When it was learned yesterday that the Thomas Nelson Publishing Company decided to pull and no longer distribute Texas evangelist David Barton's book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson, saying it has “lost confidence in the book’s details," news of the announcement exploded throughout the Internet. The claims in the book have been criticized by historians, conservative Christians and liberals.
A few hours ago, Barton published a statement on his WallBuilders Facebook fan page:
The announcement that Thomas Nelson has pulled The Jefferson Lies because it has "lost confidence" in the work has become national news. However, while Thomas Nelson may have "lost confidence" in the work, others have not and thus the book has already been picked up by a much larger national publisher and distributor. Even at the time Nelson dropped the work, they admitted that it was still selling very well.
As is the case with all of our published items, we go above and beyond with original source documentation so that people can be thoroughly confident when they see the truth of history for themselves. We find it regrettable that Thomas Nelson never contacted us with even one specific area of concern before curtly notifying us they had dropped the work. Had they done so, we would have been happy to provide them with the thorough and extensive historical documentation for any question or issue they raised; they never asked. The Jefferson Lies has not been pulled from publication and it will continue to sell nationally.
Barton did not say who the new publishing company is. Fans are rallying behind him, suggesting that Thomas Nelson' Publishing Companys decision was weak, influenced by liberals attempting to bar the truth, and that in Jesus' name, the controversy will create more book sales.
"I just wish your work was a required course in public schools," one fan commented.
"The liberals are hitting below the belt again," opined another. "I bought The Jefferson Lies because I am sick of godless, liberal historians twisting the truth of our great nation."
One suggested that former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee should start a Jefferson Appreciation Day, in the spirit of Huckabee's "Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day" that resulted in record-breaking sales for the fast food restaurant when Christians flooded its chains to show support for the CEO's stance against marriage equality.
"Out [sic-our] nation has become so against anything Christian that the world has turned upside down," remarked another fan. "They criticize Christian athletes, too. You would think they would be after the ones who set a bad moral example. I am ready for the return of Jesus!"