Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton is back with another mind-bogglingly silly argument that the United States is really an officially Christian nation – even though our Constitution doesn’t say that.
Note: Today’s blog post originally ran last year to mark Independence Day. For more information about the “Christian nation” myth, see this Americans United brochure.
Today is Independence Day, and many of us will be meeting up with family for cook-outs, picnics, reunions and other events.
A crony of Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton will not be joining the Texas Supreme Court.
Rick Green, a former Texas state representative and “Christian nation” advocate, narrowly lost his bid for the bench earlier this week to state Supreme Court incumbent Paul Green (no relation). This is at least the second time Rick Green has run unsuccessfully for the positon.
Editor’s Note: Steven K. Green is the Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law and director of the Center for Religion, Law & Democracy at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. Green, who served as legal director of Americans United from 1992—2001, is the author of several books on church-state relations, most recently Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding (Oxford University Press). Green discussed his new book with Church & State Editor Rob Boston recently.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year in Town of Greece v. Galloway that communities may open their official meetings with prayer – as long as they strive to be inclusive.
It seems that Lincoln County, N.C., Commissioner Carroll Mitchem didn’t get that memo.
Mitchem, who identifies as Christian, announced recently that non-Christians, especially Muslims, would not be permitted to deliver prayers or invocations at county commission meetings.
It was June 28, 1787, and the delegates of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia had reached an impasse. At a critical moment in which it seemed the convention was nearing dissolution, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin made an impassioned plea for all present to join together in prayer as a means of easing the mounting tension.
When we last left David Barton, the Religious Right’s favorite pseudo-historian and “Christian nation” advocate , he was under fire for claiming that he had played on a record-setting basketball team at Oral Roberts University (ORU) in the mid- 1970s.
A Louisiana sheriff is staging a July 4 rally to challenge the separation of church and state. The second annual “In God We Trust” rally is intended to celebrate the nation’s Christian heritage, according to Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington.
Dinesh D’Souza’s latest book, America: Imagine the World Without Her, comes out next month. But for now, it seems America will have to imagine a world without D’Souza.