David Barton: Too Sloppy Even for His Allies

Right Wing Watch asks, Is David Barton’s Sloppy Scholarship Starting to Catch up With Him?:

Pseudo-historian David Barton has been receiving significant criticism from conservative and evangelical historians who are aghast at his numerous and deliberate misrepresentations of American history, and yet Barton continues to claim that the only people who find trouble with his work are members of the liberal, secular, anti-American elite who just don’t like him exposing the “truth” about the founders.

WORLD Magazine, “Today’s News, Christian Views,” has run an article about conservative Christian figures who are beginning to sour on Barton’s un-historic histories:

Jay W. Richards, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, and author with James Robison of “Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It’s Too Late,” spoke alongside Barton at Christian conferences as recently as last month. Richards says in recent months he has grown increasingly troubled about Barton’s writings, so he asked 10 conservative Christian professors to assess Barton’s work.

Their response was negative. Some examples: Glenn Moots of Northwood University wrote that Barton in The Jefferson Lies is so eager to portray Jefferson as sympathetic to Christianity that he misses or omits obvious signs that Jefferson stood outside “orthodox, creedal, confessional Christianity.” A second professor, Glenn Sunshine of Central Connecticut State University, said that Barton’s characterization of Jefferson’s religious views is “unsupportable.” A third, Gregg Frazer of The Master’s College, evaluated Barton’s video America’s Godly Heritage and found many of its factual claims dubious, such as a statement that “52 of the 55 delegates at the Constitutional Convention were ‘orthodox, evangelical Christians.’”

Not that Barton doesn’t still have his supporters:

Barton has received support from Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and other political leaders.

Kinda says it all, doesn’t it?

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