Two things happened on September 11 this year – I turned 50 and became officially old, and I got the first installment of my debunking of David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies done.
At some point as I was writing what I intended to be a single book debunking Barton’s Jefferson book, I said to myself that you could write a whole book on each one of his seven chapters, which he calls “Lie #1,” “Lie #2,” “Lie #3,” etc., so that’s what I decided to do – a series of seven short books, one debunking each of his chapters. This seemed like a much better idea than cutting stuff out to try to cram it all into one volume. There are just far too many lies in Barton’s book to debunk them all in a single volume with any degree of thoroughness, and anyone familiar with my other work debunking this crap knows how I like to be thorough and leave no stone unturned.
I’m not putting these books out in the order that Barton’s chapters appear in his book. I’m doing it in order of which are most relevant to current church/state issues. So, #2 of my series, the one about Jefferson and education is the first one, before #1 (the one about Jefferson and Sally Hemings). The next one will be #5, the one debunking all the lies Barton uses to claim that Jefferson didn’t really believe in a separation of church and state. While the other five subjects are interesting regarding Jefferson as a person, it’s the subjects of #2 and #5 that are the most important in the so-called “culture wars,” so those are first.
Anyway, the print version of my debunking of Barton’s “Lie #2″ is now available on Amazon, and I’m finishing up the Kindle version today, so that will be available shortly. I’m also going to do a Nook version of this one; I just need to figure out how to do it since I’ve never done a Nook book before. (You gotta figure all this stuff out on your own if you want to be an independent writer and don’t have people doing this stuff for you, but it’s worth it not to be answerable to anybody except yourself and your readers, so bear with me if you’re a Nook user.)
Instead of spending any more time explaining this project here (time that I could be spending getting the e-book versions done), here’s my “official” description on Amazon:
In his book The Jefferson Lies, Christian nationalist pseudo-historian David Barton professes to correct what he claims are seven lies about Thomas Jefferson, in chapters titled:
Lie #1: Thomas Jefferson Fathered Sally Hemings’ Children
Lie #2: Thomas Jefferson Founded a Secular University
Lie #3: Thomas Jefferson Wrote His Own Bible and Edited Out the Things He Didn’t Agree With
Lie #4: Thomas Jefferson Was a Racist Who Opposed Equality for Black Americans
Lie #5: Thomas Jefferson Advocated a Secular Public Square through the Separation of Church and State
Lie #6: Thomas Jefferson Detested the Clergy
Lie #7: Thomas Jefferson Was an Atheist and Not a Christian
It is David Barton, however, who is doing the lying, and not those whom he accuses of being the revisionists. Through a series of seven short books, one devoted to each of Barton’s seven Jefferson lies, the real liar will be revealed, and the real Thomas Jefferson will be preserved.
This volume debunks the many lies and misrepresentations used by Barton in the chapter of his book titled “Lie #2: Thomas Jefferson Founded a Secular University.”
I’ll be back to post some excerpts from the book here. I just need to get the e-books finished and out there first.