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...]

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...]

Another Surprising Conservative Critique of David Barton

David Barton, Glenn Beck and World Net Daily have promoted the fiction that only liberals have criticized David Barton's history. I have debunked that here.This week a very conservative writer came out with concerns about Barton's history and theological teachings. At several location, Marsha West has a sharp critique of Barton's work and his association with Glenn Beck.The most surprising source to run West's article was RenewAmerica. I dare Barton and company to label RenewAmerica lib … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz “Really is the Guy” Glenn Beck and David Barton Have Been Praying For

Some readers will focus on David Barton praying over LDS member Glenn Beck.Some readers will focus on Beck and Barton's certainty that Ted Cruz is really the anointed candidate.Some readers will wonder why Ted Cruz, if he really is the guy, only gave 1% of his income in charitable deductions from 2006-2010.Some readers will question David Barton's role in the Cruz campaign while he is the leader of one of Ted Cruz's Super PAC.Some readers will question if the Holy Spirit's job in … [Read more...]

David Barton: Thomas Jefferson Would Like Ted Cruz for President

Over at World Net Daily, David Barton says that [Ted] Cruz is the candidate who comes closest to Jefferson and what he believes were the third president’s principles on “debt, religious liberty, and the war on Islam.”Barton has been elevated to "historian and Thomas Jefferson scholar" and uses his WND platform to assert that the Founders are relevant to politics today. Barton says Cruz and Jefferson hold similar policy positions.It now seems clear why Barton and WND brought out The Jeffe … [Read more...]


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