I'm not sure what EclecticLibertarian is upset about. I have read most of David Barton's work on the founding fathers and found it both interesting and accurate. His work is completely footnoted whereas the great NY Times author who castigated Thomas Jefferson had no footnotes in his work. it was all his own opinion. I don't know what David Barton's religious teachings entail but as far as the Founding Fathers are concerned he seems to be an excellent source. Perhaps EclecticLibertarian is upset about Thomas Jefferson. If so there are some excellent excerpts from general authorities on the subject including having their work done and accepted in the St. George Temple in 1877. See below:
The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, p.vii
1877—January 1: Offers a dedicatory prayer and is appointed to preside over the St. George Temple. August 21: Is baptized for the signers of the American Declaration of Independence, St. George Temple.
Spencer W. Kimball, Faith Precedes the Miracle, p.44 - p.45
Another revelation of great import to Latter-day Saints was the appearance of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and Presidents of the United States to President Wilford Woodruff in the St. George Temple. President Woodruff later reported in general conference, on April 10, 1898:
I am going to bear my testimony to this assembly, if I never do it again in my life, that those men who laid the foundation of this American Government and signed the Declaration of Independence were the best spirits the God of Heaven could find on the face of the earth. They were choice spirits, not wicked men. George Washington and all the men that labored for the purpose were inspired of the Lord. Another thing I am going to say here, because I have a right to say it. Every one of those men that signed the Declaration of Independence with General Washington called upon me, as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the Temple at St. George two consecutive nights, and demanded at my hands that I should go forth and attend to the ordinances of the house of God for them. Men are here, I believe, that know of this—Brothers J. D. T. McAllister, David H. Cannon and James C. Bleak. Brother McAllister baptized me for all these men, and I then told these brethren that it was their duty to go into the Temple and labor until they got endowments for all of them. They did it. Would those spirits have called upon me, as an Elder in Israel, to perform that work if they had not been noble spirits before God? They would not. I bear this testimony because it is true. The spirit of God bore record to myself and the brethren while we were laboring in that way. (Temples of the Most High, p. 87.)
Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.604
The temple work for the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence and other Founding Fathers has been done. All these appeared to Wilford Woodruff when he was president of the St. George Temple. President George Washington was ordained a high priest at that time. You will also be interested to know that, according to Wilford Woodruff's journal, John Wesley, Benjamin Franklin, and Christopher Columbus were also ordained high priests at that time. When one casts doubt about the character of these noble sons of God, I believe he or she will have to answer to the God of heaven for it. Yes, with Lincoln I say: "To add brightness to the sun or glory to the name of Washington is . . . impossible. Let none attempt it. In solemn awe pronounce the name and in its deathless splendor, leave it shining on." (This Nation Shall Endure, p. 18.)
Collected Discourses, Vol.3, Appendix
Aug 21, 1877 -- I[,] Wilford Woodruff went to the Temple of the Lord this morning and was Baptized for 100 persons who were dead including the signers of the Declaration of Independence all except John Hancock and [William Floyd]. I was Baptized for the following names:[Graphic:Footnote,Bitmap]
Deceased Endowment Proxy Ordained by
Thomas Jefferson [VA] Aug. 23, 1877 Lorenzo Brown William Fawcett
[3rd US Pres.]
Benjamin Franklin [PA] Aug. 23, 1877 Moses Martin Sanders WilfordWoodruff
George Washington Aug. 22, 1877 Daniel Thompson McAllister Wilford Woodruff
[1st US President]
[4th US Pres.] Aug. 22, 1877 John Lyman Smith William Fawcett
[5th US Pres.] Aug. 22, 1877 Henry Eyring Wilford Woodruff
John Quincy Adams
[6th US Pres.] Aug. 22, 1877 William Fawcett Wilford Woodruff
[13th US Pres.] Aug. 23, 1877 John D. Thompson McAllister Wilford Woodruff
[17th US Pres.] Aug. 23, 1877 Adolphus Rema Whitehead Wilford Woodruff
Collected Discourses, Vol.3, Appendix, Wilford Woodruff, December 13, 18931. All information regarding the proxy work taken from the St. George Temple records (St. George Baptismal record, Book E, 17 July 1877 - 20 November 1877; Endowment Books A-C, 11 January 1877 - 12 September 1878.
Also: Wilford Woodruff Journals Vol. 13, p 68 (Mar 19, 1894) "I had a dream in the night. I met with Benjamin Franklin. I thought he was on the earth. I spent several hours with him and talked over our endowments. He wanted some more work done for him than had been done, which I promise him he should have. I thought that he died while waiting for burial I awoke. I thought very strange of my dream. I made up my mind to get 2nd Anointing for Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.