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Paul Blumenthal

Meet Rick Perry's Religious Right Patron | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to rally Christian conservative leaders in Texas this weekend to discuss strategies for his bid for th...

Rick Perry: Uniting the Really Far Right and the Really, Really Far Right

Michael Keegan | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

If Rick Perry does become the Republican "unity candidate," that will be further evidence that the GOP has abandoned any credible claim to representing the economic interests or constitutional values embraced by most Americans.

Behind Michele Bachmann's Twisted History: The Fear of Complexity

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Driving the right wing's flight into irrationality is the fear of complexity. In place of it, the right wants to substitute radically simplified fictions, whether about history, or about climate change, homosexuality or the debt ceiling.

David Barton Misleads Focus on the Family on Death Penalty Case

Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D. | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.

Speaking to Focus on the Family recently, David Barton embellished the situation to make it seem as though the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was prejudiced in the extreme against religion.

No Mistake: Why Michele Bachmann Is Trying to Rewrite History

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

While Sarah Palin's eye-darting improvs fairly scream "I didn't do my homework," in all likelihood Bachmann did do her homework on the Founding Fathers. It's just that she's reading from a different text than most of us.

Bachmann, Barton and Bull

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

While there are so many avenues to explore, Michele Bachmann's problem with teaching evolution dramatically shows how fast and loose she is willing to play with the facts.

Jason Cherkis

Tea Party's Favorite Historian Claims Expertise In Black History | Jason Cherkis | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- David Barton, the Republican establishment’s favorite amateur historian, claims in tax records reviewed by HuffPost to be something of...

The Anointed Leaders Of The Religious Right

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 07.18.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

American evangelicals, Fox News, and now the Republican Party take their intellectual cues from a roster of remarkably similar populists who head media empires.

David Barton's Lies in Action: Randy Forbes Reintroduces 'Spiritual Heritage' Resolution

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

The GOP's favorite pseudo-historian David Barton boasted to Jon Stewart recently that many members of Congress are coming to him for historical information. Well, one of these members who are taking Barton's orders is Randy Forbes.

Do Well By Doing Good

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Rather than profit on them, Ben Franklin let everybody have his inventions for the public good. It is in that spirit that I now give my book away for free.

Huckabee: All Americans Should Be Forced at Gunpoint to Listen to David Barton

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

The most outrageous statement by far at the Rediscover God in America conference came from Mike Huckabee.

Scalia Teaches First of Bachmann's Constitutional Mythology Workshops

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Scalia is not just getting mixed up in a political movement. He's getting mixed up in a political movement that centers on a skewed interpretation of the Constitution and a dangerously simple view of American history.

Lesbian Trainers File Suit Against David Barton Gym

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Two lesbian trainers have filed a lawsuit against the David Barton gym chain, claiming they were subject to homophobic harassment. From the Daily Ne...

Palin, Beck, the Tea Party and the Big Lie About Saving "Children and Grandchildren"

Will Bunch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bunch

Of course Tea Party activists are "genuinely concerned for their children and grandchildren" but unwittingly, the movement aims to usher in a sad era of national decline for children and grandchildren.

Glenn Beck's 'Historian' Uses Bad Information to Denigrate Gay Community

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alvin McEwen

David Barton is a so-called historian who has been a guest on Glenn Beck's show on numerous occasions. I guess that speaks to his "veracity," or lack thereof.

The David Barton Effect

Adrien Field | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Adrien Field

Up until the David Barton Gym extended me a month free membership, my workouts generally consisted of lifting champagne glasses at fashion parties and squeezing into skinny jeans.

Glenn Beck Goes After HuffPost For Mocking A T-Shirt Quoting Washington -- But It's A Fake Quote!

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

Mr. Beck, I would never call a quote from George Washington ridiculous, but I will call the one on that t-shirt what it is -- a fake! Even your new pal David Barton tells his followers not to use this quote.

Extremism, the Makeover, and Election 2010

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Not long ago, a passing familiarity with Bible verses, a flair for rhetoric, and hunger for a following could be enough to land someone in a small-tow...

No, Alveda King, Our Founders Did Not Put "God" On Our Money

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Rodda

Alveda King obviously needs a little history lesson -- the national motto chosen by our founders was "E Pluribus Unum." The changing of our national motto to "In God We Trust" didn't happen until the 1950s.

Ryan Grim

David Barton, Texas Textbook Massacre Architect, Backs Daniel Webster, Grayson's Opponent | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Accidentally addressing a neo-Nazi hate group can happen to even the best of folks. But doing it twice? Republican primary voters on Tuesday picked ...

Losing Their Appeal: The Real Reason the Right Is Terrified by the Prop 8 Case

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

There is no question that, regardless of the ultimate verdict in the Prop 8 case, the work of equal rights advocates is far from over.

No, Mr. Beck, That Wasn't 'Some Professor' -- That Was Me

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Rodda

Recently Glenn Beck scoffed at one of my posts in which I debunked one of the lies told by David Barton -- that Thomas Jefferson dated his documents "in the year of our Lord Christ."

Debunking Beck University's Faith 102 with 'Professor' David Barton

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

This week's class at Beck University was the second class taught by "Professor" David Barton, and, as expected, the class was packed with quite a few of Barton's pseudo-historical lies and distortions.

Michele Bachmann Sells Herself to Raise Money for Glenn Beck

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Is Michele Bachmann's use of her access to the Capitol Building as a member of Congress to host an event to raise money for Glenn Beck an ethics issue?

"Debunk U" Study Guide -- Lesson 1

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Rodda

In order to keep pace with Glenn Beck's new online university "Beck U," I've decided to break into my video series debunking Beck's "Founders' Fridays" and other history episodes to post some supplementary study material for "Debunk U."