David Barton’s book The Jefferson Lies has been pulled from the shelves by the publisher. Apparently, and this is the irony, because it’s full of lies.
For those unaware, David Barton is a Christian Evangelical deeply concerned with “Revisionist History”. He maintains the Founding Fathers intended for The United States to be a Christian Nation™, and has been publishing ‘proof’ to back up his claims.
David Barton is not actually a Historian by the way, he has a degree in “Christian Education” from Oral Roberts University and works with the Texas GOP.
I think the most terrifying part about all of this is that the book was a New York Times bestseller.
Meet Allan Benett
Allan Bennett (born Charles Henry Allan Bennett) later known as Bhikkhu Ananda Metteyya. Allan Bennett is credited as being on the the first Westerners to accept ordination as a Buddhist monk.
Allan Bennett was ordained around 1900/1901 in Sri Lanka in the Theravada tradition. Bennett published several books, and was also well versed in Hatha Yoga. Bennett is cited as one of the first formal introductions to Yoga and Buddhism in the West, particularly in the English speaking world. He was a very important step in the evolution and growth of Buddhism in the West.
Bennett was not only a contemporary, but a close friend of Aleister Crowley for many years.
Be careful on his Wikipedia page, it’s glaringly obvious that his page is in no way impartial. Can the significance of his contribution be accurately assessed? No, but he was one of the first, and one of note; and for that distinction we thank him for his contribution to Western Buddhism.