Bradlee Dean says distorting history is a lie and lying is against the law. Can I make a citizen’s arrest?

In his WorldNetDaily column today, Bradlee Dean says:Friends, distorting American history is a deliberate lie, and lying is not permissible by law.Dean enters David Barton's world to make several claims about Thomas Jefferson that we cover in our book Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President.  I'll note them briefly with links to the correct information.First, Dean says that Jefferson worked for religious freedom under the umbrella of Christianity. … [Read more...]

Dizzy Up the Book: Amazon Switches Jefferson Lies Publisher Again

Even though neither Wallbuilder Press nor Thomas Nelson are currently publishing The Jefferson Lies, Amazon.com has switched the publisher from Wallbuilder Press to Thomas Nelson again on their page for David Barton's book.Yesterday, I pointed out that Amazon had switched the publisher designation to Wallbuilder Press. Today, it is back to Thomas Nelson.I acknowledge that the situation with this book makes it difficult to assign a publisher but something should better than what is … [Read more...]

Now Amazon Lists Wallbuilders as the Publisher of The Jefferson Lies

As Chris Rodda pointed out after Christmas, Amazon listed Wallbuilders as the publisher of The Jefferson Lies after Thomas Nelson dropped it. However, after she informed Amazon that Wallbuilders did not publish the book, the bookseller changed the publisher to Thomas Nelson. Read her post here.When it comes to The J-Lies, one thing is sure: nothing is sure.Now Amazon has changed the publisher designation again and lists Wallbuilder Press as the publisher.As Rodda pointed out in her … [Read more...]

David Barton Uses Jefferson Quote He Says is Unconfirmed

I had a hard time deciding what part of this story should go first.In an email to supporters yesterday titled, "Addressing Mass Murder and Violent Crime," David Barton quoted several founders on religion and public morality. The subtitle was "Sandy Hook and Public Policy" so it was clear from the beginning that Barton wanted readers to draw some lesson from the Sandy Hook atrocity. Barton began by claiming that calls for gun control are "misdirected."His basic message?The lessons of … [Read more...]

David Barton Controversy in World Magazine’s Top 25 Stories for 2012

At #3 and #5 of the top 25, two of the articles on David Barton's book, The Jefferson Lies, brought World Magazine lots of traffic in 2012.The third most read article was The David Barton Controversy and the fifth was Lost Confidence which reported the removal of The Jefferson Lies from publication by Thomas Nelson publisher.Watch for more on this story in early January. … [Read more...]

Kirk Cameron vs. Paul Finkelman on Jefferson and Slavery

Although Kirk Cameron cites none of his own research, he refers approvingly to an article by Stephen McDowell (Providence Institute) which is hosted on the Wallbuilders website about the Founders and slavery. McDowell refers to Thomas Jefferson but does not give the whole picture. Historian Paul Finkelman in the NY Times accentuates the negative but reports Jefferson's racist views and his active involvement in owning slaves much more accurately.As we document in Getting Jefferson Right, J … [Read more...]

Did Barack Obama Fail to Thank God on Thanksgiving?

Is Barack Obama so anti-god that he refuses to thank God even on Thanksgiving? This is a theme popular among some on the religious right. David Barton issued a document before the election calling Obama the most biblically hostile president ever. I have not examined all of Barton’s claims in that document but, based on his track record, I am skeptical. Furthermore, Barton repeats obviously false claims regarding Obama including the one that Obama hasn’t mentioned God in his Thanksgiving res … [Read more...]

The Paul Edwards Show: Getting Jefferson Right and the David Barton Controversy

Paul Edwards podcast on Wednesday, November 14 was devoted to the David Barton controversy, Getting Jefferson Right and The Jefferson Lies.Check it out here. … [Read more...]


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