Chris Rodda gives away her book on religious revisionist American history
As much as I am loath to venture here into P&C, I feel that this is an important topic for all Americans who are interested in factual history and the promotion of factual history in education.
After Jon Stewart's interview of evangelical historian David Barton this week (uncensored Part 1 and Part 2 available online), author/blogger/activist Chris Rodda was furious that the pro-religious history fabricator was not taken down by Jon Stewart. "Nobody is going to be able to adequately prove to any audience that Barton's lies are lies in an interview like Jon Stewart did last night, and David Barton is never going to agree to debate anyone that he knows can defeat him," she wrote.
Despite the provocative title, this is a remarkable book. It's full of research drawn from original sources like the minutes of the Continental Congress, records of court cases, and actual letters written by the founding fathers. It explodes some of the most popular myths and stories propagated by those seeking to inject religion into government, and points out where and how false statements are made up and used, even in sources as unimpeachable as the Library of Congress web site.
I wish I didn't have to put this in P&C, but, well, religion & politics.