Robert O'Brien Nominee: David Barton. Again.

Even by Barton standards, this one is moronic.

“I’m sorry, your sexual choice is not a God-given right,” Barton said, “You’re talking about a choice and you’re talking about elevating a choice to an inalienable right, which is impossible, you can’t, not under the definition of American documents.”

Religion is a choice and that’s an inalienable right. Speaking, publishing newspapers and peaceably assembling are also choices — and all inalienable rights. As usual, Barton is completely wrong.

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About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Ace of Sevens

    Hell, not quartering soldiers is a choice. Aren’t all rights choices on some level? No one talks about the right to black, only the rights black people have. A right is inherently something that you can’t stop people from doing or can’t make them do.

  • Chiroptera

    If God gave us our rights, why do we have to fight so hard to preserve them from religious people?

  • Anteprepro

    Other choices: Voting, straight marriage, owning guns, remaining silent. All of which Barton apparently thinks are perfectly fine to have the government throw out the window, because they are choices. This man is brilliance personified, isn’t he?

  • athena

    @Chiroptera: Perfect!

  • skinner city cyclist

    The choice between stupidity and evil here is difficult to sort out…. I usually go for the default of stupidity, but the sheer volume of Barton’s lying makes me go with evil.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Any piece of paper with writing on it within US borders is an “American document.”

    Barton, have no doubt, possesses more than one such document making that claim, and probably saying other negative things about “choice” and the people who support it.

    Just imagine (but only if you are of legal age within your jurisdiction) what his documents say about Chris Rodda…

  • Danny Boy

    you’re talking about elevating a choice to an inalienable right, which is impossible, you can’t, not under the definition of American documents

    Wait, so Jefferson was wrong when he called liberty and the pursuit of happiness “inalienable rights”?

    Good to know.

  • Chuck C

    Chiroptera wins the internet for the day.

  • teawithbertrand

    Classic David Barton. He’s as stupid as he is dickish.

  • Taz

    Maybe Barton doesn’t think speaking is a choice – he never seems to shut up.

  • Zmidponk


    I’m sorry, your sexual choice is not a God-given right…

    If he were here, I would ask David Barton the same question I have heard posed to many, many, many of the folk who assert that sexuality is a choice, but have never heard a coherent answer to – when, precisely, did you choose to be heterosexual?

  • Gibbon

    As the great journalist Jon Stewart once said, “religion is far more of a choice than homosexuality.”