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David Barton:
Amateur Historian, Professional Propagandist

David Barton founded WallBuilders, a religious advocacy organization opposed to the separation of church and state, in 1989. Barton served as vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 1997 to 2006. He also worked for the Republican National Committee in 2004 to recruit conservative pastors into the GOP.

In 1991 Barton spoke at two events sponsored by groups with ties to white supremacists. He later claimed that he had not known the groups were “part a Nazi movement."
(Casper Star Tribune, 6/20/97, 6/22/97, letter from David Barton, 7/2/93; Boston, Rob. “David Barton: Master of Myth and Misinformation,” Freedom Writer, Institute for First Amendment Studies, June 1996.)

Barton's WallBuilders Web site suggests as a "helpful" resource an organization -- the National Association of Christian Educators/ Citizens for Excellence in Education -- that campaigns for all Christian parents to remove their children from public schools, which the group calls places of "social depravity" and "spiritual slaughter" for Christians.

He acknowledges that he has used in his writings and speeches nearly a dozen “quotes” he attributes to the nation’s Founders but for which he can point to no primary source evidence, a basic standard for academicians.

Barton argues that our nation's laws should be based on the Bible, even writing that income taxes, capital gains taxes and inheritance taxes violate biblical mandates.

He argues that the United States was founded as a “Christian nation” but that there is a “war on God in America” today.

Barton believes Congress should impeach judges whose rulings are opposed by social conservatives, such as on the issue of prayer in schools, and he argues that the judiciary should not be an independent branch of government.

He has written that U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison, who is Muslim, has “flaunted American traditions and cultural values” by openly taking his oath of office on the Koran instead of the Bible, and he has encouraged others to seek Ellison’s conversion to Christianity.

Barton has argued that the Supreme Court’s decision that sodomy laws are unconstitutional will lead to, among other things, the legalization of public sex, prostitution, polygamy, the promotion of homosexuality in public schools and the end of abstinence-only sex education.

He characterizes the debate over evolution as a “death struggle between civilizations,” with the courts siding with “non-theistic” evolution and threatening what he sees as the biblical foundations for protecting freedom.

Barton’s rabid partisanship is hardly appropriate for someone charged with reviewing a social studies curriculum for public schools. In fact, Barton has written:

“There truly is a difference between Congressional Republicans and Democrats, and nowhere is this difference more evident than on traditional moral values. The Democrats' cry of ‘partisanship’ is simply a smokescreen to divert attention from the lack of a moral compass that permeates their Party.

However, in the wake of the impeachment vote, the Democrats are finally clamoring for something that America actually does need: bi-partisanship. America does need two parties standing up for what is morally right-America does need two parties demanding accountability for the acts of all individuals regardless of their social position-America does need two parties seeking to preserve the moral foundations of the nation. Up to now, the only thing preventing this bi-partisanship is the Democrats.

The current partisanship exists only because the overwhelming majority of Democrats demand on the defense of what is morally indefensible and refuse to join with the overwhelming majority of Republicans who continue to defend what is morally right. It is time for Democrats to heed their own call and become bi-partisan, joining with the Republicans in defending America's great moral values."