After David Barton’s book The Jefferson Lies was pulled from the shelves by its publisher, Thomas Nelson, because it was full of false claims and distortions, he got Glenn Beck to publish it and now the Worldnetdaily is pushing it on their website — and predictably telling lies about why it was pulled.
Thomas Jefferson stands falsely accused of several crimes, among them infidelity and disbelief. Prominent historian David Barton sets the record straight in a new book so hot and politically incorrect that the publisher pulled it from the shelves of every bookstore in America.
Let’s count the lies.
1. That his book was pulled because it’s “politically incorrect” (whatever the hell that means in this context; they seem to think it means “non liberal.” It was pulled because dozens of historians pointed out the many lies it contains.
2. That David Barton is a “prominent historian.” He’s certainly prominent among the Christian right; for everyone else, and even for many intelligent Christian conservatives, he is better called infamous for his constant lies and distortions. And he is not a historian at all, by any standard. His degree is in Christian education, not history.
3. That Jefferson is accused of infidelity and disbelief. They don’t say who accuses him of that. It’s true that John Adams’ followers accused him of that in 1800, but there isn’t a single historian in the country who takes such a position. Barton, true to form, accuses the critics of his book of taking that position:
A book that we did, “The Jefferson Lies,” made all sorts of national news because all these professors came out [and said] Jefferson didn’t believe in God, he wasn’t religious, he was a great atheist.
Barton is so dishonest that he even lies about those who criticize his previous lies. None of the historians, including many Christians, said anything even remotely like claiming that Jefferson was a “great atheist.” Not. One. Not John Fea or Warren Throckmorton or any of the folks at the History News Network. Barton is lying. Barton is always lying. If he said the sky was blue, you should double check it.
The same is true of the Worldnetdaily, of course. Three major lies in a single paragraph. That’s about par for the course for them.