David Barton Tells Listeners Virginia Law Kept Slave Owners from Emancipating Slaves; Admits it Happened in New Edition of The Jefferson Lies

Yesterday, David Barton said again that Virginia law did not allow slave owners to free their slaves. He usually tries to make that case in relationship to Thomas Jefferson, but yesterday on his Wallbuilders' program, he said George Mason could not free his slaves because of Virginia law.At about 37 seconds into this clip from the program, Barton says Mason didn't free his slaves "because in Virginia it was illegal for guys like him to release their own slaves." Listen:I have … [Read more...]

A Challenge to WND and David Barton on Thomas Jefferson and Slavery

Late last night, World Net Daily published another "exclusive" promo piece for David Barton's The Jefferson Lies. This one focuses on Thomas Jefferson's relationship to his slaves and repeats Barton's overconfident denial that Jefferson fathered any of Sally Heming's children. We did not take up that claim in Getting Jefferson Right because there is no way to know for sure what happened.However, the unknown author of the WND article then comes after me (and my co-author Michael Coulter … [Read more...]

No, David Barton, I Did Not Recruit Jay Richards

Although World Net Daily lists January 12 as the release date for the second edition of David Barton's book The Jefferson Lies, it is now available on Amazon. I ordered the Kindle version and found a serious flaw within minutes of reading Barton's response to our book Getting Jefferson Right.Barton claims that I recruited Jay Richards to in turn recruit Christian historians to begin a campaign against Barton. That claim is not true. After reading Getting Jefferson Right, Richards approached … [Read more...]

New Endorsement of Getting Jefferson Right – John D. Wilsey

In his second edition of The Jefferson Lies, David Barton provides a lengthy critique of our work in Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President. We intend to use that material in our own second edition which I hope to publish sometime in 2016. In response to Barton's new edition, I am going to publish some additional endorsements for Getting Jefferson Right by historians and other scholars.  Today, historian and theologian Dr. John D. Wilsey weighs in: In Getting J … [Read more...]

WND Markets The Jefferson Lies

Some readers will see what I did there with the title of this post.WND is rolling out pre-launch publicity for David Barton's The Jefferson Lies, including a new website and a trailer. Watch:The new website features endorsements for the new book. I wonder if they have any idea what they are endorsing. Only one teaches history (John Swails, Oral Roberts University). I wonder if Swails was a professor at ORU when Barton played D-1 basketball there (I mean, didn't play basketball … [Read more...]

World Net Daily and David Barton Claim Political Correctness Doomed The Jefferson Lies

On Friday of last week, World Net Daily published something called "Anatomy Of An American Book Banning." Believe it or not, World Net Daily and David Barton are hoping to convince readers that Barton's book was pulled from publication due to political correctness. The subtitle of the article is: How New York Times bestseller was resurrected after falling casualty to political correctness. Joseph Farah and Barton deserve each other; both engage in historical revisionism. Farah says at the end … [Read more...]

News from the Alternative Universe: David Barton Builds Support for Ted Cruz in the Midwest

I confess I didn't see this coming.In August 2012, when Thomas Nelson pulled David Barton's flawed book on Thomas Jefferson, I hoped that the event would cause some reflection among culture warriors about the Christian nation narrative that threatens our First Amendment freedoms. I thought debunking the extreme claims would cause reflection about the real heritage of our nation's founders and the actual role of religion in that time period.I now realize I was wrong.If anything Barton … [Read more...]

David Barton and World Net Daily Begin the Spin Recycle

Yesterday, World Net Daily posted David Barton's defense of his discredited book The Jefferson Lies. This is in preparation for a January release of the WND edition. The WND posting appears to be the same 40 page response he wrote in early 2013 in reaction to publisher Thomas Nelson's decision to pull the book from publication due to historical errors.The promotional material for the book promises a rebuttal to critics. If this 2013 document is that answer, WND might want to correct the e … [Read more...]


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