Pastor Rafael Cruz, father of wingnut Ted Cruz, has lately become nothing more than a dimestore version of Pseudo Historian David Barton, as Right Wing Watch demonstrates in this video.
Right wing watch recently found something that might be of interest to you. Rafael Cruz, the father of Ted Cruz, has apparently been listening to the American far right’s favorite “historian.” No surprise, really, unfortunately.
Yes David Barton is such a great “historian.” Maybe the real reason that it’s not taught in any of our public schools, is because it’s baseless and only the uneducated believe it. Rafael, if you really want to educate yourself, do yourself a favor, start reading the work of people like Chris Rodda instead, who has successfully debunked Barton on multiple occasions. Like Barton, you are either incredibly ignorant or a liar. Secularism wasn’t something that was just made up by “evil liberals” to suppress Christians. Groups like Americans United For the Separation of Church And Sate, defend our religious liberty, not persecute Christians or suppress Christianity. Also Rafael, like it or not, as Americans, secularism is a part of our county’s history. Our nation was not founded on Christianity or any other religion for that matter, and that’s a good thing.
The Bible says so.
During his recent appearance on “The Gospel Truth” with Andrew Wommack, Barton explained that Scott Peterson, who was convicted of having murdered his wife and unborn child back in 2002, should not have received the death penalty because there were no eyewitnesses to the crime.
Citing Deuteronomy 17:6, which states that “on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses the one who is to die shall be put to death,” Barton argued that even though Peterson was guilty of murder, he should not have received a death sentence because there were not two or more witnesses to the crime as required by the Bible:
A few weeks ago, we posted a clip of David Barton and Kenneth Copeland asserting that those who serve in the military are “ministers of God” and therefore are to be “esteemed and venerated” for their service. As such, Copeland asserted that soldiers should never suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder because the Bible says that they are to be “guiltless before the Lord” and Barton wholeheartedly agreed.
Said clip is right here:
Reading from Numbers 32, Copeland said that soldiers are doing the work of God and, as such, “shall return and be guiltless before the Lord” meaning that they should never suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“You listen to me,” Copeland said, addressing the camera, “you get rid of that right now. You don’t take drugs to get rid of it, it doesn’t take psychology; that promise right there will get rid of it.
Well, some folks didn’t take too kindly to that:
This isn’t the first time Copeland and Barton have been “profoundly ignorant about theology and history,” said Joe Carter, an editor and communications director for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
“But for them to denigrate the suffering of men and women traumatized by war — and to claim biblical support for their callow and doltish views — is both shocking and unconscionable,” Carter said. “Rather than downplaying the pain of PTSD, they should be asking God to heal our brothers and sisters.”
So what’s a pseudo historian to do? Claim you were “taken out of context”:
David Barton and WallBuilders have a long unwavering and proven record of unequivocal support for those in the Armed Forces, including their families, as well as military personnel and veterans suffering from PTSD. David not only has several children and family members serving in the military but we also regularly highlight numerous military heroes on our daily radio program and send out blasts in support of the military. Additionally, we actively raise money for groups who work to help heal our warriors, including those suffering from PTSD. Yet despite this unflagging support, Right Wing Watch, Huffington Post, and others from the liberal secularist left recently circulated a short clip, taken out of context from a long interview David did on a Veteran’s Day program stressing the importance of spiritual components in the treatment of PTSD. As a result of the inaccurate “reporting” of these so-called “news” outlets, many who saw those reports voiced concern to us over what they had been wrongly told. It is lamentable that while we support multiple approaches for PTSD treatments, the critics are so hostile to religion that they flatly dismiss possible spiritual solutions. Rest assured that we will continue our demonstrated record of support for using all available resources to assist those suffering from PTSD. And we will continue to work closely, as we have been, with top military and medical officials who on a daily basis treat these men and women who make so many sacrifices to preserve and protect the freedoms for the rest of us.
We encourage you to watch the full program for yourself to see the entire context (link provided below)!
Right Wing Watch concurs:
We too encourage everyone to watch the full program where you will see that Barton’s and Copeland’s words were not, in any way, taken “out of context.” In fact, the entire context of the program was that God believes in war and soldiers are the ministers who carry out His justice, which is exactly what Barton was saying in the segment that we published!
But perhaps we should not be surprised that Barton willfully misrepresents what taking something out of context actually means since literally taking things out of context is part of his standard operation procedure.
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Far-right pseudo historian David Barton is, by all appearances, “seriously considering” a primary campaign against Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). And if Barton follows through, the treasure trove of quotes will be practically limitless.
For example, my friend Kyle Mantyla flagged an interview between Barton and televangelist Kenneth Copeland, which will reportedly air sometime this week, in which they argue that abortion rights can lead to supernatural punishment.
Once “you open the door to killing,” Barton added, “it’s got a lot of different manifestations” because the nation immediately falls under the judgment of God as He removes his protection and “whap, here comes storms like we’ve never seen before and here comes floods and here comes climate stuff that we can’t explain; all of the hot times and all the cold times and not enough rain and too much rain and we’re flooding over here and we’ve got droughts over here … And today we’re saying ‘oh no, it’s global warming.” No, we opened a door that lost God’s protection over our environment and that’s our choice.”
As one my colleagues joked today, the good news is David Barton kinda sorta believes global warming is the result of human activity.
Sure, he doesn’t mean human activity in the sense of carbon pollution, but by the standards of the extremist fringe, at least he’s not denying that global warming is real, right?
Peudo Historian David Barton may toss his hat into the Texas Senatorial ring next year, which has religious right wingnuts excited, but Right Wing Watch has compiled 15 of his completely whacked out statements.
Among the most glaring examples of either profound stupidity or frighteningly bad craziness:
1. God Is Rightfully Blocking A Cure For HIV/AIDS
Barton is delighted by the fact that God is preventing researchers from finding a cure or vaccine for HIV/AIDS. According to Barton, HIV/AIDS is a punishment for sin and therefore God will block a potential cure: “God says, ‘Hey you’re going to bear in your body the consequences of this homosexual behavior.’” He argues that HIV/AIDS is a divine “penalty” for gay people’s “shameful sexual acts.” On a similar note, Barton has called homosexuality “absolutely reprehensible and disgusting” and said that marriage equality means we “are going down as a nation.”
2. “We Had To Destroy Indian Tribes”
Barton justified the slaughter of Native Americans as a defensive war against tribes who “declared war on all the white guys.” “We had to go in and we had to destroy Indian tribes all over until they said ‘Oh, got the point,’” Barton said, claiming that the tactics were only necessary because Native Americans were resisting missionaries who were trying to “civilize” them.
5. Founding Fathers Refuted The Theory of Evolution
While the nation’s founders lived long before Charles Darwin published his seminal works, Barton contends that the founders “already had the entire debate on creation and evolution” and sided with Creationism.
6. Evolution Should Be Banned In School Due To Separation Of Church And State
Barton maintains that evolution, secular humanism and atheism are all religions that should be banned in public school because of the separation of church and state. “Darwinism and evolution is a religion. Why don’t we say, ‘Hey, we can’t teach Darwinism in school. That affects the way people behave. I demand separation of church and state. Get Darwinism out of the classroom.’”
11. Constitution Quotes The Bible ‘Verbatim’
Even though Barton can’t find a single actually verbatim quote from the Bible in the Constitution, he consistently claims that the Constitution quotes the Bible “verbatim.” It is no wonder that he also asserts that God established America’s system of elections. It is no surprise then that Barton advocates the theocratic Seven Mountains Dominionism.
Don’t like National Review? Fine, but this is a reporting piece, not an opinion piece and Betsy Woodruff gives it to us straight:
David Barton, an Evangelical Christian historian who recently made headlines for a controversial history of Thomas Jefferson, is seriously considering primarying Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas), per multiple sources. Rick Green, one of Barton’s closest advisers, tells National Review Online the following in an e-mail:
“More than 1,000 (zero exaggeration, that is an actual number) tea party and republican party leaders have asked David Barton to run. Polling says Sen. Cornyn is vulnerable and that’s why he is running ads right now. Like America’s Founding Fathers, David Barton will not “seek” this office, but if the people of Texas speak loud enough in the next few days, he could most certainly be drafted in by the voters.”
Another Republican consultant in Austin familiar with Barton’s thinking elaborates on that. “The conservatives are putting in a significant effort to get him into the race, and this is not a drill — he might actually do it,” the consultant tells me. “I think David is probably mulling the race because he’s getting pushed really hard to mull the race. If people weren’t really pushing him hard, I don’t think he would be considering it. He probably fits the one profile which would be really threatening to Cornyn.”
Cornyn drew ire from some state tea-party activists this summer when he took his name off a letter from Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) calling for his Senate colleagues to oppose any continuing resolution that funded the Affordable Care Act. Other conservative activists and outside groups have rallied behind the senator, Texas Right to Life endorsed him, and he has A+ and A ratings from Gun Owners of America and the National Rifle Association, respectively. And, per his Facebook page, he met with conservatives and tea-party supporters in the Dallas County North Republican Club just last week.
Julie McCarty, president of the NE Tarrant Tea Party, says that grassroots activists in her circles have quickly latched onto the idea of a Barton campaign because they “so desperately” want someone to replace Cornyn. “We trust him,” she says of Barton. “We trust him to be one of us.”
A truly stupid idea. I hope Sen. Cornyn blows this lunatic away in the primary.
Why waste your time with the drudgery of reading through original documents in a dank library all by yourself on a beautiful day while everyone else is out playing golf or barbequing or at the ball game when you can either parrot right wing propaganda, or make up your own and get paid for it?
In that regard, David Barton is a genius!
But I digress, and here, Barton wades into the intellectual wading pool that is global warming denial:
“Global warming occurs,” Barton stated, but “we haven’t had it in sixteen years. But anthropogenic? That hasn’t been proved at all, not by a long shot. Anthropogenic means man-caused global warming. I mean, we’ve got cycles, you bet. That’s why we have averages. That’s why in Texas we go from summers of 70 degrees to summers of a 120 degrees. I mean, it’s averages.
Okay, that’s not what he actually said. Here’s his actual quote:
We often say let homosexuals have the right to marry, et cetera; no, no, no, it doesn’t stop with that - a little leaven leavens the whole loaf - these guys are not wanting to be equal, they’re wanting to be dominant.
You can’t help but wonder, though, if some of the comments homophobes like Barton, Fischer, and others, are Freudian slips, eh?
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