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 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...]

David Barton’s Conservative Critics: Debunking the Liberal Attack Claims

To promote David Barton's second edition of The Jefferson Lies, World Net Daily, Glenn Beck, and David Barton claim the first edition was pulled from publication by publisher Thomas Nelson due to ideologically motivated attacks by liberals.World Net Daily:Despite the wildly popular success of the original hardcover edition, or perhaps because of it, a campaign to discredit Barton’s scholarship was launched by bloggers and a handful of non-historian academics. What happened next was s … [Read more...]

David Barton and Wallbuilders Double Down on The Jefferson Lies Accusations

In his new edition of The Jefferson Lies, David Barton claimed that I recruited Jay Richards to find Christian historians who would engage in a campaign against him. That charge is still false.I denied the charge in a post here and in a review on The Jefferson Lies Amazon page.Today someone at Barton's organization, Wallbuilders, replied to my review with an accusation that I told one story in the review and another story to some undisclosed persons. See below: I then … [Read more...]

David Barton Removes Claim About Chaplains at the University of Virginia in New Edition of The Jefferson Lies

In the 2012 edition of The Jefferson Lies, David Barton claimed to debunk the notion that the University of Virginia (founded by Jefferson) had no chaplains. He took up this as one of his major points as evidence that Jefferson established UVA as a "transdenominational" college. See below from the first edition of The Jefferson Lies: 4. Did the University of Virginia Have Chaplains?The modern claim that the University of Virginia had no chaplains is also easily disproved by original … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know About David Barton’s New Edition of The Jefferson Lies (Press Release)

What You Need to Know About David Barton's New Edition of The Jefferson LiesContact Warren Throckmorton, warrenthrockmorton@gmail.comGROVE CITY, Penn., Jan. 13, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Yesterday was the official release date of the second edition of "The Jefferson Lies" by Ted Cruz's Super PAC coordinator David Barton. Published by World Net Daily, the second edition promises to answer Barton's critics and restore Jefferson's reputation.However, there is much World Net Daily … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck: “Liberal Bastards” Had David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies Pulled from Shelves

Even though the book has been available on Amazon for over two weeks, yesterday was the official release of the second edition of The Jefferson Lies by David Barton. To promote the book, Glenn Beck was in typical hyperbolic mode throughout the day on his network. I caught some of the radio segment and watched Barton's appearance on Beck's afternoon television show. Prior to Barton's television appearance, Beck introduced the segment by trashing me as a leftist psychology professor.Earlier on … [Read more...]

David Barton Tells Listeners Virginia Law Kept Slave Owners from Emancipating Slaves; Admits it Happened in New Edition of The Jefferson Lies

Yesterday, David Barton said again that Virginia law did not allow slave owners to free their slaves. He usually tries to make that case in relationship to Thomas Jefferson, but yesterday on his Wallbuilders' program, he said George Mason could not free his slaves because of Virginia law.At about 37 seconds into this clip from the program, Barton says Mason didn't free his slaves "because in Virginia it was illegal for guys like him to release their own slaves." Listen:I have … [Read more...]


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