Check out my piece on David Barton, Thomas Jefferson, and the American Bible Society at The History News Network. Here is a taste:
In a video he released in May 2015, Barton is pictured in the Wallbuilders library among the thousands of early American documents that he has collected over the years. He holds up an American Bible Society certificate signed by John Jay. He also shows an original 1816 ABS Bible and a copy of the 1816 ABS constitution. As Barton speaks into the camera he discusses the career of Elias Boudinot, the ABS founder and a former President of the Continental Congress. His point cannot be missed. Many of the men responsible for the creation of the United States believed that the Bible should play an important role in American life.
Barton is right. The founders of the American Bible Society were an impressive bunch. But if these men were alive today they would be shocked, if not appalled, to learn that David Barton, the country’s most prominent defender of the Christian republic they hoped to construct, is now singing the praises of Thomas Jefferson. Boudinot, Jay, Cone, Day, and the other ABS builders of a Christian America (we can also add Francis Scott Key and John Quincy Adams, and John Marshall to that group) were engaged in an early 19th-century culture war for the soul of the new nation against a group of skeptical intellectuals that embraced and promoted a secular vision of America’s future.
Read the rest here.
Here is the video I mention in the piece: