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...]

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...]

Happy Religious Freedom Day 2016; Happy Freedom to the Five Americans Released by Iran Today

Today, we remember Thomas Jefferson's work in writing Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom (full text here) which was adopted by the Virginia legislature on January 16, 1786. From Obama's presidential proclamation: When the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was adopted on January 16, 1786, it formed a blueprint for what would become the basis for the protection of religious liberty enshrined in our Constitution.  Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the statute proclaims that "all men shall be … [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...]

A Challenge to WND and David Barton on Thomas Jefferson and Slavery

Late last night, World Net Daily published another "exclusive" promo piece for David Barton's The Jefferson Lies. This one focuses on Thomas Jefferson's relationship to his slaves and repeats Barton's overconfident denial that Jefferson fathered any of Sally Heming's children. We did not take up that claim in Getting Jefferson Right because there is no way to know for sure what happened.However, the unknown author of the WND article then comes after me (and my co-author Michael Coulter … [Read more...]

World Net Daily and David Barton Claim Political Correctness Doomed The Jefferson Lies

On Friday of last week, World Net Daily published something called "Anatomy Of An American Book Banning." Believe it or not, World Net Daily and David Barton are hoping to convince readers that Barton's book was pulled from publication due to political correctness. The subtitle of the article is: How New York Times bestseller was resurrected after falling casualty to political correctness. Joseph Farah and Barton deserve each other; both engage in historical revisionism. Farah says at the end … [Read more...]

Daily Jefferson: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Died on July 4, 1826; Happy Independence Day!

This post is reprinted from last year on Independence Day. Seems like a fitting way to end the Daily Jefferson series. 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 w … [Read more...]

Daily Jefferson: Thomas Jefferson’s Next to Last Words on July 3, 1826 – Is it the Fourth?

On July 3, 1826, Thomas Jefferson was near death. According to the Monticello website, three men were with him at various times during those last hours: "Robley Dunglison, the attending physician; Thomas Jefferson Randolph, Jefferson's grandson; and Nicholas Trist, the husband of Jefferson's granddaughter,Virginia Randolph." According to all three men, Jefferson's next to last words related to July 4th. He wondered if he had made it to Independence Day. According to the Monticello article, Ra … [Read more...]


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