American historian David Barton has a warning for anyone that wants to make false charges against him: You’re going to pay! Barton won a $1 million settlement in August against two candidates who ran for the Texas State Board of Education.
The two left-leaning candidates, Rebecca Bell-Metereau and Judy Jennings, claimed in their 2010 campaign video that Mr. Barton was “known for speaking at white-supremacist rallies.”
Barton, who is a consultant to the school board, had given speeches at two meetings in 1991 with groups that had been linked to the racist “Christian Identity” movement. The groups are also considered to be anti-Israel.
While he acknowledges that he spoke to the groups, Barton said that he did not know their ideology. As a result of finding out the groups’ ideologies, his WallBuilders organization put in a process by which they vet potential hosts to avoid future controversies about who he speaks to.
While David Barton is known for speaking about America’s Christian heritage, he is not known for speaking to “white supremacist rallies.”