David Barton has been lying for a long time. He lies about the founding of the country. He makes up historical facts. He unabashedly cites false documents and he makes up random quotes.
His forthcoming book, which is ironically is called “The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson,” has recently been voted “the least credible history book in print” by readers of the History News Network. NPR had a scathing attack this week, citing two historians from evangelical colleges in Pennsylvania:
John Fea, chairman of the history department at evangelical Messiah College, … says that Barton is peddling a distorted history that appeals to conservative believers.
“Mr. Barton is presenting a Jefferson that modern-day evangelicals could love and identify with,” says Warren Throckmorton, a professor at the evangelical Grove City College. “The problem with that is, it’s not a whole Jefferson; it’s not getting him right.”
It was so bad that a group of evangelical ministers called for a boycott of the publisher, Thomas Nelson.
Thomas Nelson finally said enough is a enough. They are now refusing to publish the book and withdrawing all copies distributed to Amazon and other booksellers.
This is big news. Barton was the darling of evangelical movement. Being called out for the fraud that he is will the end any stature with the mainstream media that he might have had. And, it couldn’t have happened soon enough.
Enough with the lies. Lies from Barton, that is.