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Published: Monday, Aug. 13 2012 10:03 a.m. MDT

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Craigular
Lehi, UT

Here's an indicator that the contents of the book are true. Books of lies don't go unpublished; those "yanked" usually tell the truth, though painful to some.

JP
Chandler, AZ

The book was a best seller. The publisher was raking in money from it. The criticism gave it added exposure and helped increase sales. Sadly for the publisher, their own review of the "facts" in the book showed that they were anything but, as did a review from professors at a conservative Christian college. In order to preserve their reputation, the publisher had no choice but to pull the book.

louie
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Some times "made up" history is more fun to read.

the truth
Holladay, UT

re: louie

Read the article,

This is merely a disagreement between the opinions of historians. With the publisher bending to the opinion of one historian who is only looking at the last fifteen years of Jefferson's life and not his life entire like Barton was doing.

We may may never know what Jefferson really thought without Jefferson himself telling us.

What I would more concerned with is the left, liberals/progressives, who are rewriting history and even eradicating history they do not like,

leaving our children with little or even incorrect knowledge of our founders and of our early history and even later history of our country.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Craigular: Interesting reasoning. You do realize The Bible is the most widely published book of all time, right?

@ the truth: If you read the two books at the heart of the controversy, you will find that one book - Getting Jefferson Right - has a lot more substantiated back-up for the claims made than the other book has. You will also find that instead of using facts to argue against his critics, the author of The Jefferson Lies resorts to ad hominem attacks.

It may be a difference of "opinion" - but one set of historians has a lot more facts backing their opinions than the other historian has.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Barton has an agenda to distort history forcing it into a narrow "Christian" mold.

Why is it that Christians, who supposedly worship "The God of Truth" have to lie so much?

Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

Kalindra no the other authors do not have facts, they have more noted suppositions and ascribe interpretations of the facts. Further, errors in historical volumes are common. What is uncommon is publisher censorship, which is what has happened here. RanchHand and your supposition is that the other "historians" do not have an agenda?

DHan
Syracuse, UT

Jefferson had many great qualities, and I admire him as a man. The fact of the matter is, though, that he was not really a Christian. Our Founding Fathers don't all fit the same mold.

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