Former child TV star turned evangelical fanatic Kirk Cameron, not content with presenting Creationist fairy tales as facts, blaming Darwin for the Holocaust, and trashing committed same-sex couples, is now busily spreading the revisionist history of David Barton and other opponents of church-state separation. The vehicle for transporting already-deluded fundies even further into La La Land is an upcoming documentary propaganda film called "Monumental."
Julie Ingersoll reports for Religion Dispatches: When Kirk Cameron appeared in the post-rapture Left Behind movies he depicted mainstream evangelicalism. Viewed as a wholesome presence in the entertainment industry and profiled in Christianity Today in 2008, his stock rose even further among mainstream evangelicals with the popular Christian film Fireproof (which, not surprisingly, was panned by most critics but embraced by the Religious Right). ... With a new film Monumental about to be released, there is a new, more extreme Cameron who is increasingly connected to Christian Reconstruction and dominion theology. When evangelicals go to the theaters next week to see the star of the popular Christian films mentioned above, what they’ll get is the “providential history” of RJ Rushdoony and David Barton ... Cameron recently returned from the Reconstructionist-inspired San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival hosted by Doug Phillips and Vision Forum where he and Phillips discussed the theological background to the version of American history presented in the film, showing the subtle influence of Christian Reconstructionism and R.J. Rushdoony’s Biblical Philosophy of History. Cameron tapped into contemporary tea party memes about slavery, which are rooted in Rushdoony, and whether or not the president is a Christian... “They (the puritans) had a king that had bankrupted the nation, tripled the debt enslaving the people - in essence, claiming to be God on earth as he sat in the church and rammed religion down the throats of the people, claiming to be a Christian,” he said.
It would make sense that ultraconservative Obama-haters like Cameron and Barton would want to recreate history to reflect the American Taliban's theocratic agenda. It's also predictable that they would attack serious scholars and attempt to insert their whitewashed depiction of the past - and I do mean WHITE and WASHED - into the nation's schools.
In the following video Talk2Action's Chris Rodda, Senior Research Director for MRFF, counters some of the absurd claims in Cameron's new movie. Notice Kirk's awed expression when Barton is spinning his fables. I wonder if the actor wears that same look of astonishment while watching reruns of his shopworn sitcom Growing Pains.
Behold the carnage of logic and fact-based information. (Kool-Aid Christians may want to avert their eyes.)