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Speaking of embarrassing corrections …

August 16, 2012, 2:25 pm

The publisher of David Barton’s book The Jefferson Lies (without the definite article it would be a perfectly valid thesis) has pulled it.

“Mr. Barton is presenting a Jefferson that modern-day evangelicals could love and identify with,” Warren Throckmorton, a professor at the evangelical Grove City College, told Hagerty. “The problem with that is, it’s not a whole Jefferson; it’s not getting him right.”

The linked article goes on to say, “The book’s publisher came to the same conclusion” – after, of course, publishing and selling a bunch of copies.

What kinds of claims did Barton make?

Barton calls Jefferson a “conventional Christian,” claims the founding father started church services at the Capitol, and even though he owned more than 200 slaves, says Jefferson was a civil rights visionary.

Sometimes the things you learned in school are true, you know. Thomas Jefferson was a racist master of liberal rhetoric, and at best a deist. Also an incredibly unscrupulous movie star.

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