The First Sign Of The Apocalypse! David Barton Labeled A Fraud By The Discovery Institute?!on August 10, 2012 at 11:19 am
I know this may not sound like a big deal unless you know who the players are but, trust me, it’s a BFD!
David Barton is a right wing “historian” who literally just makes shit up. Mike Huckabee loves him. Michele Bachmann loves him. Glenn Beck loves him. Newt Gingrich claims to love him but Newt’s far too smart for anyone to believe that he believes a word Barton says. Barton is a regular guest on Fox. Among his “factual” claims are quotes for Jefferson and Madison that just happen to support his claim that the Constitution was meant to allow Christians to run the country. Of course, Barton cannot provide sources for these quotes.
The Discovery Institute is devoted to forcing “Intelligent Design” aka Creationism aka Religion into public schools. They also claim to have “disproven” evolution. So, that’s all you really need to know about how seriously they (don’t) take honesty and integrity.
And then this happened:
Jay Richards of the Discovery Institute, previously a close ally of Barton’s, has broken with him due to concerns his work contains “embarrassing factual errors, suspiciously selective quotes, and highly misleading claims.” A group of 10 Christian professors he consulted about Barton’s work largely agree.
And then Barton’s publisher pulled his new book from store shelves for its glaring inaccuracies. When the Discovery Institute says you’re factually challenged and your book is banished, you are officially screwed in the academic world. That’s like being called a greedy amoral monster by Mitt Romney and fined by Goldman Sachs for ethical violations! Does it get any worse?
He’ll be on Fox complaining about the liberal conspiracy against him in 3…2…1…