David Barton Approves Sharia Law in U.S., & Lies to Jon Stewart on National Television
Contact: Wes Lowry, Producer, Noise of Thunder Radio, 407-914-9767
OPINION, May 12, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Christian J. Pinto:
Last week, David Barton appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to defend his views on American history. Much of Barton's dialogue was hard to follow, and he strangely seemed to suggest that he was not really pushing for the idea of America as a "Christian nation," something radically different from the impression he gives in the Christian community. His comments concerning Hasidic Jews and Muslims showed that he is, in reality, interested in promoting universal ideas of religion.
Perhaps most shocking is that at one point in the interview, Barton actually defended the practice of Sharia Law in America, giving the impression that its practice would be a Constitutional right, if a majority of Muslims voted for it in a particular community.
STEWART: "Do you feel like the majority in a locality should be able to determine?"
BARTON: "Sure, sure ..." (Barton speaks about Hasidic Jews)
STEWART: "So you would allow -- let's say, Dearborn, Michigan is a majority Muslim."
BARTON: "And it is ..."
STEWART: "You'd be alright with Sharia Law and the whole business?"
BARTON: "Sure, sure ..."
STEWART: "Well, that's consistent."
Stewart seemed surprised at how incredibly liberal Barton's response was, but not nearly as surprised as those the Texas historian has been preaching to for the last 20 years. For those who are not familiar with the brutal and bloodthirsty tenets of Islam's Sharia Law, here is a link called "Sharia for Dummies" to provide a brief look at what it involves:
Barton also denied that he quotes history out of context, when Stewart confronted him about a quote from John Adams concerning "the Holy Ghost," as is shown in the film, "The Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers," by Adullam Films (available at www.noiseofthunder.com)
In this quote, Barton makes it appear as if John Adams was speaking favorably about the Holy Ghost in a letter he wrote to Benjamin Rush. In reality, Adams was mocking the idea of "Holy Ghost authority" and called Christians "dupes" for believing in it.
When questioned by Jon Stewart, Barton's defense was that he had shown the whole letter to his audience -- when in reality, the writing of the letter was so small, there is simply no way anyone could have been able to read it. The dialogue went something like this:
STEWART: "But you use this quote to say that he is believing in the Holy (Ghost) ..."
BARTON: "No, on John Adams, I put the whole letter up there. See, they've taken those parts out. I put the letter up there."
STEWART: "So you are the one using things in context."
BARTON: "Well, I'm trying to -- that's why I put the whole letter up there."
When Barton denied that he used the Adams' quote to make it appear that John Adams believed in the Holy Ghost, he was clearly lying to Jon Stewart. To see the whole story with video clips of Barton and the words from his own mouth, go to the Noise of Thunder article here:
Barton has presented the Adams quote on the Glenn Beck program, and in churches. It is clear that he presents the quote to make it appear as if Adams approved of the Holy Ghost, when in fact, he was speaking in rejection of the idea of this Christian belief. John Adams was a well known Unitarian, and did not even believe that the Holy Ghost existed. Let the viewer be the judge!