Back in March we posted a story about Kelly Kohls, head of the Warren County Tea Party and President of the Springboro School Board, who was bringing her own brand of Tea Party crazy to the small town of Springboro, Ohio.   You’ll be sad to hear that things have gotten much, much worse since we last checked in.

Quick recap:  Kohls is the one who helped initiate the politically motivated investigation of a school superintendent in a neighboring district.  She preaches fiscal responsibility, rails against school levies and overpaid teachers, all while personally declaring bankruptcy with debts nearing $1 million dollars. (because – yay! – personal responsibility)

Since we posted that story back in March, Kohls has been making news for pushing a plan to introduce Creationism into the curriculum at Springboro schools.


Southerners for Peroutka presidential campaign flyer

And this week we found out the school system is planning to offer summer courses on the US Constitution organized by a guy with ties to a white supremacist group.

In an email sent on June 24, 2013, families of Springboro School children were invited to “attend the highly acclaimed Constitution Course presented by the Institute On The Constitution,” a group founded by Michael Peroutka , a former Constitution Party presidential candidate who the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) called an “active white supremacist and secessionist sympathizer.”

“Peroutka is an active member of the League of the South, a neo-Confederate, secessionist organization labeled an ‘explicitly racist’ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)”, says HRC.

But it gets worse.

The flyer advertising the course invites attendees to learn about their “Godly American heritage and birthright” and how to use “the founding documents” to “restore and retain your freedoms.”

The class is clearly not a typical American history lesson, but instead an express trip on the Christian revisionist crazy train, and the choice of instructors confirms this suspicion:  John Eidsmoe and David Barton, two Christian Nationalists who believe the US was founded by Christians for Christians and should be that way again, will be leading the discussion.

The Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi described Eidsmoe as “a crackpot Christian extremist professor” who is “a frequent contributor to John Birch Society publications” and “once opined that he could imagine Jesus carrying an M16.”

Right Wing Watch identifies Eidsmoe as a “Christian Reconstructionist”  who is “cited by Michele Bachmann as her mentor and major influence” and also the author of a book about Christopher Columbus that describes “the discovery, exploration and settlement of the Western Hemisphere” as “the unfolding of God’s plan for the human race.”

In 2010 Eidsmoe told a crowd of fellow conservatives that “that it was Alabama’s ’constitutional right to secede,’ and that ‘Jefferson Davis and John C. Calhoun understood the Constitution better than did Abraham Lincoln and Daniel Webster.’”


Barton teachers “history” on a Family Research Council video

David Barton is the author of books like “The Myth of Separation”, in which he argues that the separation of church and state is “inaccurate myth” and “Christians were the ones who were intended to hold public office and that Jews and members of other sects were not.”

He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools and the Providence Foundation, described by The Nation as “a group that promotes the idea that biblical law should be instituted in America.”

According to the New York Times, Barton’s latest book,”The Jefferson Lies”, was voted “the least credible history book in print” by readers of the History News Network.   A month later the publisher stopped distributing the book after Christian conservative scholars challenged the “facts” presented in the book.   The same set of Christian scholars admits Barton’s books and videos contain “embarrassing factual errors, suspiciously selective quotes, and highly misleading claims.”

Barton has a BA in religious education from Oral Roberts University but otherwise has no formal education experience in History or in the US Constitution.

Last year Ohio’s GOP-led General Assembly passed a law requiring schools to teach the “founding documents”.   Is this the type of course we’re going to find schools implementing in response to that new law?  Courses developed by a group with ties to white supremacists? Course materials developed by men who believe Christian law should be implemented in the US and who actively and aggressively promote revisionist “history” that even Christian conservative scholars call “highly misleading”?

With Kasich’s hand-picked, Hitler misquoting, Tea Party favorite Debe Terhar leading the Ohio State Board of Education, and people like Kohls in charge of their local school boards, that becomes a very real – and very dangerous possibility.



  • Stephen Beard

    I too could imagine Jesus carrying an M16, for the express purpose of eliminating Eidsmoe and Barton from the human gene pool. Those guys are Christians in the same sense that the Taliban are Islamic. I once thought Springboro was an okay Ohio town. Not anymore.

  • dmoore2222

    The death throes of an increasingly irrelevant group of people. They just won’t admit that Ohio looks more like Obama than Kasich. By the way, Houston’s demographic change over the last decade was 93% non-white. And it pretty much mirrors the rest of America. But these deadenders won’t accept it and resort to extremist teachings hoping to scare the crap out of anyome considering running for office or even voting. It doesn’t work. The 2012 presidential election proved it. It’s so unfortunate that this minority will drag everyone else into the gutter with them.

  • buckeyewill

    Does the TP spit on the graves of those who were involved in the Underground Railroad????

    Will the state’s Civil Rights Act signed by Jim Rhodes will be repealed????

    Will we see the Confederate flag fly over the State Capitol????

    Just asking.

  • Think.

    These conservatives need to learn that there’s more than one way to get to heaven.

  • carrieee4

    And when we first started stating that democracy under Kasich and other republicans was leading us into a Hitler type government many said we were crying wolf. ARE WE NOW?

  • Bob M

    Yes they do, after all those so called “conductors” facilitated the outright theft of private property!

  • Thomas Knestrict

    It is the beauty and the strength of our constitution is that it is a secular document. The idea of the USA being a “Christian” nation recalls the divisiveness that the founding fathers hoped to avoid. What does it mean if we were to call ourselves a ” Christian Nation” when the fastest growing faith in our country is Islam? Ironically, we upheld a separation of church and state for almost 200 years until the 1950 s when the red scare prompted Eisenhower to call us a” nation of believers” and the first presidential prayer breakfasts were held.

    Over ten times in our history jokers like Barton and peroutka tried to add a “Christian Amendment” to our constitution. It was voted down every time. These guys are hacks who don’t know history. Closer to propaganda ministers than historians.

  • Larry Linn

    Quotes for John Adams:

    “The Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”

    — from The Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11, written during the administration of President George Washington, signed by President John Adams, and unanimously approved by the Senate in 1797

    “The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in

    — John Adams

    “This nation of ours was not founded on Christian principles.”

    — John Adams

    “The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles?”

    — John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson

    “As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But
    how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?”

    — John Adams, letter to F.A. Van der Kamp, 12/27/1816

    “I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved — the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!”

    — John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson

    “What havoc has been made of books through every century of the Christian era? Where are fifty gospels, condemned as spurious by the bull of Pope Gelasius? Where are the forty wagon-loads of Hebrew manuscripts burned in France, by order of another pope, because suspected of heresy? Remember the ‘index expurgatorius’, the inquisition, the stake, the axe, the halter and the guillotine.”

    — John Adams, letter to John Taylor

    “The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. And ever since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate A Earth? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality, is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes.”

    — John Adams, letter to John Taylor

    “This is my religion … joy and exaltation in my own existence … so go
    ahead and snarl … bite … howl, you Calvinistic divines and all you who say I am no Christian. I say you are not Christian.”

    — John Adams, Toward the Mystery

  • John Browne

    Somehow I’m getting a whiff of Lyndon LaRouche, again… and it isn’t a pleasing aroma. ^..^

  • angel slap miller

    avoid? no, they put a stop to the religious persecution the Christians were exerting in America. The secular document codified that RELIGION OR RELIGIOUS TESTS were unwanted, unwelcome and none of the business of government.

    Barton is a total loser and I wish he would become a Darwin Award candidate quickly!

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