Mike Huckabee once said that he wished that every American could be forced to listen to the message of radical Christian nationalist "historian," David Barton, whose bizarre and inaccurate revisionist history of the US includes the myth that the Founders were fundamentalist Christians (Enlightenment? What Englightenmen!) who sought to create a country based on biblical principals. (And did ya know that they opposed the teaching of evolution and that the Revolution was all about ending slavery?). He has been denounced by reality based historians for years but his reputation is now even further sullied - but ya probably won't hear anything about it from Mike Huckabee!
Not only has Barton, who has an undergrad degree from Oral Roberts and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Pensacola Christian College, been criticized by his fellow Christian conservatives but now, his book, "The Jefferson Lies," has been pulled by Thomas Nelson, the world's largest Christian publisher. (You know it's got to be bad when this publisher has no problem with books by John Hagee and Michael Savage.) Barton's book, which whitewashes Jefferson's racism, was even protested by some Cincinnati evangelical pastors (both black and white) who threatened to boycott Nelson. Basically, as noted in a book which counters Barton's claims, the book is full of historical shit. The Daily Beast has a good summary.
It’s so easy to research and debunk barton. It’s like you said, people who support barton are the idiots who don’t bother to do the research and instead choose to believe his bullshit.
barton says he has an underground vault with papers and documents that the founding fathers wrote and anyone who doesn’t swallow his bullshit is just jealous that they don’t possess the documents he has. I can make that same claim, not let anyone else see the documents and then tell people that they just need to trust me. But, I was raised to be honest. barton doesn’t seem to have been raised the same way.