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.
Barton Backs Down: ‘Christian Nation’ Advocate Corrects Some of His Bogus Statements About U.S. History
Faux historian David Barton, a “Christian nation” advocate who made a name for himself by peddling pseudo history to gullible Religious Right audiences, has come under fire of late for distorting the truth or flat out making things up. So what’s a bogus scholar to do? In this case, correct some old errors.
Back in 2007, Barton headlined a tour of the U.S. Capitol on behalf of Religious Right advocacy group the Family Research Council (FRC). FRC made a video of that tour, in which Barton made numerous false and misleading claims about the Founding Fathers and the supposed “Christian origins” of the United States.
The video received over 4 million views on YouTube, but that high visibility may have backfired on Barton and the FRC. So outrageous were some of Barton’s claims, that 34 Christian historians and social scientists asked FRC to pull the video from YouTube, said Warren Throckmorton, a professor at Grove City College, a conservative Christian institution in Pennsylvania.
Throckmorton said FRC admitted Barton’s errors, and made the video private. Barton then corrected some of his previous comments by placing new audio in the old video, Throckmorton added.
Barton posted the updated video on his WallBuilders website this week, and because Throckmorton has made it something of a mission to debunk Barton, he compared Barton’s 2007 statements with his newer ones. He concluded that the pseudo scholar has made progress toward the truth, but quite a bit of distortion still remains in Barton’s version of history.
As Barton sees it (along with many other wingnuts such as Ann Coulter), all you need to know is that the Democratic Party is responsible for everything from slavery to Jim Crow laws.
Here is a clip from a DVD Barton’s organization Wallbuilders is encouraging everyone to buy called Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black and White:
Here is a report People For the American Way compiled on Barton’s revisionist history.
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Some here have taken issue with me for even calling David Barton a “pseudo” historian, I guess because even that insult is an insult to pseudo historians everywhere, but I digress…
At any rate, David Barton was on Glenn Beck’s TV show, discussing the film Lincoln, even though he admits he didn’t see it because it had lots of bad words in it.
Let’s go to the tape:
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Barton insisted that the Founders called the Second Amendment “the biblical right of self defense” and crafted it to ensure that citizens could protect themselves again any and all threats, including the government, with equal firepower.
In Barton’s view, whatever weapons the government possesses must also be available to the population at large because the citizens might one day need to resist the government, so this principle of “equal power … has got to control the gun control debate”:
Finding biblical meaning in any part of the Constitution is nothing new for Barton. In fact, he has repeatedly made false claims that the US Consitution contains several direct quotations from the Bible.