With our own Chris Rodda joining John Fea, Warren Throckmorton and others in debunking David Barton’s new book full of lies about Thomas Jefferson virtually line by line, Barton took to his radio show to offer a pointless and entirely substance-free response to his critics:
Barton: Well one of the things I found really interesting, certainly with what we do at WallBuilders, we got a lot of opponents, we got a lot of people who hate us. I was telling a group of law students the other day that I know of four law schools who have entire websites going after me. The book we recently did on the Jefferson Lies, there’s two professors who came out with a book rebutting it before I’d even released the book! We don’t have to read this stuff, we know it all false.
Rick Green: Hey, but if you’re not taking flak you know you’re not over the target, right?
Barton: Exactly. And what he have is a number of Christian colleges now teaching entire courses on how bad I am and so I’m one of these targets out there. And I expect that from the secular guys. I expect that from the the Freedom From Religion Society [sic], I expect that from Americans United, I expect that from People for the American Way and Media Matters …
Green: … the people that have worked so hard to move us away from our foundation.
Barton: The guys that hate God. What’s been surprising is how many Christians have jumped on board – no, no God had nothing to do with the American founding; America was founded as a wicked nation; all the Founding Fathers were atheists and agnostics …
Green: From the Christian community?
Barton: From the Christian community! Now I expect that from the secular guys but the reason it’s coming from the Christian community is it goes back to something Jesus said in Luke 6:40 where he said “every student, when he’s fully trained, will be like his teacher.” now what’s happened is all these secular guys have been training students that were Christians, but now these Christian kids have been trained with a secular philosophy, they’ve become our professors and they’re just parroting what they heard. It’s not that they went back and check for themselves, they just assumed that their professors were right- they really like their professors, they were nice guys and they were really educated and had three Ph.Ds and they told me all the Founders were atheists. And so now you’ve to Christians repeating exactly what they’ve been taught rather than what truth and what history actually is.
Notice what’s missing? Like even an attempt to rebut any of the specific criticisms those people have made of him? Right Wing Watch also points out that he’s lying:
You will undoubtly shocked to learn that Barton’s claim that the book refuting his “Jefferson Lies” book came out before his book was even released is entirely false. His book was released on April 10 whereas “Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President” was released on May 3.
Also, we hereby challenge Barton to name any of the “four law schools who have entire websites” dedicated to attacking him as well as to name even one of the “number of Christian colleges now teaching entire courses on how bad” he is because, frankly, we have no idea what he is talking about.
I doubt he does either.