Anniversary of the Deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1826; Happy Independence Day!

In addition to being Independence Day, this is the day that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. On this day in 1826, former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who were once fellow Patriots and then adversaries, die on the same day within five hours of each other. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were friends who together served on the committee that constructed the Declaration of Independence, but later became political rivals during the … [Read more...]

Reclaim America Now Motto Is Falsely Attributed To Thomas Jefferson

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On November 19, Larry Klayman's Reclaim America Now engaged in a "second American revolution" protest. The goal of the protest was to force Obama, Reid and Boehner out of office. Obviously, they didn't succeed.Lots of tea party people attended the rally and the organizers and speakers wrapped themselves up in the founders, even employing an actor to portray George Washington (see the picture below). Also in that picture is the likeness of Thomas Jefferson on a poster with the motto: When … [Read more...]

Taskmaster of the Mountain: Michael Coulter on Henry Wiencek’s Master of the Mountain

Michael Coulter is co-author with me of Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, and professor of political science and humanities at Grove City College. He recently penned this review of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves by Henry Wiencek (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012) for a campus publication and gave me permission to reproduce it here..............It is almost a cliché to say that Thomas Jefferson’s life – both his word … [Read more...]

David Barton Promotes Debunked Jefferson Claims

One might think David Barton would reconsider some of his claims in light of his problems with his book on Jefferson, The Jefferson Lies.  The book was voted "least credible history book in print"  by readers of the History News Network, the subject of multiple negative reviews in major publications (e.g., Wall Street Journal), and then pulled from publication by Christian publisher Thomas Nelson. Some authors might allow such negative reactions to generate some reflection and moves to correct o … [Read more...]

Thomas Jefferson on Reading the Bible in Schools

Recently, David Barton spoke at a Baptist Church and in his speech he talked about Abington Township vs. Schempp. He said the Supreme Court got it wrong, in part, because they relied on testimony of Dr. Grayzel who said kids would be psychologically damaged by Bible reading (about 15 minutes into part one).Of course, the case is more complicated than that.This post however is not to further debunk Barton on his statements about the Supreme Court ruling. Others have done that (Grayzel was … [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...]

Dean of Liberty Law School Says Islam Not Protected by the First Amendment

Prospective Christian law students pay attention.Mat Staver, Dean of the Liberty University Law School told OneNewsNow, the "news service" of the American Family Association that Islam is more political ideology than religion and as such does not merit the same religious liberty protections.  Staver said"One of the issues, however, that needs to be considered is whether or not there will be much emphasis placed on advancing the Muslim cause," he notes. "Certainly that could be a concern to … [Read more...]


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