Wallbuilders Breathlessly Asks: Was Charles Darwin a Racist?

Oh, how I have missed me some Wallbuilders! In a stunningly simplistic video, Tim Barton, son of David Barton, holds up a copy of the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin and asks if Darwin was a racist. Why would he wonder this? The full title of Darwin’s book is: On the Origin of Species by … Continue reading “Wallbuilders Breathlessly Asks: Was Charles Darwin a Racist?”

Does Article II of the Constitution Come from Deuteronomy 17:15?

Self-styled historian David Barton says it does. In a DVD (also on YouTube) called Constitutional Christian, Barton repeats a familiar claim that the Constitution is full of Bible verses (hat tip RWW). Watch: [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuQOw83GqUs[/youtube] Barton specifically mentions Deuteronomy 17:15 which reads (NASV): you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God … Continue reading “Does Article II of the Constitution Come from Deuteronomy 17:15?”

The Franklin Prayer Myth that Refuses to Die: The Liberty Counsel Edition

I have come to believe that some historical myths will never die. In this Liberty Counsel edition, Mat Staver and Matt Barber reinforce their mutual misunderstanding of this story, making the delegates to the Constitutional Convention prayer warriors. As I have documented previously, Franklin proposed daily prayers but the Convention delegates did not vote favorably … Continue reading “The Franklin Prayer Myth that Refuses to Die: The Liberty Counsel Edition”

Interview with Mark Yarhouse on SAMHSA Report Calling for an End to Sexual Orientation Change Efforts for Minors

On October 15, I linked to a report published by SAMHSA which called for an end to sexual orientation change efforts for LGBT minors. At the time, I wrote: Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth was released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The report recommends the end of change … Continue reading “Interview with Mark Yarhouse on SAMHSA Report Calling for an End to Sexual Orientation Change Efforts for Minors”

Institute on the Constitution's Jake MacAulay to Share Stage with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum at SC Tea Party Event

This weekend, the theocratic Institute on the Constitution will have a representative on the program at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention. IOTC’s Jake MacAulay will share the stage with Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, possible presidential candidate Ben Carson, former Senator Rick Santorum, along with other elected officials. Post by Institute on the … Continue reading “Institute on the Constitution's Jake MacAulay to Share Stage with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum at SC Tea Party Event”

Psychologists at the Center of CIA Torture Controversy (Full Report)

Two psychologists are at the heart of the Senate report on enhanced interrogation techniques used on detainees after the 9/11/01 attack on the World Trade Center. The report can be read here. James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen have been identified by the Wall Street Journal and other media sources as the psychologists responsible for … Continue reading “Psychologists at the Center of CIA Torture Controversy (Full Report)”

Uganda Watch: Evangelicals and Ugandans on the Defensive

Ugandan politicians and evangelical leaders have been on the defensive for different reasons since the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni. Many evangelicals are having to account for support for the bill which arose from the far right element of the evangelical world and Ugandan leaders, facing loss of aid from … Continue reading “Uganda Watch: Evangelicals and Ugandans on the Defensive”

Answering Matt Barber on Jefferson and the First Amendment

Continuing the Liberty Law School misunderstanding of the First Amendment, Matt Barber cites Thomas Jefferson out of context in a recent WND column. Following David Barton, Barber wants the intent of the First Amendment to cover denominations of Christianity.  Barber writes: Now what did they mean by “… shall make no law respecting an establishment … Continue reading “Answering Matt Barber on Jefferson and the First Amendment”

NARTH Touts Jones and Yarhouse Study

I was wondering when NARTH would weigh in on the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy publication of the Jones and Yarhouse study. Dated October, 2011, the title of the post — Change in Sexual Orientation is Possible — immediately spins the study. Here is what the press release about the Jones and Yarhouse study … Continue reading “NARTH Touts Jones and Yarhouse Study”

Michael Brown: Here is a taste of next month's NARTH conference

The National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality claims to be a scientific organization. However, a review of their website finds lots of anti-gay advocacy. In the past, when I bring this up with NARTH supporters, what I have been told is that they do it because the APA does it. While I … Continue reading “Michael Brown: Here is a taste of next month's NARTH conference”