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Opinion

Opinion

Author examined

March 29, 2012

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To the editor:

Carl Burkhead’s letter in the Public Forum (March 24) made me wary of what we will be hearing in this year’s presidential election. Using biblical quotes to support one’s position on a myriad of problems seems quite common, but I find it offensive when it is used to support a political viewpoint in bizarre and untrue ways.

Burkhead failed to name the person who forwarded this message that claimed, “Obama is the most biblically hostile president,” nor did he tell us who wrote it, which always helps in the true-false evaluation. According to the web link he provided, the author is David Barton. According to Wikipedia, Barton is an evangelical preacher, former vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party and political consultant to the Republican National Committee as outreach to evangelicals.

Wikipedia continues: “Barton’s position that the modern view of separation of church and state is not consistent with the views of our Founders. His official biography describes him as ‘an expert in historical and constitutional issues.’ Barton holds no formal credentials in history or law and scholars dispute the accuracy and integrity of his assertions about history, accusing him of practicing misleading historical revisionism, ‘pseudo scholarship’ and ‘outright falsehoods.’ His research has been described as flawed by many historians, who dismiss his work as that of “a biased amateur who cherry-picks quotes from history and the Bible.”

Perhaps, we all need to be kindly reminded what a false prophet really is, not only in Christianity but in other religions and ways of life.

Comments

SouthWestKs 2 years, 9 months ago

You should NEVER EVER use Wikipedia for the facts.. Have a good day & stay cool!!

Gotalife 2 years, 9 months ago

Since she is not using Wiki to write an academic paper or scholarly journal, but is using it to find easily accessible biographical information, seems to be appropriate. Totally agree with Ms. Van Tassel.

rockchalker52 2 years, 9 months ago

Barton is: A) "... official biography describes him as ‘an expert in historical and constitutional issues.’ B) “...a biased amateur who cherry-picks quotes from history and the Bible.”

I vote 'B' Carl gets an 'F'

Abdu Omar 2 years, 9 months ago

Personally, I am tired of the categorization of people. What does it mean that he is evangelical or not conservative enough? What does it matter what religion a person is when he/she runs for office. It is the leadership, the understanding of issues, ideas, and education that should put someone in the Whitehouse, not the religion or place of worship or even if he/she worships. We are a people whose government is divided according to beliefs and religious dogma and that is not what our founding father had in mind. We all should sit back and determine who is the best leader who will work for the people, not his/her party or religion.

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