David Barton Claims Evangelical Voters Have Been Ignored by Both Parties

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David Barton claims that Evangelical voters have been ignored by both parties, a shocking claim in light of the fact that the GOP has for a long time kowtowed to the very voters Barton claims have been ignored. Republican politicians regularly hobnob with the likes of Bryan Fischer, Tony Perkins, and Barton himself.

Evangelicals are a full twenty-five percent of all voters in any general election in November, whether its presidential, non-presidential. But in primary elections, Evangelicals are even a stronger block. They represent up to fifty percent, for example, of Republican primary voters. That one block. And isn’t it interesting that that one block is most often ignored by both parties.

Watch Barton lie courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

The good news now, is the Republican National Committee is no longer ignoring evangelicals or people of faith. There is now a website called GOPFAITH.com that now focuses on people of faith. People of faith can have a huge impact in elections. As a matter of fact, they are probably one of the most under-performing groups that are out there by way of voter registration and turnout. We know that roughly – of Christians – that about half of them are not registered and that in any given election, about half of the registered ones vote. So we’re leaving three out of four votes generally on the table in most elections, and that’s something that can change.

And now with the Republicans reaching out and saying ‘hey, we’re very comfortable with faith people, we want them involved, you have been involved, you’ve been the basis of America from the beginning. it gives us an even stronger reason to get involved in our churches to move people forward to support, as George Washington said, our foundations of religion and morality.

The Religious Right has been in control of the Republican Party for many years now, having begun their effort to dominate the Republican Party after Goldwater’s defeat in 1964.

Less than 20 years later, as TheocracyWatch.org observes,

In the 1980 elections, the newly politicized Religious Right succeeded in unseating five of the most liberal Democrat incumbents in the U.S. Senate, and provided the emerging that helped Ronald Reagan defeat Jimmy Carter.

In 1992, Pat Robertson said to the Denver Post,

We want…as soon as possible to see a majority of the Republican Party in the hands of pro-family Christians…” Randall Terry agreed, saying in April: “What it is coming down to is who runs the country. It’s us against them. It’s the good guys versus the bad guys. It’s the God-fearing people against the pagans, and some of the pagans are going to church.

David Barton says the GOP has ignored Evangelicals but Jo Martin, a Texas Republican, wrote in 1992 that,

The party apparatus had been taken over by religious activists intent on bringing ‘biblical principles’ to government: outlawing abortion, ostracizing homosexuals and teaching creationism in public schools, among other things. We honest to goodness felt like we had fallen through a time warp into a Nazi brown-shirt meeting.

It got worse.

The Republican Revolution of 1994, what TheocracyWatch.org calls “a watershed year,” saw Republicans gain control of the House of Representatives for the first time in four decades and made huge inroads in State legislatures. TheocracyWatch.org points out that, disturbingly, “Out of forty-five new members in the U.S. House of Representatives and nine in the U.S. Senate in 1994, roughly half were Christian Coalition candidates.” Those 40 million voting guides had had the desired effect, informing Christian soldiers all over America where to direct their votes.

And then came George W. Bush and a frighteningly close encounter with theocracy. On January 20, 2001 Texas governor George W. Bush became president thanks to the votes of White Evangelical Protestants.

Forty years post-Goldwater, The Economist reported in November 2004,

In 2000, 15m evangelical Protestants voted. They accounted for 23% of the electorate, and 71% of them voted for Mr Bush. This time, estimates Luis Lugo, the director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, they again accounted for about 23% of the electorate—which means that evangelicals did not increase their share of the vote. But overall turnout was much higher, and 78% of the evangelicals who voted, voted for Mr Bush. That works out at roughly 3.5m extra votes for him. Mr Bush’s total vote rose by 9m (from 50.5m in 2000 to 59.5m), so evangelical Protestants alone accounted for more than a third of his increased vote.

It doesn’t sound as though three out of four Evangelical votes are “being left on the table,” as Barton claims.

And finally, David Barton was one of those, along with fellow hater Tony Perkins, who wrote the 2012 Republican Party Platform. But the GOP has ignored Evangelical voters?

Barton is violating his own Bible by lying. Lying through his teeth:

“There are six things that the LORD strongly dislikes, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” Proverbs 6:16-19

and,

You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness. You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice, nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit.” Exodus 23:1-2

Jesus said that what comes out of the mouth defiles a person:

But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.” Matthew 15:18-20

It is Satan who is supposed to be the Father of Lies, but listening to Barton, it’s sounding like Old Scratch’s job may not be safe for long. Just sayin’.

It is difficult to imagine the GOP becoming more engaged with Evangelicals, or for Evangelicals becoming more engaged as Republicans. But then, it’s difficult to imagine David Barton topping his old lies with new, something he manages to do it on a regular basis all the same.

14 Replies to “David Barton Claims Evangelical Voters Have Been Ignored by Both Parties”

  1. He’s right that the left has been ignoring evangelicals, but the right has been using them and laughing behind their backs.

    Unfortunately for the right, the evangelicals and the Teapots have joined up and are making life hell for the right.

  2. I certainly hope there aren’t that many evangelical votes not being cast, the number who are voting have already helped to cause untold harm to this country. I’m hoping that all of those Progressive votes that aren’t being cast will come into play, then we can more than counter the religious right’s war on American values.

  3. Voter turnout
    is the key to jamming these hissing slithering ChristoLizards back into their hallelujah swamps. We have none to blame but ourselves if they succeed in overturning The Constitution for a museum of ancient desert scrolls.

  4. this is the GOP’s usual tactic. Pretend to be out and downtrodden to get support. It’s pretty obvious the GOP is doing its best to pander to the religious right. It’s just another way of getting votes and you can be sure has absolutely nothing to do with religion at its core. I wondered about that website, but it is a GOP website.

    “Paid for by the Republican National Committee”

  5. The religious fanatics didn’t buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

  6. Thank you H.H. for using words from the book these people say, they use as a life living example.. everyone of the examples in these verses have been broken. Keep it up.
    It might be possible if, they are forced to look at themselves in the mirror and see what they really are, a change could take place.
    Or am I living in a fantasy world, thinking this is even possible?

  7. Perhaps he is ignoring the simple fact that not all evangelicals are republicans. Some evangelicals actually believe in Jesus’ teachings and try to follow them. Thus, and as a result,they WILL NOT vote republican.

  8. Barton is the George Orwell of the religious right.
    Barton distorts history on such a grand scale he can teach PHD courses in how to do it, and sound very convincing.
    He takes historical documents and selectively edits its contents to fit the twisted narrative he wants to spew forth.
    One of these days I hope to see him face off with Warren Throckmorton on his historical interpretation of Jefferson, should be a hoot to watch.
    Maybe HH can do a retrospective on Barton. The way HH takes apart this false historian is a joy to watch.
    I just wish the main stream media would also do the same, but I think that is as far fetched as Barton’s take on history.

  9. Barton lies big time — my biggest complaint on the transfer to OK was the number of right wing zealots who belonged to religious right who seemed to run the GOP in this state. Stupid me along with some others who were transferred due to the closure of the Kelly depot by the BRAC thought we could make a difference. All we got was frustration — last two GOP chairs are followers of Barton so whatever he is selling I am not buying.

    Walked out of a GOP Convention in 2010 and never been to another GOP function — they wanted the Bible taught in every classroom and women were to vote like their husbands told them. Supported Obama in 2012 – would never support Romney if he was the only one on the ballot.

  10. It’s time to get the Evangelicals and their meddling out of government. They have been hijacked by Satan and do nothing but promote hatred.

  11. What he means is that he’s pissed because we dems reject the sh*t the evangelicals are trying to sell–the revised version of who Jesus–the one brandishing a gun, wearing camouflage, who disrespects and abuses the poor, kids, and the elderly and kisses the asses of the very wealthy. These kinds of evangelicals are better off exactly where they are now—in the GOPTP because the GOPTP politicians are their special little puppets.

  12. His comments are truly jaw-dropping. The GOTPers have been in lockstep with the religious right for years!
    They all seem to go deaf if the issue of separation of church and state is mentioned. And the media seldom pushes back about this…. Just more of the same BS.

  13. What is this chinless halfwit going to do after his publishing company burned thousands of books because they contracted with Barton to write a history book and he turned in total lies about Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers. Barton is damaged goods. Try the cut-out sections for anything he’s written prior to this. Or the thrift shops. He’s the only historian in history without a degree in the subject he claims expertise. He is a liar, therefore no better than Beelzebub.

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