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.
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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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.
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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A common belief among religious conservatives, especially those who are outspokenly pro-Israel, is that the United States is a “second Israel.” Dennis Prager has made this point before:
Contrary to what you learned at college, America from its inception has been a religious country, and was designed to be one.
As the greatest foreign observer of America, the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville, noted in his “Democracy in America,” “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.” Or, as the great British historian Paul Johnson has just written: “In [George] Washington’s eyes, at least, America was in no sense a secular state,” and “the American Revolution was in essence the political and military expression of a religious movement.”
In fact, the Founders regarded America as a Second Israel, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, the “Almost Chosen” People. This self-identification was so deep that Thomas Jefferson, today often described as not even a Christian, wanted the seal of the United States to depict the Jews leaving Egypt at the splitting of the sea. Just as the Jews left Egypt, Americans left Europe.
Today, Glenn Beck stood that idea on its head:
During his speech, Beck boldly declared that the United States was “established for the establishment of Israel,” meaning that the United States was established by God specifically for the purpose of re-establishing the nation of Israel.
Here is the double your money quote:
…that is what happens when you get your history from people like David Barton.
Let’s go to the tape:
Pseudo Historian David Barton - last seen alarming people on how the US has become an evangelist for both gay and homosexual marriage - will be teaching his revisionist history by video for a summer course offered by an Ohio school district:
Warren Throckmorton reports today that Ohio’s Springboro School District is planning to offer a summer course on the Constitution…taught via video by revisionist historian David Barton and his Christian Reconstructionist pal John Eidsmoe, and sponsored by the extreme Christian-nation group Institute on the Constitution.
The announcement for the course offers families an opportunity to “learn your Godly American heritage and birthright”:
Pseudo historian David Barton said today that the United States has now become an evangelist for gay marriage at home and abroad.
As part of the diabolical plot to force homosexuality on the nation, gays - undoubtedly with the blessing of the Obama administration (who some conservatives believe is secretly gay himself…in addition to being a secret Muslim…and a secret Muslim…but those are other stories…) will join the US military in order to force chaplains to administer same sex marriages against their will.
Not only that, he says the State Department is now telling other countries that they better start marrying the gays..or else:
He accused the State Department of telling other countries that “you gonna have to get on track with gay marriage and you gonna have to get homosexuality in the nation.” And he finally named which Central American country the US is supposedly forcing to legalize same-sex marriage: Belize.
Of course, Barton was completely off base: the State Department criticized Belize over its harsh law criminalizing homosexuality and for unbridled harassment and discrimination against gays and lesbians.
But never let facts get in the way of scaring the hell out of gullible Bible thumpers.
Here David speak the truth below:
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