The worst thing about right wing religious fanatics like David Barton is that they’re sneaky and dishonest. Barton has made a career out of peddling lies about American history to the gullible, and in this new video from Right Wing Watch he’s actually advising a room full of students at Ohio Christian University how to sneak Christian indoctrination into public schools.
Notice that the student who asks the question wants to know how to do this without getting fired … so he’s well aware it’s unethical and dishonest (not to mention, possibly illegal and certainly unconstitutional) for a teacher to do this, but he wants to know how to do it anyway. Yikes.
Barton suggested that the student get a job as an English or History teacher because that would allow him to sneak in discussions of the Bible or read Christian prayers in the classroom under the guise of simply teaching these subjects.
For instance, Barton recommend that, as an English teacher, he could have his students read the works of Shakespeare, which Barton claimed contain quotes from over two thousand Bible verses. “So what you can do,” Barton said, “is look up that phrase he just said; well, that’s right out of Matthew 7:23. So you’re just simply using English Lit.”
He could do the same as a History teacher, Barton said, suggesting that he could teach his students about Founding Father Thomas McKean who used to deliver altar calls in the courtroom when he served as a judge. “You can read an altar call,” Barton said, “here’s what was done in 1779 in Thomas McKean’s courtroom. It’s an altar call, but all you’re doing is reading history.”