To the evangelical movement, there are few more prestigious than David Barton, the founder of Wallbuilders, an organization dedicated to the ideal that the foundation of the United States was the Bible. This revisionist historian has rejected hundreds of years of documentation, and dived whole-heartedly into the goal of distorting US history and subverting the truth in order to push this own agenda. It is now clear, however, it is not just US history that he seeks to distort, but the biblical history he claims the United States is based on:
I wrote this down recently and I’m thinking about it as a name for a book; if not the name for a book, this is definitely something that we have to at least get in our thinking. So let me throw out the thought that I had here, this is just throwing out the title for a book:
When tolerance is a sin and hate is a virtue.
I throw that out because we’re getting to the point where tolerance is a bad thing and hate is a good thing. And let me define that: we’re told in, I believe it’s Proverbs 4:13, it says “the fear of the Lord is to hate evil.” Which means that if I’m going to stand for what God stands for, there’s some certain things I have to hate: I have to hate evil, I have to hate murder – well no, you can’t hate, that’s a bad thing … no, hate is a good thing!
I mean hating Nazis, that’s a good thing. And people say “well, you hate their philosophy, you don’t hate the people.” No, I hate people who want to kill other people and I’m sorry that they’re killing others but the guys who were on the Nazi trials at the end, I’m sorry, I just hate what they did. Alright, I love them as a person, yes Jesus died for them, I understand, but I hate certain things.
So we’ve got to get to the point where tolerance is seen as a sin because we’re tolerating a lot stuff that destroys our families, that destroys our own character and we can’t tolerate that stuff. We have to get back to the point where hate is a virtue, at least certain kinds of hate. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil and we need to have a hatred of things and get off this fence of having no passion about anything. You know, I tolerate anything, I’m not going to have a passion good or bad, I’m not going to hate anything … We just can’t do that and we’ve got to get back to that same type of intolerance, that we’re going to be intolerant of liberalism.
As if written by Orwell himself, “tolerance is a sin and hate is a virtue.” This is no difference than the Objectivist rant that selfishness is a virtue. No, hate is not a virtue, and the very example he holds up to demonstrate proves this.
This is, however, par for the course. This group has already demonstrated an inability to read the US Constitution, rewritten school textbooks, proposed “divine mathematics”, and even suggested that slavery may have been a good thing. After all, according to this group, “slavery was a blessing in disguise.” And of course, if you voted for President Obama, you aren’t a Christian to these people.
And to them, the US Government is to be their spiritual savior. So, to eliminate the secular nature of the United States, turn the virtues of Liberalism, namely tolerance, acceptance, and respecting of personal liberty, into a sin. In order to do this, you must therefore turn hatred into a virtue. To defend this obvious paradox, David Barton and his ilk claim to be persecuted. They then use this defense to attack any groups which they feel should be oppressed.
David Barton is one of the most dangerous radical evangelicals, also called Dominionists, in the United States. Because history doesn’t support David Barton, he rejects it and attempts to create his own, using selective editing and manipulation to deceive the easily-fooled. And with him having millions of followers, what he says is dangerous, indeed.
As for his dislike of liberals, we should ask some famous American liberals how they feel.
David Barton is a danger because of his continuing efforts to turn the United States into a Christian Taliban state. His form of Stochastic Terrorism is to empower those seeking to destroy the United States by telling them “it’s ok.” His efforts to push false history are just tools he uses to destroy America. With these new words, he has demonstrated that he is not only un-American, but not a Christian at all. After all, even the Republican Jesustm did not go so far as to call hate a virtue.
Nathaniel Downes is the son of a former state representative of New Hampshire, now living in Seattle Washington.
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