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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

David Barton Says Don’t Support the Bad Guys

“[O]ne of the things God makes really clear is you're not to be helping the bad guys advance their agenda which is against God.”  So says (cough, cough) historian, David Barton on his Wallbuilders Live broadcast.  On the November 19, 2013 program he and his guest, Chris Walker, discussed a new app designed to let conservatives and Christians (the same thing in Barton’s mind) know which companies and stores support liberal policies so that God-fearing Christian conservatives can “not help the bad guys.”

The app, called 2nd Vote rates companies on five issues: gun rights, abortion, the environment, same-sex marriage, and federal subsidies. According to Barton, shopping at places like Starbucks is something akin to committing treason against God, because Starbucks asks their patrons to leave their guns at home, and because they support spousal benefits for same-sex partners.

I haven’t seen the app.  I don’t care to.  But I do find it curious that it’s these particular five issues that are used as the basis for rating companies and business.  What if the app rated companies on how well they treat their employees or how well they care for the poor- which are things that the bible makes pretty clear that God want us to do...

I would suggest that shopping at Walmart (which carries Barton’s Drive Thru History America )  might be akin to committing treason against God.  If you’re shopping at a company that pays its employees such a pitifully low wage that they can’t get by without food drives and food-stamps (which conservative Christians like Barton want to slash) then, to use Barton’s words, you’re supporting the bad guys.

“Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you.  Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.  You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.  You have condemned and murdered the righteous one, who does not resist you.” James 5: 1 - 6

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