Controversial Book About Thomas Jefferson Dropped By Publisher, Finds New Home With Glenn Beck
via The Guardian:
Evangelical author David Barton's book, The Jefferson Lies, sought to reveal the "truth" about the former US president.
Instead, it was deemed by the History News Network as the least credible history book in print (for reference, there are a lot of books in print). It was so riddled with inaccuracies that its publisher, Christian press Thomas Nelson, dropped it.
But things like "facts" and "accuracy" don't matter to people like conservative talking head Glenn Beck, who has offered to publish the book through his own Mercury Ink.
In real world America, the one that exists on the plane of facts, Jefferson was a Deist who championed the separation of church and state. Barton argues that Jefferson was actually an orthodox Christian who did not believe that church and state should be separated. Based on... something? Certainly not the reams of paperwork and evidence that says otherwise.
The book will not be rewritten for Mercury--a few things will be rephrased "to remove any potential confusion," said Barton. He also noted that he'll add in material cut by the original publisher. I imagine that material will reveal Jesus to be the true author of the US Constitution.
(By the way, lest you think History News Network is some left-wing think tank biased against authors like Barton, they said the second least credible history book was Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.)
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