Thomas Nelson Realizes David Barton’s Latest Book is Full of $@#%, Pulls Book From Publication. I Faint.

Dispatches from the Culture Wars has the story:

Wow. This is very surprising to me and is sure to provoke howls of protest and claims of persecution from Barton, Glenn Beck and the rest of those liars. Thomas Nelson has decided to pull David Barton’s book The Jefferson Lies because it contains so many falsehoods.

The Thomas Nelson publishing company has decided to cease publication and distribution of David Barton’s controversial book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson, saying it has “lost confidence in the book’s details.”

Casey Francis Harrell, Thomas Nelson’s director of corporate communications, told me the publishing house “was contacted by a number of people expressing concerns about [The Jefferson Lies].” The company began to evaluate the criticisms, Harrell said, and “in the course of our review learned that there were some historical details included in the book that were not adequately supported. Because of these deficiencies we decided that it was in the best interest of our readers to stop the publication and distribution.”

The Jefferson Lies no longer appears in searches on Thomas Nelson’s website. Barton’s own WallBuilders Press published most of his earlier books.

One could look at this in a couple different ways.  First, obviously, congratulations to Thomas Nelson for taking their name off this abomination of history writing.  David Barton is a liar has a difficult relationship with the truth.  FTB’s Chris Rodda at This Week in Christian Nationalism has done some great work debunking Barton’s pseudo-history.  David Barton attempts to be a historian, but is really nothing but a propagandist.  Thomas Nelson is a large Christian publishing house, and I am pleasantly surprised that they chose to pull this factually challenged book from their list.  Good job, Thomas Nelson.

But not all in this story is positive.  As Ed Brayton points out:

Unfortunately, this will do little good. Barton will simply publish it on his own and now he’ll be able to market it to the ignorami by telling them it’s what THEY don’t want you to see. They might as well rename Wallbuilders as “Crossbuilders” because you know damn well they’re building a cross right now for Barton to climb up on and crucify himself to prove his martyrdom.

So, yeah.  Thomas Nelson won’t publish it anymore, but Barton will, and countless home schooled children will learn about Jefferson from a tome of misinformation.

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