NPR Blew It This Time: David Barton is NOT an Evangelist

In a new essay NPR calls the political activist David Barton an ‘evangelist’.  Not by any stretch of the imagination; not by any accurate or authentic use of the word, can Barton be titled ‘Evangelist’.  He is NOT an evangelist.  Please, refrain from calling him that.  It gives Evangelists who really are such a bad name which they don’t deserve.

David Barton is not a historian. He has a bachelor’s degree in Christian education from Oral Roberts University and runs a company called WallBuilders in Aledo, Texas. But his vision of a religion-infused America is wildly popular with churches, schools and the GOP, and that makes him a power. He was named one of Time magazine’s most influential evangelicals. He was a long-time vice chairman for the Texas Republican Party. He says that he consults for the federal government and state school boards, that he testifies in court as an expert witness, that he gives a breathtaking 400 speeches a year.

He has a B.A….  That’s all.  That says it all.  No wonder his citations are inaccurate.  Nevertheless, he isn’t, and I can’t repeat this enough, he ISN’T an evangelist.

If NPR wants to call him anything, call him an ideologue.

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4 thoughts on “NPR Blew It This Time: David Barton is NOT an Evangelist

  1. […] NPR Blew It This Time: David Barton is NOT an Evangelist […]

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  2. swallison50 8 Aug 2012 at 10:09 pm

    It is deplorable that so many uncritically accept his deceptions. An internet friend of mine debated him some time ago. Barton ran into a buzz saw. My friend is a rare bird, a Church of Christ scholar who is therefore familiar and intimate with fundamentalist Christianity and who is also a democrat and teaches at a Methodist school.

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  3. Patricia 9 Aug 2012 at 11:11 am

    Is this the guy who was assosciated with or helped produce the historically inaccurate writings and videos of the late Rev, Peter Marshall jnr. I once emailed Peter Marshall to query some of his “facts” about the Founding Fathers, the treatment of the native American Indians and the American history of slavery but received a most unstisfactory response.

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    • Jim 9 Aug 2012 at 11:12 am

      one and the same.

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