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Racism fears see author endorsed by Mike Huckabee and Glenn Beck dropped by publisher

DO you do what Mike Huckabee tells you to? When the former presidential candidate orchestrated a Chick-fil Appreciation Day, did you pop along to the fastfood outlet add help make it a  “record-breaking” business for freedom of expression? When Mike Huckbee told you to heed the words of David Barton, did you sit avidly before the great speaker of truth to power?

Michelle Goldberg writes:

At the Rediscovering God in America conference in 2011, Mike Huckabee gave an impassioned introduction to David Barton, the religious right’s favorite revisionist historian. “I almost wish that there would be something like a simultaneous telecast and all Americans would be forced, forced—at gunpoint, no less—to listen to every David Barton message,” he said. “And I think our country would be better for it.”

…In 2010, Glenn Beck called him called him ”the most important man in America right now.”…

But now, suddenly, Barton’s reputation is in freefall… Earlier this week, the evangelical World magazine published a piece about the growing number of conservative Christian scholars questioning his work. Then, on Thursday, Thomas Nelson, the world’s largest Christian publisher, recalled Barton’s most recent book, the bestselling The Jefferson Lies, saying it had “lost confidence in the book’s details.”

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Posted: 13th, August 2012 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment