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.
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?
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!
Mr. Beck, I would never call a quote from George Washington ridiculous, but I will call the one on that t-shirt what it is -- a fake! Even your new pal David Barton tells his followers not to use this quote.
I sometimes get criticized for coming right out and calling David Barton a liar. It's moments like that one with John Hagee that expose him as the liar that he is, and that is exactly what I will continue to call him.
This post is about an 1809 letter from John Adams to Benjamin Rush that David Barton butchers to make it appear that Adams thought that all governments must be administered by the Holy Ghost in order to be legitimate.