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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
WND's Ellis Washington Embraces Discredited Historian
Topic: WorldNetDaily

We've noted how WorldNetDaily's Ellis Washington is frustrated that he can't get the tenure-track teaching gig he so desperately wants, and which his arrogance and extreme views will make it unlikely that he will get. Here's another reason he won't get that job: He embraces discredited so-called experts.

In his June 8 WND column, Washington begins:

Conservative historian David Barton, in his outstanding new book, “The Jefferson Lies: Exploring the Myths You’ve Always Known About Thomas Jefferson,” has once again presented an opus that shines the light of truth on the lies and propaganda of atheism, progressivism, liberalism, humanism and secular elites who possess a venal hatred for American exceptionalism.

There's Washington's first problem. Warren Throckmorton has detailed how Barton's book is replete with falsehoods, undermining Washington's insistence that "The Jefferson Lies" is "outstanding."

Washington then digresses to a discussion of "deconstructionism," in which he bizarrely insists that the Salem witch trials weren't that bad because other countries killed many more suspected witches:

Deconstructionism teaches students about the “intolerant” or “fanatical” Christian Puritans who conducted the notorious witch trials in Salem, Mass. While history records 27 individuals unjustly accused, tried and killed in the Salem witch trials, what liberal revisionists almost universally disregard is that these trials weren’t unique to America. In fact witch trials were happening concurrently throughout the world – including 30,000 in England, 75,000 in France, and 100,000 in Germany. In total over 500,000 people were put to death throughout Europe. Additionally, the American witch trials lasted 18 months, but the European trials lasted decades.

Twenty-seven vs. 500,000 deaths. You do the math!

Barton uncovers the real history of the Salem witch trials. The Puritans were not Christian fanatics with a bloodlust towards witches. 

If Barton is Washington's source on this, there's a pretty good likelihood that Barton is misleading or wrong here as well.

Of course, a tenure-track-caliber professor would not simply accept someone's so-called research at face value simply because they reinforce one's preconceived notions.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:36 AM EDT

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