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:
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.
Glenn Beck, sporting a red polka dot blue bow tie that goes really well with his plaid shirt, explains how American history can essential be traced back to the Israelites.
You see, after the defeat of the Assyrians, the lost tribes of Northern Israel fled through the “Caucus” mountains…and Caucus is where “Caucasian” comes from, and this is the foundation of his thesis that all of western civilization is based on the laws of Israel.
Problem is, those mountains are actually called the “Caucasus” mountains, but why let a mere technicality like the correct name of something ruin a little revisionist history?
One more thing…well, did you know that the Statue of Liberty is a representation of Moses on Mt. Sinai? It’s true. Really. It is.
I’m really proud of Glenn. He was able to make up all this twaddle without any help at all from David Barton!
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:
We are about 5 weeks away from the release of Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America by Dan Balz of The Washington Post, but the revisionist history being sold by the Romney family is already making its way into the press.
During a Christmas holiday trip to Hawaii in 2010, the Romney family held a vote. Should Romney, who lost the 2008 presidential primary, run again? Ten of 12 family members voted no — including the candidate. Only Tagg and Ann Romney, Romney’s wife, voted yes.
That’s right…he and 9 other family members were against the idea less than 23 months before the election. Please ignore all of the money being collected for his run at this point…as well as his No Apology book being prepared for paperback release with the bit defending his state-level healthcare program edited in the wake of Obamacare.
Mitt Romney’s reluctance about a race lingered for months after the family vote in Hawaii, Tagg Romney explained.
“Even up until the day before he made the announcement, he was looking for excuses to get out of it,” Tagg Romney is quoted as saying in Collision 2012. “If there had been someone who he thought would have made a better president than he, he would gladly have stepped aside.” (link)
Tagg wants the world to know that his dad just couldn’t think of ANYONE else who could handle the job. So you see he had no choice but to go against his own wishes and those of the vast majority of his family.
We will apparently also learn:
He didn’t realize that his call for “self-deportation” of immigrants who are in the country illegally would be damaging. Romney told Balz that he believed his call for self-deportation was the “compassionate approach.”
On his plan for self-deportation, Romney said, “I still don’t know whether it’s seen as being punitive in the Hispanic community. I mean, I know it is in the Anglo community … I didn’t recognize how negative and punitive that term would be seen by the voting community.” (link)
I guess he was counting on Hispanics seeing the positive and not at ALL punitive side of deportation!
It seems like we will have most of the best nuggets from this book before it actually hits the shelves…but once it does, I will be going straight to the index to see if there is anything there about who suggested Mitt get the bizarre looking tan he sported on Univision:
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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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.
H/T - Right Wing Watch
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:
Hat tip - Right Wing Watch