It was more than three years ago when Christian pseudo-historian David Barton‘s book The Jefferson Lies was yanked off the shelves by his publishers at Thomas Nelson due to all the inaccuracies in it.
“When the concerns came in, from multiple people, and that had weight too, we were trying to sort things out,” said Thomas Nelson Senior Vice President and Publisher Brian Hampton. “Were these matters of opinion? Were they differences of interpretation? But as we got into it, our conclusion was that the criticisms were correct. There were historical details — matters of fact, not matters of opinion, that were not supported at all.“
David Barton was exposed — yet again — as a liar. (Chris Rodda has a wonderful takedown of one of Barton’s chapters right here.)
But there was always a lingering question about whether the book would resurface. After all, Barton’s fan base includes a hell of a lot of biblical literalists, so they’re used to books that ignore reality.
It appears that WND, the Christian news site formerly known as WorldNetDaily, will be re-releasing Barton’s book after all this time. And they didn’t bother correcting any of the mistakes. Instead, they’re doubling down on them:
Despite the wildly popular success of the original hardcover edition, a few dedicated liberal individuals campaigned to discredit Barton’s scholarship and credibility, but to no avail.
In his new paperback edition Barton responds to his critics in a lengthy new preface in which he takes to task his former publisher and directly answers with thorough documentation the seven main issues his detractors registered.
Sure he does…
Never has a book title been more accurate.
(via Warren Throckmorton)