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Historical Revisionism

When Conservatives Engage in Islamophobia and Homophobia, and Then Evoke Nazi Analogies, Hitler Smiles Gleefully In Hell

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The political goal of making a different group become the enemy and "the other" is what every Hitler analogy should revolve around, not the vapid uses of quotes from Nazis that could apply to all politicians.

Hobby Lobby Website Proudly Displays 'Jefferson' Quote (That Actually Came from Madison, and Completely Contradicts SCOTUS Ruling)

Chris Rodda | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

No, Hobby Lobby, that quote on your website is NOT from Thomas Jefferson! And, furthermore, the document it comes from -- which was written by James Madison -- is a list of some of the best arguments AGAINST that Supreme Court ruling that you and your fellow Christian supremacists are currently gloating about.

Two Years Ago Today, the 'Least Credible History Book in Print' Was Published

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.10.2014 | Media
Chris Rodda

The Jefferson Lies was Barton's first "history" book to be published by a major publisher -- Thomas Nelson, one of the largest American trade publishers and the world's largest Christian publisher.

Holocaust: Historical Revisionism and Trivialization

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As I write this commentary on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I am outraged because of what I perceive as the use and misuse of the Holocaust by some to justify and maintain the enormous economic disparity in the U.S. and across the globe.

It's Not Revisionist History When It's Actually Accurate

Murali Balaji | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Our understanding of history is constantly changing because of new evidence, and it should never be up to any educational institution or textbook publisher to cherry-pick facts when convenient. Perhaps one of the most controversial issues in world history textbooks is the origins of ancient Indians.

Confusion Between 'Diverse Opinions' and 'Oppressive Characterizations'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Phil Robertson, of course, does not stand alone in employing religious texts and tenets, as well as his personal experiences (read as "historical revisions") to justify and rationalize his opinions and "values."

History According to Mike Huckabee: How a Book of Political Satire Saved Christmas

Chris Rodda | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

I initially started writing this post with the intent of posting it on Christmas, but since we lost the war on Christmas once again this year, I had to do all that stupid Christmas stuff like buying presents and spending time with family and friends.

On the 20th Anniversary of NAFTA

Vincent Intondi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Vincent Intondi

As we look back at twenty years of NAFTA let's use it as motivation to push this president and Congress to finally do what is right: stop using the word "alien," allow undocumented students the right to dream, and pass immigration reform once and for all.

To Swear or Not to Swear: The Founders' Original Intent for Military Oaths

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

The founders who wrote the first military oath under the Constitution in 1789 did not include the words "So help me God," so their intent was obviously that these words not be part of the oath.

Debunking David Barton's Jefferson Lies (Because They Still Need to Be Debunked)

Chris Rodda | Posted 11.16.2013 | Media
Chris Rodda

Over the last couple of weeks, I've seen a number of articles about pseudo-historian David Barton's "comeback." My first thought upon seeing these articles was "what comeback?"

Where is That Simon & Schuster Edition of The Jefferson Lies That David Barton Has Been Promising?

Chris Rodda | Posted 10.09.2013 | Media
Chris Rodda

Exactly one year ago today, on August 9, 2012, Christian publisher Thomas Nelson took the virtually unprecedented action of pulling one of its books from publication due to the book's many inaccuracies. That book, of course, was David Barton's The Jefferson Lies.

Sen. Lautenberg's 2005 Stand Against David Barton Was Much More Than Just a Stand for Separation of Church and State

Chris Rodda | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Upon hearing of his passing on Monday morning, the one thing that immediately came to mind for me was the day in 2005 when he took a stand on the Senate floor against pseudo-historian David Barton.

Rand Paul and the GOP World of Magical Thinking

Steven Conn | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

Senator Rand Paul's Magical Thinking history lesson at Howard made plain just how much the GOP world view is a product of the way they see the past without really understanding it.

One Year Ago Today, the 'Least Credible History Book in Print' was Published

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.10.2013 | Books
Chris Rodda

One year ago today, on April 10, 2012, a new book hit the shelves -- David Barton's The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.

Religion in the Military: It's 'Tradition'

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

That always seems to be the justification for any government promotion of a religious practice, both in the military and elsewhere: It's "tradition" -- and tradition trumps constitutionality. But how traditional are practices like this religious flag folding ceremony? Well, often not very.

David Barton Admits Getting Gun-Toting Students Story From Louis L'Amour, But It's OK Because L'Amour Said It Really Happened

Chris Rodda | Posted 04.28.2013 | Media
Chris Rodda

See how much a story can change in just one retelling? A gunman from San Francisco in the 1860s became a gunman from New England in the 1850s. How much might the story have already changed from whatever incident L'Amour based his novel's version on?

David Barton Claims That Gun Accidents Just Didn't Happen in the Founding Era -- Yeah, Right

Chris Rodda | Posted 04.15.2013 | Media
Chris Rodda

Barton claimed on his radio show to have "searched" and only found two gun accidents in the founding era, but his claim became even more incredible on Beck's show. Now it's two gun accidents in two hundred years!

Is David Barton Now Getting His 'History' From Louis L'Amour Novels?

Chris Rodda | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

So, did Barton get his piece of 'history' from Bendigo Shafter? Only Barton can prove that he didn't. I therefore challenge David Barton to provide a source for the story he told on Beck's show.

A Debunking of Pseudo-Historian David Barton's Book on the Second Amendment

Chris Rodda | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Like many a good Christian, pseudo-historian David Barton likes guns and, of course, thinks that every person in America has an unlimited constitutional -- and biblical -- right to own and carry them.

David Barton Tells Glenn Beck a More Obvious Lie to Refute the Refutation of a Less Obvious Lie

Chris Rodda | Posted 10.17.2012 | Media
Chris Rodda

On Thursday's episode of Glenn Beck's web-based GBTV show, Beck's guest was none other than pseudo-historian David Barton, who, as everybody knows by now, just got his bestselling book The Jefferson Lies pulled by Christian publisher Thomas Nelson.

How Dishonest Is David Barton? You Ain't Even Gonna Believe This One!

Chris Rodda | Posted 08.17.2012 | Media
Chris Rodda

Yesterday I came across one particular lie from David Barton that is so incredible that I just have to share it. For anyone who's ever wondered just how far Barton will go, I think this one answers that question.

Pseudo-Historian David Barton's New Jefferson Book is a Load of Crap -- and a Bestseller

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.02.2012 | Books
Chris Rodda

My book will be out pretty fast because of the wonders of on-demand printing, but in the meantime, here is my video debunking most of the lies in Barton's chapter about Jefferson and the University of Virginia.

"Monumental" Lies - Kirk Cameron Visits David Barton (VIDEO)

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Chris Rodda

A video clip available online shows Cameron visiting Barton's personal museum in Texas, and hearing a few of Barton's lies about the early Congress and Thomas Jefferson printing Bibles to spread the word of God to all American families.

Did Michele Bachmann Really Expect to Get Away With Her Jesse James Story?

Chris Rodda | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Nothing can explain why this woman would take a chance on making up the addition to her story that appears in her new book -- that her great-great-grandfather, Halvor Munson, won a farm in Kansas from Jesse James in a poker game!

What's Good for the Goose is NOT Good for the Christian Nationalist Pseudo-Historians

Chris Rodda | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Chris Rodda

While a group that put up the Jefferson billboard was really stupid not to verify the source of the Jefferson quote it used, I hardly think David Barton is in any position to say anything about the group's statement that they "did not misrepresent his ideas."