Aug 10 2012

A Few Words About the Barton Thing

Hey, everybody …

It probably seems kind of weird that I’m the one person who hasn’t been posting anything about Barton’s publisher pulling his book The Jefferson Lies. The reason, as I’m sure people would assume, is that I’m really busy because of Barton’s publisher pulling his book.

But I did want to post this quick post, first of all to thank the people who have been leaving comments about the Barton thing on my other posts. I really appreciate that!

Second, I want to say that anyone who thinks that Barton’s book being pulled means that Barton has been “taken down,” as some articles are putting it, is wrong. Barton has not been taken down by any stretch of the imagination. His supporters have not lost “faith” in him, and he will find a way to spin this into something that makes him a hero. I’ve already made some predictions on my Facebook page about how I think he’s going to do it. My Facebook page is also where I’ve been talking about this whole Barton thing, so, while I’m too busy to spend much time blogging, please visit me on Facebook. My page is public, but you need to be a friend to post any new posts, and at least a friend of a friend to comment (it’s the only way I can keep my page under control).

I’m still finishing the book I’m writing to debunk Barton’s book, and am close to being done. Barton’s book will not be  gone for long. I’m sure he will be quickly re-releasing through his own publishing company, Wallbuilders Press, and it will remain just as popular as it was, if not even more popular.

And, finally, I have to post a link to this one post from Right Wing Watch, just for the sheer irony of it. For those who haven’t actually read Barton’s book (which I assume is most of you), one of the main premises of the book is that you can’t trust “modern academics” just because they’re Ph.D.s. So, what is Barton using as his defense? That a whole bunch of (unnamed) Ph.D.s approved of his work, of course!


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  1. 1

    When Barton writes the history of this, the publisher will have pulled the book because he wasn’t hard enough on the secular historians, and included too many footnotes.

    Also, the foreward by Jefferson himself needed more OMG’s.

  2. 2

    Thanks for the update. I wouldn’t have thought to check your FB. Several of my friends caught on to the NPR story and I directed them to the Liars for Jesus sight. There was some speculation about whether he was willfully lying or just a bad scholar. I set them straight.

    As someone who has read your book and watched all your videos, it always astounds me that you aren’t the first name brought up when anyone mentions Barton. You literally wrote the book on his fraudulent “research.”

  3. 3

    “I can’t tell you how many Ph.D.’s were in the room.”

    Right. And I can’t tell you how many PH.D.’s are here in my room right now.

    Possibly for the same reason.

    I am eagerly awaiting your book, Chris.

  4. 4

    “you can’t trust “modern academics” just because they’re Ph.D.s.”
    Don McLeroy: “Someone has to stand up to these experts”

    “So, what is Barton using as his defense? That a whole bunch of (unnamed) Ph.D.s approved of his work, of course!”
    Undoubtedly a bunch of honorary degrees to theologians.

    The local Aledo, Tx newspaper is working on an updated story about their hometown boy, so, as a concerned citizen of the area, I try to keep them updated on all the latest news about him. Wouldn’t want them to print a one-sided story, now would I?

  5. 5

    I’ve been meaning to thank you for that “Liars for Jesus” – especially after the Massive Fail(s) by that Jon Stewart.
    who had him – but petted him slightly

  6. 6
    Ibis3, Let's burn some bridges

    I wonder if this hullabaloo will open doors to getting your own debunking book published by a big house & some interviews on NPR, The Daily Show etc.

    (p.s. good job!)

  7. 7

    He will become a martyr for christofascist

  8. 8

    ^ lets hope so.

  9. 9

    I miss your blog posts, but I want to get that new book. Have you found any complete sentences where there are no lies or falsehoods yet? It does take a while to deal with all of them.

  10. 10
    RW Ahrens

    As soon as I saw the headline on this, I thought of your efforts to expose this idiot. Thanks for all the hard work, and man, I know how hard work it is!

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    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    Undoubtedly a bunch of honorary degrees to theologians.

    Hey, now. Those ‘theologians’ paid good money for those fake PhD’s! Sometimes as much as $500!

    Ain’t nothin honorary about em, they weren’t free and they have no honor.

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    I can’t believe the guy was speaking just a couple miles down the road from where I live, in wonderful liberal Hawaii!

  13. 13

    I looked up Wallbuilders. If they’re the “Bigger and Better” publishing house, then why didn’t Barton publish his screed there to begin with ? After all, as the founder and director of Wallbuilders, it wouldn’t take much to get his book past editorial review, now would it ?

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    Mike Morrison

    To be fair to John Stewart, he is not a historian. He probably didn’t know what he was getting into when he invited Barton onto his show, and he certainly didn’t have the sources and/or research on hand in order to debunk him right on the show.

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