Pseudo-historian and Christian Nation Advocate Extraordinaire, David Barton, has been caught in a lie. A bold faced lie to be exact. As a man who prides himself on knowing the "true" history of the American founding, Barton's latest historical faux pas is so blatantly false that it either reveals Barton's woeful ignorance of how to conduct basic historical research, or that he is a flat-out liar. The following is Barton's latest offense:
I know that many of us have seen the "Prayer at Valley Forge" painting and probably find it very inspiring. And to the citizen who may not be as familiar with American history, I don't blame them for accepting the painting at face value as historical fact. But for David Barton to do so is unacceptable, and even worse, to preach it as fact is downright shameful. I have actually blogged about the history of the "Prayer at Valley Forge" in the past, so I won't rehearse the history here. The bottom line is this: the story of the "Prayer at Valley Forge" is a myth that anyone with half a brain could recognize. For a "historian" like David Barton to not recognize this reality (or to simply not give a damn about the truth since he knows his audience won't investigate the matter) is reprehensible.
I have tried to be patient with David Barton. I have even given him the benefit of the doubt on many occasions. He has ZERO training as a historian and it shows. I have justified his ilk by pointing to his desire to link his Christian faith with American history. It's a flawed but honest endeavor. But this recent lie (and yes, I am accusing David Barton of lying) is so in-your-face that I think it has become obvious that Barton no longer cares about finding the truth. Barton is hell-bent on proving his agenda, and he won't allow TRUE history to get in his way. As a result, I believe it is now time to declare an intellectual jihad on David Barton. To borrow from the words of historian John Fea (one of my favorite bloggers), "Is it time to gather Christian historians together to sign some kind of formal
statement condemning Barton's brand of propaganda and hagiography?" Hell yes it is time, Dr. Fea. I hope the historical community will brand this man as the fraud he is...the sooner the better!!!