David Barton Keeps Up His Lies at Glenn Beck's American Revival Event
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Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 10:23:33 AM EST
On Saturday, March 27, the first of Glenn Beck's much anticipated American Revival events took place at the UCF Arena in Orlando, Florida. The highlight of this all-day event, for many of the attendees, seems to have been a several minute pause in the program when an elderly woman in the audience needed medical attention. Here, Mr. Beck showed his true humanity and Christian character, halting the show and raising the house lights so that medical personnel could get to the woman. (A communist, fascist, marxist, socialist liberal would, of course, have just ignored the situation and let the old broad croak.) And to make the moment even more special, while all this was going on, Beck began softly humming Amazing Grace, with the audience spontaneously joining in.

Joining Mr. Beck for his American Revival event were Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, and David Buckner, the guy best known for actually passing out on Beck's show, (a medical situation that did not prompt any hymn humming from Beck).

The third featured speaker at the event was none other than the star of the "Texas Textbook Massacre," Christian nationalist pseudo-historian David Barton.

For those unfamiliar with Barton, he is not only the most popular of all the Christian nationalist history revisionists, but a former vice-chair of the Texas Republican Party who was used by the GOP in recent elections to travel the country stumping for their "family values" candidates, and is very well connected with the far right members of Congress. In 2005, he was named one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America by Time Magazine. But, outside of evangelical Christian circles and those of us who fight the religious right, few people are aware of who he is, or just how dangerous he is. That, however, is now changing. Because of his role in the Texas textbook lunacy, and now, even more, because of his hooking up with Glenn Beck, people who never paid attention to Barton before are suddenly curious about who the hell this guy is. And this may be his downfall. He is no longer flying under a radar where he was only visible to his blind followers.

Enough video of Barton's performance at Beck's American Revival has now been posted online to for me to be sure that Barton is still using the same presentation that I witnessed at a church here in New Jersey a few years ago. As I wrote in another post a few months ago, back in October 2008, I attended a presentation given by Barton, and, after his presentation, approached him and gave him a copy of my book, Liars For Jesus: The Religious Right's Alternate Version of American History, a book debunking many of his lies, as well as those of a number of his fellow revisionists.

On January 16, 2009, I became the subject of a segment on Barton's WallBuilders LIVE! radio show, in which he lied about me, my book, and our encounter at his presentation. In response, I decided to make a little video, addressing not just the lies Barton told about me on his show, but also the lies he told in the presentation I attended.

Unlike Barton, I don't have the resources to produce and distribute a plethora of slick videos. All have is the camera on my laptop, a rudimentary knowledge of iMovie, and YouTube. The only advantage I have over Barton is that I'm telling the truth -- about both him and American history. Hopefully, at some point, I'll be able to make a higher quality video, but for now, my homemade effort will have to do.

I've posted this video before, but since Barton is still using the same presentation, I'm still using the same video to respond to it. There's some stuff at the beginning about what Barton said about me on his radio show last year, but, other than that, my video is still current because Barton hasn't changed his presentation.





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Great job Chris. Your videos are just fine, because you are telling the truth, and that trumps slick production any day. Barton has no shame, and will not let the truth get in the way of his agenda. Keep up the good work exposing these 'Liars for Jesus' -- whom Jesus would not have anything to do with.
One is known by the company they keep, so Barton hooking up with Beck shows the true colors of both of them.

Amazing Grace, indeed.

by COinMS on Fri Apr 02, 2010 at 07:35:55 AM EST


Chris:
this is a phenomenal effort. Thanks so much for sifting through the bs and for all the tedious work that must have entailed.
I share your concern about David Barton's possession of so many original historical documents. It wouldn't take much effort on his part to deface or remove elements from those documents that contravene his distortions of the truth.
Now I have to buy your book!
Keep up the good work and don't let it drive you batty!
Jenn


by PastorJennifer on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 08:36:54 AM EST


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