WorldNetDaily: David Barton on Thomas Jefferson

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Our new Retard-o-tron™ had just been installed when it proved itself to be of great service. Its blaring sirens and flashing lights sent us rushing to the computer, which was linked to an article in WorldNetDaily (WND) — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page. It’s in their honor that our jolly buffoon logo is displayed above this post.

The article is Learn the truth about Thomas Jefferson. It’s a “WND EXCLUSIVE,” which means that no other publication will touch the thing. Also, there’s no indication of an author.

The article has an interesting sub-title: Get the book so politically incorrect, the publisher pulled it from the shelves! As soon as we saw that we knew what book they were talking about. Let’s see what WND has to tell us. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Thomas Jefferson stands falsely accused of several crimes, among them infidelity and disbelief. Prominent historian David Barton sets the record straight in the hard-hitting book “The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson”.

Ah yes, David Barton. For just a hint of what we’ve had to say about him, see David Barton: Favorite Historian of Theocrats. And don’t overlook something we mentioned in that post, by Barbara Forrest, in her revealing article: Governor Jindal’s Friends in Low Places.

Barton has previously claimed that Jefferson and the other Founders were not only creationists, but that they actually rejected evolution — generations before Darwin published. In response to that we wrote Thomas Jefferson on Young-Earth Creationism. As we’ve said said before, relying on Barton is the last desperate act of a fool. Okay, back to WND:

It’s so hot [Barton’s book, The Jefferson Lies] and so politically incorrect, the publisher pulled it from the shelves of every bookstore in America.

The publisher pulled it because it’s too hot? Really? You might want to read this article from August, 2012 in The Christian Post, which is presumably an unbiased source for this subject: Publisher Pulls David Barton’s Book on Jefferson. They say:

Thomas Nelson decided Thursday to stop publication and distribution of David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies. The book, about Thomas Jefferson, had come under criticism from both Christian and secular historians for taking quotes out of context and making unsubstantiated generalizations about Jefferson’s life.

Christian historians claim the book goes too far in concluding that Jefferson was a believer in Christ as Savior, citing clear evidence – including a national archives Bible Jefferson owned that cut out all New Testament miracles performed by Jesus – that Jefferson did not believe in the deity of Christ.

After Thomas Nelson began hearing criticisms of the book, it reviewed the book and discovered “some historical details included in the book that were not adequately supported,” Casey Francis Harrell, Thomas Nelson’s director of corporate communications, told Thomas Kidd, associate professor of history at Baylor University, who broke the story for World Magazine, an evangelical publication.

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Kidd also wrote an article for World Magazine on Tuesday that brought broader attention to the controversy. He reported on a wide array of evangelical scholars who found Barton’s work to be lacking sufficient evidence to justify his claims about Jefferson and U.S. history more generally.

In the article, Jay Richards, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, had reportedly “grown increasingly troubled about Barton’s writings.” After consulting 10 evangelical scholars, he concluded that Barton’s books and videos contain “embarrassing factual errors, suspiciously selective quotes, and highly misleading claims.”

Creationists often teach a bizarre, distorted, flamingly false version of history, because their fantasies are contradicted by the real world (see Is America a “Christian Nation”?). But sometimes they go so far that even their fellow creationists recoil in revulsion — but not all of them. WND says the publisher pulled Barton’s book, not because it was filled with falsehoods, but because it was too “hot” and ” politically incorrect.” Let’s read on to see what else WND has to say:

But the WND Superstore has plenty of copies and is making them available to you so you can know the truth about one of America’s founding fathers.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That tells you all you need to know about the WND Superstore. The next few sentences were plucked from WND’s last two paragraphs:

In “The Jefferson Lies” noted early America historian Barton scours out the truth. … In “The Jefferson Lies” Barton has gone through the historical records, combed the original documents and letters and examined the recent evidence, and his findings will upset the establishment. … As a reader, you will have the joy and surprise of meeting him for the very first time.

So there you are. Where does a defunct, discredited, and disgraced creationist historian go when even his fellow-creationists turn against him? He goes to WorldNetDaily, the bottom of the barrel, where he can always find a warm welcome among his peers. Oh, all right, this is a link to Barton’s book at the Superstore.

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9 responses to “WorldNetDaily: David Barton on Thomas Jefferson

  1. WND should stand for “weapons of neural disruption.” All this crap is enough to fry your neurons.

  2. docbill1351

    Barton is prominent like a zit on your forehead on prom night, Captain Cyclops.

    As for an historian, not a scrap of accreditation has Barton who sports a “degree” in Christian Education from diploma mill and intellectual sewer Oral Roberts University.

    Like all Christian authoritarians Barton just makes stuff up, but the wonderful Chris Rodda performs a great service spending time to point out Barton’s lies with scholarship that often spools out ten times the length of Barton’s yarn.

    But guess what? It don’t matter a wart’s hair on a frog’s ass. Barton is so well connected in the Texas Republican Party that he gets not only a free pass on all his lies, but he sits on the state textbook selection board! Yah hoo, Jesus wrote the Constitution while riding that spicy chicken!

  3. Barton must have a lot of unsold books to move. I love the marketing idea, though – if you have a book widely considered to be a pile of stinking offal, then play it up as the book no one else wants you to read!

    It’s really aggravating that frauds like Barton can get rich while causing such lasting damage to our country.

  4. The blurb for Barton’s screed on Jefferson proclaims:

    Thomas Jefferson stands falsely accused of several crimes, among them infidelity and disbelief.

    So ‘infidelity’ and ‘disbelief’ are now crimes??? In the USA??? When did the Taliban take over, then?

  5. “Prominent historian David Barton sets the record straight …”

    Prominent historian?? That must be a typo – I think they meant “Prominent liar David Barton …”

  6. docbill1351 says: “Barton is prominent like a zit on your forehead on prom night”

    He’s got a powerful methane footprint.

  7. docbill1351

    Barton reported on an “historical account” of school children in the 1850’s backing down a “bad guy” because they all had guns in their classroom.

    The “historical account” came from a work of fiction by western writer Louis L’Amour.

    Actually, Louis is a more credible reference than the other stuff Barton invents.

  8. Johnny Relentless

    So unbelief is a crime now?

  9. Techreseller

    Umm. Jefferson was faithful to his wife. All historians (Barton does not count) agree on this point. His wife died and THEN Jefferson began sleeping with other women. Seems pretty normal to me. While I have not read many original documents I have read close to a dozen biographies. He and I went to the same college. Really!