Hey Glenn Beck, Our Constitution is Not Based on the Bible
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And, the use of Barton's lies by the NCBCPS brings me to my final point. Barton does nothing to stop this, even when he obviously has the power to do so. Barton is on the advisory board of the NCBCPS, but apparently his "advice" doesn't include stopping this curriculum from using bogus quotes that even he himself advises his followers not to use.
Quite a few years ago, after being called out on some of his bogus founders' quotes, Barton put out a list of " Unconfirmed Quotations," and advises the readers of his website to "refrain from using them until such time that an original primary source may be found." And yet six of these bogus quotes from Barton's own "Unconfirmed Quotations" list, among them the infamous James Madison Ten Commandments quote, appear in the NCBCPS curriculum. So what, exactly, is NCBCPS advisory board member Barton advising this organization on? How to promote his lies and get them into our public schools?
And, just last week on Glenn Beck, John Hagee repeated one of these bogus quotes that Barton put out there, but now advises his followers not to use: the one about George Washington saying, "It's impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible," while fellow guest Barton just stayed silent and listened to someone spread a quote that he knows is bogus to millions of gullible Americans.
I sometimes get criticized, even by those who think that Barton is a complete charlatan, for coming right out and calling him a liar. They ask me how I can be sure that he's intentionally lying, and not just a really crappy historian. Well, it's moments like that one with John Hagee that expose him as the liar that he is, and that is exactly what I will continue to call him.
Chris Rodda is Senior Research Director for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF),author of Liars for Jesus: The Religious Right's Alternate Version of American History, and a contributor at Talk2Action.org