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Two Years Ago Today, the 'Least Credible History Book in Print' Was Published

Chris Rodda | Posted 04.10.2014 | Media
Chris Rodda

The Jefferson Lies was Barton's first "history" book to be published by a major publisher -- Thomas Nelson, one of the largest American trade publishers and the world's largest Christian publisher.

Proof Darth Vader Makes The Best Artistic Muse

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.10.2014 | Arts

Today we're mourning the fact that Anakin Skywalker, known to galaxies far, far away as Darth Vader, never had the opportunity to sit for Claude Monet...

The 'Easy' Cure for PTSD? The Cruelty of Shallow Religious Answers

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Got PTSD? If you have enough faith, if you truly believe, televangelist Kenneth Copeland asserts you can get over it, right now! The Bible tells you so. So... are you feeling better yet? No? You're not the only one.

Televangelist Says PTSD Can Be Cured With Bible

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion

(RNS) On a Veterans Day broadcast program, televangelist Kenneth Copeland and controversial historian David Barton told listeners that soldiers should...

Video: Ted Cruz Anointed by Antigay, Pro-Religious War Pastors

Bruce Wilson | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics
Bruce Wilson

Over the weekend two of the leading Senate Republican Tea Party leaders behind the shutdown, Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, attended the Family Research Council's annual "Voter Values Summit," at which FRC head Tony Perkins dubbed Cruz the "de facto" leader of the GOP.

Debunking David Barton's Jefferson Lies (Because They Still Need to Be Debunked)

Chris Rodda | Posted 11.16.2013 | Media
Chris Rodda

Over the last couple of weeks, I've seen a number of articles about pseudo-historian David Barton's "comeback." My first thought upon seeing these articles was "what comeback?"

Farah Mohamed

GOP Candidate Touts Controversial Endorsement

HuffingtonPost.com | Farah Mohamed | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia on Thursday picked up the endorsement of conservative historia...

Where is That Simon & Schuster Edition of The Jefferson Lies That David Barton Has Been Promising?

Chris Rodda | Posted 10.09.2013 | Media
Chris Rodda

Exactly one year ago today, on August 9, 2012, Christian publisher Thomas Nelson took the virtually unprecedented action of pulling one of its books from publication due to the book's many inaccuracies. That book, of course, was David Barton's The Jefferson Lies.

Sen. Lautenberg's 2005 Stand Against David Barton Was Much More Than Just a Stand for Separation of Church and State

Chris Rodda | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Upon hearing of his passing on Monday morning, the one thing that immediately came to mind for me was the day in 2005 when he took a stand on the Senate floor against pseudo-historian David Barton.

Congressman Who Fell for Onion Story Still Hasn't Learned to Check His Facts

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

It seems that Congressman Fleming's ability to separate fact from fiction hasn't improved much in the past year. The stories he's now believing might not come from The Onion, but the headlines are just as far-fetched and the stories just as fictitious.

Pseudo-Historian Who Compares Obama to Hitler Invited to Speak at Army Prayer Breakfast

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Yeah, I'm talking about everybody's favorite Christian nationalist history revisionist David Barton. It seems this paragon of lies and propaganda has been invited to speak at the Annual National Prayer Breakfast at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Conservatives Slam Hit Video Game

Posted 04.26.2013 | Technology

Since its debut in March, Irrational Games' new first-person shooter, "BioShock Infinite," has received rave reviews and is expected to sell more than...

One Year Ago Today, the 'Least Credible History Book in Print' was Published

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.10.2013 | Books
Chris Rodda

One year ago today, on April 10, 2012, a new book hit the shelves -- David Barton's The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.

David Barton Justifies Destruction Of Indian Tribes

Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.

Barton's characterization of the Indians engaging in torture and the English as civilized ignores the many American atrocities committed against the native people during that war and other conflicts.

David Barton Admits Getting Gun-Toting Students Story From Louis L'Amour, But It's OK Because L'Amour Said It Really Happened

Chris Rodda | Posted 04.28.2013 | Media
Chris Rodda

See how much a story can change in just one retelling? A gunman from San Francisco in the 1860s became a gunman from New England in the 1850s. How much might the story have already changed from whatever incident L'Amour based his novel's version on?

David Barton Claims That Gun Accidents Just Didn't Happen in the Founding Era -- Yeah, Right

Chris Rodda | Posted 04.15.2013 | Media
Chris Rodda

Barton claimed on his radio show to have "searched" and only found two gun accidents in the founding era, but his claim became even more incredible on Beck's show. Now it's two gun accidents in two hundred years!

Is David Barton Now Getting His 'History' From Louis L'Amour Novels?

Chris Rodda | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

So, did Barton get his piece of 'history' from Bendigo Shafter? Only Barton can prove that he didn't. I therefore challenge David Barton to provide a source for the story he told on Beck's show.

A Debunking of Pseudo-Historian David Barton's Book on the Second Amendment

Chris Rodda | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Like many a good Christian, pseudo-historian David Barton likes guns and, of course, thinks that every person in America has an unlimited constitutional -- and biblical -- right to own and carry them.

WATCH: Conservative 'Historian' Makes Dubious Claim About Armed Kids In Schools

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

Ever-colorful conservative personality Glenn Beck has made no secret of his support of the Second Amendment and his disdain for gun control. But in a ...

Think Again: More Tea Party Fiction

Eric Alterman | Posted 03.12.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

Among the most recent trees to fall in the forest of Tea Party fiction is the work of alleged "historian" David Barton. Unfortunately, the Barton saga is all too typical of the Tea Party ethos -- one that many in the mainstream media have frequently given a free pass.

Glenn Beck Claims God's Hand At Work In Romney Presidential Bid

Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion

In an interview with controversial conservative Christian author David Barton last week, talk show host Glenn Beck implied that God was helping to swa...

FYI Republicans: Tocqueville Was Actually Insulting America When He Referred to It Being "Exceptional"

Chris Rodda | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Thanks to the Republicans' favorite pseudo-historian David Barton, "American exceptionalism," a nineteenth century insult about the undeserved prideful nature of Americans is being proudly touted by Republicans everywhere. The irony is killing me.

David Barton Tells Glenn Beck a More Obvious Lie to Refute the Refutation of a Less Obvious Lie

Chris Rodda | Posted 10.17.2012 | Media
Chris Rodda

On Thursday's episode of Glenn Beck's web-based GBTV show, Beck's guest was none other than pseudo-historian David Barton, who, as everybody knows by now, just got his bestselling book The Jefferson Lies pulled by Christian publisher Thomas Nelson.

Book Claiming To Expose Liberal 'Lies' About Thomas Jefferson Exposed As Inaccurate

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion

Following widespread criticism from a diverse group of scholars, as well as the threat of a boycott by Cincinnati pastors and church leaders, publishe...

Thomas Jefferson: American Enigma

Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D. | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.

This week we celebrate the independence declared and won during the founding era of the nation. Celebrating the Declaration of Independence brings annual focus to the primary author of the document, who is still the subject of competing claims about his life, his faith and his beliefs.