Hey everybody … you may have noticed that I’ve been AWOL again for the past week (except, of course, for my part in FTB’s little April Fool’s prank). The reason I haven’t been around is that David Barton’s new book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson, came out a little over a week ago. It wasn’t supposed to be released until April 10, but came out early. So, naturally, I had to start debunking it. Between Barton’s book and my job at MRFF, I’ve been a very busy fundy fighter.
The chapters of Barton’s new masterpiece of historical revisionism are titled “Lie #1, “Lie #2,” Lie #3, etc, with each chapter being a “debunking” by Barton of some alleged lie that he claims the secularists have made up about Jefferson. This has long been one of Barton’s tactics in his presentations and videos — to present himself as the debunker, claiming that secularists and modern historians are the ones who have revised history and that he’s the one setting the record straight. And it’s a tactic that works very well on his audience.
To begin my debunking of Barton’s new book, I picked the chapter titled “Lie #2: Thomas Jefferson Founded a Secular University,” and there are so may lies in just this one chapter that my video on it ended up being nearly two hours long. There was just no way to adequately debunk all these lies any quicker. When I make shorter videos, the Barton defenders say I didn’t provide enough information; when I make longer videos that go into all the details, they say they’re too long and boring. So, I really can’t win with a lot of those people. But, for those who want a thorough debunking, that’s what I’m doing here. My video even contains footnotes, which appear on a blackboard behind me every time I’m quoting something. This is to preempt the comments I usually get saying, “Barton has lots of footnotes so he must be telling the truth.”
I know that most people don’t have time to watch a two hour video in one shot, and I will be breaking this into shorter segments, which I’ll post here as soon as I get them done, but for now, here is the entire video.