FBI Says There is No Hate List So David Barton Can’t Be On It

Awhile ago, Right Wing Watch posted a clip of David Barton telling an audience that he was on the FBI website as a "hate group." He also said there is a new hate group list out from the FBI and he is on it.First, I went to the FBI website and used the search engine to look for Barton and/or Wallbuilders. I found nothing.Curious, I decided to call the press office of the FBI and ask where I could see the new list and if Barton was on it. The representative said there was no list like that … [Read more...]

Debunking One of David Barton’s Oldest Stories: Thomas Jefferson and the D.C. Schools

David Barton was a guest on Michael Brown's Line of Fire show recently and spun some familiar yarns.A story that has been around awhile (since Barton's 1989 book Myth of Separation) is his claim that Thomas Jefferson incorporated the Bible and Isaac Watts hymnal into the curriculum of the Washington D.C. schools while Jefferson was president. This claim has been thoroughly debunked before by others, notably Jim Allison and Chris Rodda. While those authors documented well their rebuttal to … [Read more...]

David Barton Praises the Use of Primary Sources Then Cites a Third Hand Jefferson Quote

In the midst of his campaign for Ted Cruz, David Barton took some time to appear on Michael Brown's Line of Fire radio show. While they didn't mention my name, I suspect the Pennsylvania psychology professor was me. I did learn that I don't hold to "basic Christian teachings" (which ones, David?) and that none of his critics were history guys. I don't know how he sleeps at night.He said a bunch of stuff he usually says (and which I have debunked) but, in light of Michael Brown's praise of … [Read more...]

Your Daily Dose of David Barton: He’s Got a School Named After Him and He Thinks Revolution Might Be Near

Ecclesia College, a Christian college in Arkansas, has created the David Barton School of Political Science. I wonder if my political scientist co-author on Getting Jefferson Right, Michael Coulter will want to move South.Right Wing Watch brought the news to a grateful public.The Ecclesia press release is here. And you can watch:Now I am confused. Should we send our children to Ecclesia? Although it is a Christian college, Barton says half of young people going to Christian … [Read more...]

George Marsden on The Jefferson Lies and Getting Jefferson Right

Thomas Kidd called George Marsden "the greatest historian of American religion of the past generation." In The Jefferson Lies, Barton cited Marsden as an authority. In Marsden's 2014 book titled The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief, he described David Barton's The Jefferson Lies as an effort to make Jefferson into an orthodox Christian. His footnote on Barton's book leads to a description of Getting Jefferson Right. It is not a direct endorsement … [Read more...]

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...]


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