under anything provided by the bible. Rights and moral do not come from the bible. Rights come from what society agrees on. Human morals have evolved over time and help dictate what the right and laws we live by should be. The bible co-opted the morals of the jewish society at the time. This can be seen in all the laws listed in the bible nearly all of which are irrelevant in modern society and most of which are considered immoral by today's standards. If you want proof of it, just go read your bible. Everything you said shows exactly what you were railing against, that being stupid remarks given by the uneducated. You show yourself to be just that.

 

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