April 6th, 2011 12:45 EST
Mike Huckabee: Youth Should Be Forced At Gunpoint To Listen to David Barton
"I don`t know anyone in America who is a more effective communicator [than David Barton.] I just wish that every single young person in America would be able to be under his tutelage and understand something about who we really are as a nation. I almost wish that there would be like a simultaneous telecast and all Americans would be forced, forced - at gun point no less - to listen to every David Barton message. And I think our country would be better for it. I wish it`d happen."
Mike Huckabee at the "Rediscover God in America" conference in Iowa
"David Barton (born 1954) is an American evangelical minister, political activist and founder of the group WallBuilders, a Texas-based organization that describes itself as `dedicated to presenting America`s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built."` Barton is the former co-chair of the Texas Republican party."
David Barton is a radical evangelical minister and a discredited historian who promotes the notion that America was founded as an explicitly Christian nation.
Atheists, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and everybody else who isn`t a Christian should be disturbed that presidential aspirant, Mike Huckabee, is a disciple of Barton.
You can file this comment in the folder: Huckabee jokes that backfired. Even though Huckabee claims he was joking, this comment reveals a lot about him. Huckabee longs for an America in which everyone who isn`t an evangelical Christian is dismissed as a godless commie.
If Huckabee got his wish and every single young person was forced at gunpoint to listen to Barton, America would resemble a theocracy more than a Jeffersonian democracy.
Huckabee`s speech may have been warmly received at the "Rediscover God in America" conference, but his comments should be anathema to those of use who love freedom, tolerance and diversity.
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