Scott Lively May Trump Beck As Prince Of Fools
But The Christian Right Still Insists On Quackery
listen to Glenn Beck. Yes, they do. And because they do, the rest of
the country has to suffer the slings and arrows of unreasoned hatred
fueled by an insipid lust for power. But who does Glenn Beck listen to?
Does he listen to anyone? Do the writings of some pseudo-historian
drive Beck's history and blackboard shenanigans?
introduced David Barton as the "historian" who is "The Library of
Congress In Shoes." Unfortunately, those shoes only hold a "career upon
his claim that United States government was founded on Biblical
Barton is a collector of early American documents, and his official biography describes him as "an expert in historical and constitutional issues." Barton holds no formal credentials in history or law, and critics dispute the accuracy and integrity of his assertions about history, accusing him of practicing misleading historical revisionism and "pseudoscholarship."
claim that ours is a Christian Nation is specious at best. His
discourses on slavery dodge the bullet when he skirts around the
subject by citing his friend, Stephen McDowell, whose close
relationship with R.J. Rushdoony (THE Reconstructionist) shines through
in his explanation: America's slavery was not BIBLICAL Slavery! In
other words, "Southern Slavery Wrong - Biblical slavery Right!"
Reconstructionism has long been a taboo subject for American Christians because it advocates "reconstructing" government to conform strictly to Biblical law. For years, pastors, churches and denominations were quick to disassociate themselves from the Chalcedon Foundation, founded by Rushdoony. But today, unreason has taken hold and Reconstructionism is hiding in plain sight: in the teachings of people like David Barton.
Barton is a fraud. Beck knows it. Groups like Tony Perkins' Family Research Council know it. But neither of them care, because they need people like Barton.
FRC and Scott Lively
It took the "kill the gays bill" in Uganda to bring Scott Lively to the forefront of influential "historians." His book, The Pink Swastika, was debunked by legitimate historians condescending to talk about such idiocies: Hitler was gay, he surrounded himself with gay men because they had no conscience and were the most vicious, therefore Nazism was founded by gays. Lively brought forth his precepts in Kampala, Uganda last year, along with the principle that the criminalization of homosexuality was the best way to eradicate it:
[from a statement made in 2007 in a letter to Russia]