Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Chris Rodda

Guest post from Chris Rodda In its latest attempt to give the appearance of concern about complaints of religious intolerance, the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) recently conducted a five-day “investigation” that (big surprise) found that there were no problems at all, save for the occasional minor incident that could always be resolved at the…

Another guest post from Chris Rodda In each of the last two Congresses, Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) introduced his resolution for an annual spiritual heritage week. This resolution, packed with a seventy-five “Whereas” clause litany of Christian nationalist historical revisionism, was first introduced in the 110th Congress as H. Res. 888, then in the 111th…

Do Well By Doing Good

Guest post by Chris Rodda OK, I’m about to do what will either be the smartest or the stupidest thing I’ve ever done. After watching Jon Stewart’s interview of pseudo-historian David Barton last night, and the extended interview online this morning, I wasn’t sure what to do. Jon did as good a job as he…

In her speech at the March 24 and 25 Rediscover God in America conference in Iowa, Michelle Bachmann, like the other potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates who spoke at this conference, lavished praise on their fellow speaker, Christian nationalist pseudo-historian David Barton. Bachmann also revealed that her involvement in the history revisionism game goes back…

Okay, this is one for the ‘you just can’t make this crap up’ file. In my almost four years of working for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, I’ve seen all sorts of outrageously inappropriate times and places that Christianity is being dumped upon the members of our military, but while they’re taking a dump? That…

Debunking Beck University

One of the historical revisionism highlights of 2010 was the launch of Glenn Beck’s online university, Beck U. Teaching the history courses in the first semester at this esteemed institution of higher learning was, of course, none other than Beck’s new BFF “Professor” David Barton. Barton’s first class, “Faith 101,” led to me being a…

Earlier this week, a number of religious freedom activists, bloggers, and organizations were alerted by Sgt. Justin Griffith, a soldier at Fort Bragg, NC, to a mandatory U.S. Army survey called the “Soldier Fitness Tracker.” One of the areas included in this survey, which measures a soldier’s fitness in a number of areas, is “spiritual”…

This installment of my series debunking the American history lies told on Glenn Beck is about a study published in 1984 in The American Political Science Review, and how that study is misrepresented to make it appear that our founding documents were based on the Bible, especially the Book of Deuteronomy. (This video also includes…

For the third installment of my little series debunking the American history lies being told on Glenn Beck, I’m going to take on another of pseudo-historian David Barton’s favorite lies: that Thomas Jefferson dated his presidential documents not just “In the Year of Our Lord,” but that he went even further than any of our…

This is the most recent development in an outrageous story that has been developing over the better part of this year, so, for those who need to be brought up to speed, here’s what’s going on in as small of a nutshell as I can put it: There’s a fundamentalist ministry operating at the Air…