When Hate is not Just a ‘Virtue,’ It Makes You a Viable Candidate

The man that may become the nation’s most wackjob candidate for U.S. Senate is also the darling of Montana right-wingers.

Texas pastor and nutjob radio host David Barton, dubbed “Ted Cruz 2.0” by Politico, when the news magazine reported this week that he was being recruited to run against TX Sen. John Cornyn, who has fallen out of favor with the TEA Party crew. Barton was brought to Montana this year as the keynote speaker for the so-called 2013 Montana “Governor’s” Prayer Breakfast. (The event is not affiliated with the state government in any way, in spite of what Judy Martz may have wished).

In case you haven’t heard of Barton, he claims that the slaughter of American Indians was justified as “a defensive war against tribes who ‘declared war on all the white guys.’ ‘We had to go in and we had to destroy Indian tribes all over until they said ‘Oh, got the point,’ Barton said, claiming that the tactics were only necessary because Indians were resisting missionaries who were trying to ‘civilize’ them.”

He also believes that demons control parts of the U.S. capitol, that schools turn kids gay, and that the Bible opposes minimum wage. He holds a slew of other hateful and wackjob things, its definitely worth reading this whole list.

So this was no mainstream event–in fact the organizers of the “Governor’s Prayer Breakfast” made a point of refusing to read a letter from Montana Governor Steve Bullock [click here for the PDF] because he said that providing health care to poor people was consistent with biblical teachings. Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich has made a similar argument for the Medicaid expansion.

Not this guy’s Bible apparently. Barton says “tolerance is a bad thing and hate is a good thing.” “We’re tolerating a lot stuff that destroys our families, that destroys our own character and we can’t tolerate that stuff. We have to get back to the point where hate is a virtue, at least certain kinds of hate.” Barton said climate change is caused not by fossil fuels, but by a curse we brought on ourselves by permitting abortion rights. Yes, because the U.S. supports allowing women to choose whether and when to have a child we “‘opened the door to the curse,’ which includes floods, tornadoes, murder and pedophilia.”

Tim Fox, now Montana’s Attorney General, served as co-chair of the event to bring Barton to Montana. Scott Mendenhall, a Republican who represented House District 77 in Jefferson County for four terms, was the events chair. The Helena IR covered the event, and controversy, at the time, but for some reason neglected to report some of Barton’s most infamous beliefs and statements.



14 Comments on "When Hate is not Just a ‘Virtue,’ It Makes You a Viable Candidate"

  1. This happened way back in March. Why is this just now being brought up here?

  2. Um, why did the Governor WANT this guy to read his letter?!? That surprised me.

  3. A POX on Mr. Barton’s hateful ‘house’ of whack jobs…keep exposing his twisted agenda of lies and lack of compassion and none of the virtues of Christ.

  4. The people in the audience- not all of them anyway–didn’t know Barton from Job. Bullock wanted people to know of the moral reasons to support Medicaid. He wanted it to pass- that’s a good thing!

  5. ヽ(* ̄o ̄*)ノ♩♫♪ “WAck-jobs”

    • Good grief…!! David Barton is a dope. Let all his words be known…. Americans don’t really like nutters like that..when people speak that way about the poor. And if that foaming nut job Beck endorses someone: he couldn’t even manage to stay on Fox…and they LOVE crazy people.! Limbaugh is a loser too.. Fomenting hate …not on TV anymore, is he? Hell, he couldn’t buy a football team, the players would have walked off the field in protest, rather than play for a lowlife like him. Some things CAN’T BE BOUGHT.

  6. The IR has also decided to publish propaganda pieces from the Heritage Foundation on its opinion page as well. I believe the John Birch Society should demand equal time.

  7. Gee whiz – he makes right-wing and NeoCon Democrats seem moderate by comparison! What excellent political cover.

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