The David Barton controversy has come to Montana. According to the Missoula Independent:
Former state legislator Scott Mendenhall sounds disappointed. On the morning of Feb. 26, he learned that Gov. Steve Bullock won’t attend the annual Montana Governor’s Prayer Breakfast.
At issue is the breakfast’s keynote speaker, David Barton. Barton has garnered national headlines for his revisionist teachings, pro-life advocacy and calls to criminalize homosexuality, all of which would seem to run contrary to Bullock’s politics. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “The scary thing about David Barton is that he has the ear of so many.”
The governor’s office is playing down the issue saying the governor did not know he was expected to attend. Activists of various persuasions apparently raised red flags about Barton’s attendance which was enough to cause the disclaimer.
I am looking into whether or not this Montana prayer breakfast is affiliated with the National Prayer Breakfast. Barton is slated to speak at a prayer breakfast in Kansas. According to sources within the Fellowship, the Kansas group is not affiliated with the national Fellowship.