Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution & Religion

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WallBuilder Press, Mar 1, 2000 - History - 534 pages
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From the left: Barton has a Bachelor of Arts in Math Education degree from Oral Roberts University and he received an Honorary Doctorate from Pensacola Christian College. He is the founder of Wallbuilders, a group dedicated to developing "materials to educate the public concerning the periods in our country's history when its laws and policies were firmly rooted in Biblical principles," and to exposing the 'myth' of the constitutional separation of church and state. Barton's writings on church and state reflect his theological stance only, and have been shown to have numerous errors, distortions, and outright lies. For example ... he states the following: It is constitutional for public schools to display Jewish and Islamic religious holiday symbols but not Christian ones. Skoros v. City of New York, 200695. This simply is not true. This school displayed secular objects related to Judaism, Islam, AND CHRISTIANITY. But David Barton doesn't tell you that. He wants you to believe that a school in New York is endorsing Judaism and Islam, but doesn't allow Christianity. The students made Christmas Trees, Christmas Wreaths, and Snowmen ... which represented the secular side of Christmas. They also made menorahs and dreidels; representing the secular side of Judaism. The crescent and moon represented The secular side of Islam. Again, David Barton does not mention this, leading the reader to think that the Star of David was present. This is only one example of the deceit in this book. He is not a serious historical scholar but rather sifts through records looking for anything to support his biased revisionist view. His work will appeal to those fundamentalists who want a book to tell them their belief system is right and that America was founded as a Christian nation. It's great political fiction but it is designed only to energize the true believer.

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User Review  - rpbell - LibraryThing

The review by @hewhocutsdown is most unfortunate. While he may disagree with the decidedly religious bent of Barton's work, what he cannot refute is the reality that there is no such thing in the ... Read full review

Should be considered a text book for History

User Review  - spoonie - Christianbook.com

I believe that if there is any hope for The United States to exist for long as a free country we must point our younger generations to these truths that with out the morality established and taught by ... Read full review


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David Barton has been a Research Associate at Stanford University and a Visiting Scholar at OISE, Toronto. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Lancaster University.

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