Christian publisher Thomas Nelson is endingthe publication and distribution of Barton’s recent bestseller, “The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.” The book is being pulled because of gross historical inaccuracies and outright fabrications.
While reasonable, educated people have long known that Barton was a charlatan and a con man preaching a false history to sell books and promote Christian revisionist propaganda, the fact that Barton’s Christian publisher, at the urging of other Christian scholars, have decided to pull the book indicates that Barton is losing credibility within the community of Christian academics.
Barton has long been arguing for a false historical narrative, claiming that the founding fathers intended not a republic, but some sort of Biblically inspired theocracy. Attempting to force feed Americans, and in particular American children, a false and inaccurate American history, Barton has been leading a quiet and dangerous movement in this country. The movement, popular with Christian homeschoolers, is a blatant revision of American history in an attempt to pave the way for a Christian theocracy.
Barton’s false and discredited historical narrative claims that the United States was founded as a Christian nation, that the American Constitution is not a secular document but based on the Bible, and that most of the founding fathers were evangelical Christians, when in fact most were deists. Perhaps most egregious, Barton has been a leading proponent for the false notion that Constitutional guarantees of church-state separation are in reality a myth.