We’re used to David Barton lying about American history, but now he seems to have branched out into Bill O’Reilly-style self-aggrandizing lies. In a talk at Charles Bible College in Colorado, Barton claimed to have played on a college basketball team that set the NCAA record for scoring per game.
“I remember when I was playing basketball, the college stuff that we did,” he said, “we started every day with a five mile run, then we lifted weights, then we had an hour of racquetball, then we had two hours of full-court basketball, then we came back for another run. It wasn’t particularly enjoyable, but in those years, our college team set the NCAA record for two years in a row of most points scored. We averaged 105, 104, 103 points a game, I forget what it was.”
He forgot what the actual scoring record was, but he seems also to have forgotten that he wasn’t on that team. The basketball team in college is Oral Roberts University, which did indeed lead the nation in scoring in 1972 and 1973. Barton graduated from ORU in 1976. There’s just one problem: He wasn’t on the basketball team. The ORU athletics website has the rosters of every team from every season and David Barton does not appear on any of them. So Warren Throckmorton called ORU and got this response:
Wondering if perhaps there was a J.V. team or if he played some other year, I called Oral Roberts University’s Public Relations’ Office to ask if Barton ever played basketball for ORU. According to the PR Office, “After checking with the Athletic Office, there is no record of a David Barton ever playing basketball for ORU.”
Looks like Barton is branching out into a whole new kind of lie. You know, like Jesus would do.