David Barton Attacks; Tells Me How to Do Psychology

Of late, David Barton and his staffer Rick Green have savaged me due to their perception that his book, The Jefferson Lies, was pulled by Thomas Nelson publishers because of our book Getting Jefferson Right. Green linked the professors who reviewed his book with the tactics of Hitler and Alinsky and now Barton is attacking me over my academic position on reparative therapy. Roll the tape:So let me get this right. Barton says I have no basis to critique his claims about Jefferson … [Read more...]

New Getting Jefferson Right Endorsement: Charles Dunn

Former Dean and current Distinguished Professor of Government in the Robertson School of Government at Regent University, Charles Dunn, sent along an endorsement of Getting Jefferson Right. Dunn's endorsement:"'Getting Jefferson Right' by Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter stands up for truth in scholarship against the scholarly problems found in David Barton's 'The Jefferson's Lies.' Because of the courage of Throckmorton and Coulter, Barton has regrettably fallen from his pedestal of … [Read more...]

Media on David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies

The UK Guardian covered the removal of Barton's book today.Glenn Beck's news site The Blaze reported on the removal of the book and carried a Barton v. Throckmorton section to be completed tomorrow.Here is a link to several more stories on the Barton controversy over The Jefferson Lies going back to last week. … [Read more...]

Wallbuilders #2 Man Compares David Barton’s Critics to Hitler and Alinsky

Rick Green, David Barton's right hand man at Wallbuilders, uses some creative and colorful language to address those who have examined David Barton's claims about Thomas Jefferson.Question: What do elitist professors have in common with Adolf Hitler & Saul Alinsky?Answer: They masterfully use the powerful art of innuendo to falsely defame those with which they disagree.Definition of Innuendo: A derogatory hint or reference to a person or thing.The internet is abuzz today with le … [Read more...]

David Barton says he has another publisher for The Jefferson Lies

That was fast.On the Wallbuilders Facebook page, Barton writes the book will rise again. See also this email to his supporters.I might have more to say when the publisher is announced but until then, consider this an open forum on the matter...John Fea has some thoughts on those rising to Barton's defense.There are many reports on various facets of this story. I hope to bring all the links together on Monday. If Barton does get another publisher, the story will revive with fresh … [Read more...]

Thomas Nelson Pulls David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies

World Magazine is reporting that Thomas Nelson publishers has ceased publication of The Jefferson Lies by David Barton. Thomas Kidd reports:Casey Francis Harrell, Thomas Nelson’s director of corporate communications, told me the publishing house “was contacted by a number of people expressing concerns about [The Jefferson Lies].” The company began to evaluate the criticisms, Harrell said, and “in the course of our review learned that there were some historical details included in the book that … [Read more...]

The American Conservative weighs in on the David Barton controversy

Today, Rod Dreher has a reaction to the NPR segment from yesterday posted at the American Conservative.Go read the whole thing but here is the money:Count me as a conservative Christian who is alarmed by this kind of thing. I hate it when secular liberals distort history to serve their own ends. The most egregious example I can think of was the drafters of the European Union constitution ignoring Europe’s Christian heritage; even Poland’s then-president, an atheist, denounced it as an outr … [Read more...]

First Things on David Barton’s Errors

This article by Greg Forster is an absolutely devastating critique of David Barton's writing on John Locke. Forster leads off:I’m not a scholar of Thomas Jefferson, but I am a scholar of John Locke. Barton has an article about Locke on his website, so I thought I’d weigh in with my opinion on whether it matches Jay’s description of Barton’s methods. It does, and then some.I should note for the record that I’m not only a conservative (both theologically, as an evangelical, and politically, a … [Read more...]


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