The religious right’s favorite fake historian, David Barton, wanders into another popular topic here at TFN Insider: evolution. And as usual, he’s a little fuzzy on the facts.
You go back to the Founding Fathers, and as far as they were concerned, they’d already had the entire debate on creation/evolution. And you get Thomas Paine, who’s the least religious Founding Father, saying, “You’ve got to teach creation science in the public school classroom. Scientific method demands that.” But we’re opposite today!
One problem —
Thomas Paine: 1737 – 1809
Darwin’s On the Origin of Species published: 1859
But the Founders had already had the entire debate on creation/evolution — right, David? Sigh. This isn’t even challenging anymore.