Come Hear the Most Recognized Christian Historian in America

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I am not sure what the promoters mean by "most recognized" but I think they mean it in a good way. Sorry, real Christian historians, to make you cringe but you all probably need to make some noise if you don't like this. The promoter's name, email and phone number are right there in the ad. He also says "a national news organization has described him as 'America’s historian.'" I would like to know what news organization did that. I have never found the original source.I do … [Read more...]

Dear David Barton: Virginia Law Allowed Manumission of Slaves After 1782

In his pulled-from-publication book, The Jefferson Lies, David Barton took the position that Virginia law did not allow Thomas Jefferson to free his slaves. In our book on Jefferson, Getting Jefferson Right, Michael Coulter and I demonstrated that slave owners were allowed to manumit (free) slaves after Virginia lawmakers passed the 1782 Law on Manumission. However, Barton keeps spreading the misinformation.In February, Barton told Charis Bible College students George Mason was not allowed to … [Read more...]

Here’s What David Barton Calls Vindication of His Historical Claims

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Recently, I questioned the way World Net Daily writer John Aman characterized David Barton's defamation suit against W.S. Smith, a writer for Examiner.com who criticized Barton's historical claims. Aman wrote:Barton also won in court against W.S. Smith, a self-described atheist who published an online article in 2010 calling Barton “an admitted liar” whose “books have been picked apart time and again and exposed as fallacious.” Smith was a no-show throughout the lawsuit, disappearing shortly … [Read more...]

Pastor Jack Hibbs Takes Lessons from David Barton

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The third video in Jack Hibb's mini-series (see a previous post on a prior episode) with David Barton features Hibbs trying his hand at historical interpretation. Watch Hibbs talking about Washington and Jefferson as slave owners (for context, here is the complete segment).In this clip, Hibbs makes some Bartonesque statements about Washington and Jefferson. Below I give the claim and then after that what I believe to be the truth.  Hibbs said:1. George Washington was one of the ten we … [Read more...]

Who is Bringing David Barton to PA in March?

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As noted in January, David Barton is speaking at Lancaster Bible College on March 19. A group called the Pennsylvania Pastor's Network is listed as sponsor of the U-Turn conference, named after Barton's book with George Barna (who is also slated to appear). Even though I have lived in PA for 20 years, I knew almost nothing about them. My initial thought is the PPN might be mainly the people advertising the event, and that seems to be the case.According to Capstone Legacy Foundation … [Read more...]

AFA Journal Compounds Dubious Claim that David Barton Was Vindicated in Court

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David Barton's vindication campaign is getting some traction among far right publications.The newest American Family Association Journal ran a brief summary of the December 2014 World Net Daily article. The AFA article concluded with this unsubstantiated sentence: "Barton has also won legal judgment against others who published lies about his veracity and his ministry." See below.While Barton did settle out of court with his accusers on the white supremacy charges, he dismissed the … [Read more...]

Should America Establish Christianity as a State Religion?

Everyone who reads here should know where I stand on that question -- absolutely not!I was surprised and sad to see that among Republicans, I am in the minority. According to a Public Policy Polling survey (question 17), 57% of Republicans said they "support establishing Christianity as the national religion." Thirty percent did not support that policy and 13% were unsure.Tom Ehrich pointed to the poll results in his commentary opposing the establishment of Christianity. Ehrich asks, if … [Read more...]

Update on the HIV Vaccine that David Barton Said Was Halted

Yesterday, I pointed out that David Barton tried to prove his belief that God would not allow researchers to find a vaccine for HIV by misrepresenting research on the subject. Barton first pointed to a successful vaccine trial (RV144) but then led his audience to believe RV144 was halted by showing them a headline announcing that another study (HVTN505) had been stopped by the NIH. In fact, as I demonstrated, RV144 was deemed safe and modestly effective (see that post for video of Barton's … [Read more...]


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