A couple of days ago we blogged that “It’s fascinating to watch religious-right extremists turn on each other.” Well, now you can listen to extremists backpedal like nobody’s business because they turned on each other.
On his WallBuilders online radio show Monday, the radical right’s favorite (phony) historian David Barton took pains to explain away his comments on “The Daily Show” suggesting that Muslim-majority communities in America have the right to impose Sharia law if they want to. Not surprisingly, Barton’s comments resulted in a backlash from fellow religious-righters.
On his WallBuilders radio show Monday, Barton’s co-host tried to explain, in a convoluted way, that Stewart asked the question too quickly. Barton then goes on to explain that he was agreeing with Stewart that Muslims are free to express their faith, not that he agrees with Sharia law.
Barton goes on to say:
There is no way to look at our record and say anything other than “Hey, we do not support Sharia law.”
We teach too many classes on the Constitution, we do too many books on the Constitution, we do too much on preserving the American Constitution to even be considered as having, or wanting or supporting a replacement. It would be ridiculous.
And also this:
In that sense, if somebody takes that clip and leaves out the other 35 minute interview and they’re saying, “Oh, Barton supports Sharia law,” that is a deliberate distortion. We got a really long track record.
Barton, the same guy who has made a career out of cherry-picking “facts” and ignoring mountains of evidence to the contrary to promote his own right-wing revisionist history of the United States, is now telling us to ignore his comments and consider the totality of his work.
Irony, thy name is Barton.