Christian Leader Tony Perkins Attacks Pres. Obama for Correctly Reciting the Gettysburg Address (Audio)

| by Michael Allen

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns recently asked President Obama to recite Abraham Lincoln’s first draft of the Gettysburg Address as part of the 150th anniversary of the famous speech for Burns' "Learn the Address" project.

Learn the Address is an online effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading the Gettysburg Address.

In addition to the Learn the Address project, there is also going to be a special airing on PBS next Spring called "The Address."

Burns specifically asked President Obama to read the “Nicolay Copy” of the Gettysburg Address, which is often called the “first draft,” notes the Gettsyburg Foundation.

President Obama obliged and correctly read the “Nicolay Copy," which does not include the word "God."

The conservative media quickly attacked Obama on Nov. 19 with accusations that he had personally removed the word "God" from the Gettysburg Address, noted

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow said that conservatives “lost their collective mind" because Obama read the “Nicolay Copy" correctly, reported

Two of those conservatives were Tony Perkins and Ken Blackwell of the Christian-based Family Research Council (FRC), reports

On Wednesday’s FRC "Washington Watch" radio show (audio below), Perkins falsely accused President Obama of “editing historical texts to remove God."

Blackwell falsely claimed it was all part of President Obama's "plan to remove religious freedom and God from the public square."

“It really reminds me of the Old Testament Israel," said Perkins. "What really brought Judea down, they were the remaining portion of the Jewish people: their failure to acknowledge God. They forgot Him and that is what I think we see happening before our very eyes.”

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