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.