David Barton is a best selling author of Christian books. He writes about history.
Barton has a degree in Christian Education from Oral Roberts University, is a preacher and founded an organization, Wallbuilders. He is a former co chair of the Republican Party of Texas.
Barton’s life long passion is to get his brand of religion into government. He has long proclaimed the founding fathers did not believe in a separation of church and state. Conservative celebrities such as Mike Huckabee endorse him.
His latest book, The Jefferson Lies, has been selling well to parents who home school their children. The theme of the book is Barton’s claim that most of what is universally taught and reported about Jefferson is untrue or questionable.
This includes that he fathered a child with a slave, that he held slaves by choice, that he made his own version of the Bible by clipping out the miracle parts and that he was not enthusiastic about the Christian faith.
On release of this book, stores were busy selling it. Critics were busy debunking the book and Barton.
The criticism chours began in include professors from deep Christian schools. Critics pointed to errors and undocumented claims Barton made about Jefferson.
Yesterday, it was too much for the publisher who recalled the book. Barton says he will simply find another publisher.
Rewriting history has been a goal of some parts of the Christian establishment. Barton’s books should be published as his opinion, not as history.