David Barton Accuses Marco Rubio of Having Too Many Gay Marriage Supporters

Pundits have been predicting last minute surprises in the South Carolina primary.This looks like an effort by the Cruz campaign -- sorry I meant Barton's Cruz Super PAC -- to cast doubts on Rubio. It certainly sounds like there is a lot of coordination between the Super PAC and the campaign (e.g, door knockers paid for by the Super PAC).We also learn in this video that many Iowa pastors showed a Cruz video in church and urged people to vote for Cruz...just like Jesus exhorted us to … [Read more...]

David Barton May or May Not Have a PhD and Promotes the First Edition of The Jefferson Lies

Recently, David Barton appeared on Dove TV and was in rare form. He was on to promote The Jefferson Lies book, but I think he is confused about which edition he is supposed to describe. He told stories about material that was in the first edition but not the second. More on that below.To cover it all, I have embedded the YouTube video and will provide the beginning and end times where he takes up a particular topic. Readers can choose what is of interest or watch the whole thing.The host … [Read more...]

How Did Thomas Jefferson Come Up with the Idea to Cut Up the Gospels?

Reading through the new edition of The Jefferson Lies, it is clear that David Barton has changed aspects of the first edition to reflect the fact checking work done by Michael Coulter and me in Getting Jefferson Right. In the new edition of The Jefferson Lies, Barton removed the story of Jefferson's praise for Virginia preacher James O'Kelly and he eliminated the claim that James Madison announced support for chaplains at the University of Virginia.Today, I bring you another change in … [Read more...]

David Barton Can’t Decide When or Why Thomas Jefferson Got His Quran

David Barton is a confusing fellow. Sometimes he tells one story and other times he contradicts himself. Take the facts surrounding Thomas Jefferson's Quran.Jefferson owned a Quran and Barton has told a couple of different stories about it. First, he told Glenn Beck that Jefferson bought the Quran while on a mission to Islamic nations so he could understand his Islamic enemies. He later modified this story to make it somewhat more accurate. Actually, Jefferson bought his copy of the Quran … [Read more...]

By His Own Standards, David Barton is a Historical Revisionist

In a World Net Daily article about dangers to America, Rafael Cruz cites Ted Cruz's historian David Barton on how revisionist historians operate.David Barton with Wallbuilders points out four ways revisionist historians excise our Christian heritage from American history: 1. PATENT UNTRUTHS. Whenever a historian claims, :America began as a secular country,” you’re witnessing a patent untruth. Rather than make an untruthful claim about a subject in which most people have a general knowledge, … [Read more...]

John Fea on David Barton’s Make Believe Thomas Jefferson

Messiah College history prof John Fea recently authored a history of the American Bible Society. In it, he describes the efforts of certain founding fathers (e.g., Elias Boudinot) to make sure the new United States would be a Christian nation. The American Bible Society was one of those efforts.In the minds of the ABS founders and supporters, some of their fellow patriots were a threat to their Christian nationalist aims. One such founder was Thomas Jefferson. And yet, Fea notes in a History … [Read more...]

John Fea on Ted Cruz’s Dominionism

Several authors have tried to tease out the differences between the evangelicals supporting Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Jon Ward did a nice job on this topic for Yahoo News, noting that Ted Cruz followers enthusiastically consider America a Christian nation while Rubio's followers are not as convinced.Now, Messiah College chair of History John Fea has written a piece identifying Ted Cruz as a seven mountains dominionist. I think the evidence is there and because of that I believe … [Read more...]

David Barton Claims Professional Historians Don’t Use Original Documents and That’s Why They Attack His Work

I have just about run out of headlines to describe the errors in David Barton's description of why The Jefferson Lies was pulled from publication in 2012. He and World Net Daily continue to promote the idea that the book's critics were liberals and that Thomas Nelson pulled the book due to political correctness. I've debunked these false claims more than once.Now he is advancing another theory about why historians have been critical of The Jefferson Lies. In an article (another whitewash of … [Read more...]


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