This could be fun — in a “did they really say that?!?” kind of way. David Barton has invited Louie Gohmert, a Republican congressman from East Texas who can barely open his mouth without saying something outrageous, to be on his daily Internet radio program tomorrow (Tuesday).
As readers of TFN Insider already know, Barton is a propaganda master for the religious right not just in Texas, but also across the country. The pseudo-historian has spoken at Neo-Nazi gatherings, wants to impeach judges whose rulings are opposed by social conservatives, and argues against taxes on income, capital gains and inheritance because, he says, they violate biblical mandates.
In the race for whose arguments are the most extreme, however, Congressman Gohmert gives Barton a run for his money. Last month he warned that pregnant foreign terrorists are breeding baby terrorists in America. His support for democracy is so tenuous that earlier this year, upset that the Senate passed health care reform, he advocated for repealing the 17th Amendment, which requires the direct election of senators. Last fall Congressman Gohmert suggested that proposed legislation dealing with hate crimes would protect people engaged in sex with animals, corpses and children. His grasp of factual history is also as bad as Barton’s, arguing in June of this year that “the fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul.”
The show should be interesting, to say the least. Here’s Congressman Gohmert on terrorist babies: