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An evangelical Christian historian who has contributed to the development of Texas social studies curriculum has seen his book on Thomas Jefferson dropped by its publishing company, according to the Christian news publication The World.

David Barton – whom Time Magazine once named one of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America – has drawn controversy for his belief that the United States was founded on Christian biblical principles. It’s a perspective he promotes from his Aledo, Texas-based organization WallBuilders.

Barton’s most recent book,The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson, will no longer be published or distributed by Thomas Nelson publishing after the company received “a number” of complaints about its accuracy. Barton debated the book in May with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.

Photo by Caleb Bryant Miller, Texas Tribune

Senate Democrats may have ousted avowed creationist Gail Lowe as chairperson of the State Board of Education, but the move will do little to reduce the influence of social conservatives on the elected 15 member board.

Democrats control twelve of the 31 seats in the Texas Senate, but only eleven votes are needed to block a nomination. And all twelve Democrats were unwilling to confirm Lowe.