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Wed Sep 17, 2014, 09:58 PM

A Rally to oppose David Barton visit to Marietta, Ohio, September 18th, 2014 ...

To whom it may concern in southeastern Ohio. The keynote speaker at the Washington County Republican Reagan Day Dinner on September 18, 2014 will be evangelical pseudo-historian and lobbyist David Barton. A group of us (not necessarily Democrat, Republican, or Independent in makeup) will gather at Indian Acres Park in Marietta, Ohio at 5:00 p.m. to hold a "Rally for Truth and Justice" in opposition to Mr. Barton's visit. Barton is perhaps best known at the publisher of revisionist history and science textbooks that were adopted in 2009 by the Texas Board of Education. These include "curricula" items that downplay or deny theories about evolution, climate-change, revise elements of recent history such as the 1960s Civil Rights movement, and propose the ridiculous assumption that the nation's founders intended to establish a "Christian Constitutional Republic". Barton is not your average tea-partier, but is IMO a dangerous demagogue who works hand-in-glove with entities like James Dobson's "Family Research Council" and A.L.E.C. (American Legislative Exchange Council) to craft legislation to accommodate or support charter or church-run schools, oppose Common Core guidelines, demonize public-education, public-school teachers, and their unions. His "Wallbuilders" group works to impose religious views upon public-schools, make it difficult for certain minorities to vote, and to oppose the minimum-wage and all organized labor. Barton has been recorded delivering homophobic or borderline-racist statements ("homosexuality should be outlawed", "the role of Martin Luther King has been exaggerated in textbooks at the expense of the 'majority' in America", "America is not a democracy but a Constitutional Republic". Barton's website is called "Veritas Rex", and he operates "Veritas Press" a textbook company that publishes anti-science, creationist, and/or revisionist texts for private-schools (one of these, the "Veritas Classical Academy" has recently been set up in Marietta, Ohio by some of the same people who are sponsoring Barton's appearance at the fall dinner). His visit is in conjunction with the recent sponsorship by State Representative Andy Thompson (R-95th District, Marietta) of HB-597 a pending GA item that goes far beyond its original intent (to eliminate Common Core in Ohio) into making drastic curricula changes in subjects such as science and history (it contains provisions mandating that, if such allegedly "political" topics like evolution are mentioned in class, then equal-attention must be given to the concepts of "creationism" and "intelligent-design"; it mandates that the United States must be defined as a "Constitutional Republic", and contains several other items that are near and dear to the hearts of Barton and his followers, and obviously reflect Barton's input or even ghost-written participation in the bill's crating ... A final note is that Barton is considered to be "one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in the nation." Washington County Republican Chairperson Leslie Haas is a fervent devotee of Barton and a leading member of the "9-12 Project", the local tea-party organization based upon the principles (sic) of Barton collaborator, Glenn Beck ... Haas has been bragging that the WCREC (Washington County Republican Executive Committee) has sold 337 tickets to the event (the MFD seating capacity for the Shrine Club building here is 330) so therefore it would be nice if our "Truth and Justice" event could attract 338 persons. Our event will be entirely peaceful - with complete compliance with local laws and signs that disagree with Barton without being nasty (i.e. "Say no to HB-597", "Keep church and state separate", "Stand up against hate". This will hopefully be quite a contrast to what Haas and her group did two years ago here in Marietta when she and her thugs hurled epithets at the Nuns-on-the-Bus when they visited our fair city (the bad publicity via YouTube should have taught them a lesson but it didn't) . Any positive or reasonable person who can possibly join us at 5 p.m. tomorrow would most certainly be welcome. ~ Fred O'Neill, Marietta, Ohio

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Reply A Rally to oppose David Barton visit to Marietta, Ohio, September 18th, 2014 ... (Original post)
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Response to Fred ONeill (Original post)

Wed Sep 17, 2014, 10:03 PM

1. You might want to break this up into paragraphs. The solid wall of text is hard to read.

I'm sure it's worth reading, but it's difficult.

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Response to Fred ONeill (Original post)

Thu Sep 18, 2014, 01:45 AM

2. Life is difficult Peggy ...

... and I'm sorry about the lack of paragraphs, but this week I'm more concerned about an extremist demagogue getting Marietta, Ohio tea folks all riled up against teachers and common sense. Think that's complicated? How about this? "I have sworn an oath upon the altar of Almighty God my eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the minds of men." ~ Th. Jefferson, 1800

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Response to Fred ONeill (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 18, 2014, 11:13 AM

3. Oh, I agree, Fred...

But since you want us to read what you've written, it is incumbent on you to make it readable.

And yes, Jefferson is right on with his message.

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Response to Fred ONeill (Original post)

Thu Sep 18, 2014, 02:46 PM

4. OMG Barton stinks up Marietta, Ohio ... RSVP

Rally against ignorance, Indian Acres Park, Marietta, OH. 9-18-2014, 5:30 p.m. BTOBS! See you there Peggy!

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Response to Fred ONeill (Original post)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:45 PM

5. The Marietta rally against David Barton was a successful response to ...

... the misinformation and deception put out by this alleged "conservative spokesman". We attracted about 150-200 persons who lined the street leading to the site of the GOP dinner with signs advocating peace, truthful history, and tolerance toward others. The Marietta Times skimped a bit on reporting our counter-event, but we could gauge our success by how quickly local sour-faced tea-baggers drove past us to dine with their "hero" ... FYI - Barton, with the help of local fanatics like GOP chairperson Leslie Haas (who told the Times that Barton's nasty statements about gay people were expressions of "Biblical truth" and Ohio 95th District State Representative Andy Thompson continue to oppose Common Core and support (via Thompson's reactionary HB-597) drastic changes in curricula used in Ohio public schools. We continue to work for it's defeat and that of it's extremist sponsor in the November 4 election ...

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Response to Fred ONeill (Original post)

Sun Sep 21, 2014, 10:21 PM

6. Thanks for the update!

Was hoping you had a great turnout. Sounds like a great crowd showed up. Congratulations for standing up to that bunch. David Barton is a scam artist.

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