I guess I’ve had my head in the sand for a couple of decades, but the name David Barton is new to me. I’ve heard of the ideas he espouses but guess I just ignored his name in the past. It’s a name that probably shouldn’t be ignored, because he has some dangerous ideas.
I’m no expert on these things, but his ideas are contrary to what most historians of early American history believe. They are also contrary to what is best for the United States and what is best for authentic Christian faith.
The New York Times did a good introductory story on Barton May 4 titled, “Using History to Mold Ideas on the Right.”
The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty has a great piece written by Brent Walker that gives specific responses to some of Barton’s assertions–“A Critique of David Barton’s Views on Church and State.”