David Barton Still Pitching His Discredited Jefferson Lies

Recently, David Barton spoke at Knightdale, NC at the Faith Baptist Church. He spoke on Saturday and then again on Sunday morning. In previous posts, I described his false teaching on HIV and his faulty claim that 50% of students at Christian colleges abandon their faith.
In the third session of his Saturday workshop, Barton makes many of the same claims he made in his book The Jefferson Lies. Because of those errors, Barton’s book was pulled from publication by Christian publisher Thomas Nelson. Michael Coulter and I debunked those claims in Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President. In the following video, watch from 17:50 through 29:30 to hear the bogus claims about Jefferson.
I have covered the stories about chaplains at the University of Virginia, the Thompson Hot Press Bible, the Virginia Bible Society and the Jefferson Bible on the blog. We cover them more extensively in our book. In this speech, Barton rehashed The Jefferson Lies for his audience, without correcting the book’s flaws.
On his website, he has not corrected the false claim that The Jefferson Lies will be re-published by Simon & Schuster. The publisher has no plans to publish the book.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised but I still am amazed that Barton peddles these misleading and false claims in church.

Come Hear the Most Recognized Christian Historian in America

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 don’t buy it.  Someone who had earned the title America’s historian or the most recognized Christian historian would not say the following:

  • The Constitution quotes the Bible verbatim
  • Congress printed the first English language Bible
  • Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 27 had seminary degrees
  • Virginia law always forbid slave owners to free slaves
  • Unitarian doctrine once included a Trinitarian concept of God
  • Violent crime has increased 694% since 1963
  • William Penn founded the Quakers
  • The Jefferson Bible includes all the recorded words of Jesus
  • Thomas Jefferson founded the Virginia Bible Society
  • Moravian missionaries were in Massachusetts before 1840
  • The NRA was started to arm freed blacks against the KKK
  • There isn’t a vaccine for HIV because God promised to punish gays with HIV

America’s historian probably wouldn’t tell people Simon & Schuster plans to publish a book when the publisher has no plans to do so. Such an historian would not make up a mythical college basketball career playing Division One NCAA college ball for a record-setting team.