David Barton’s hilariously idiotic attempts to find analogs between America’s founding and passages in the Bible continue. This time he’s claiming that the 4th of July celebrations are based on “Biblical precedent” because, golly gee, they celebrated things too! This is from his new Founder’s Bible, which Right Wing Watch is quoting:
Many of the claims we have heard from Barton before, but the book also to contain several new ones, such as the statement that Independence Day was based on Biblical precedent.
As Barton explains it:
The turning point for the independence of the Jews … was the Passover, when God, in a miraculous demonstration of power, struck down the firstborn of the Egyptians. Out of all the amazing things along Israel’s lengthy road to becoming an independent nation and people, God commanded them to remember that one particular event and to celebrate the anniversary of that one particular day every year thereafter (Exodus 13:10.) And not only were they to honor that day, but they were also to use it to teach the rising generation about what God had done in birthing their nation (Exodus 13:8.)
Barton then explains that some of the Founding Fathers “saw a correlation between the account in Exodus and the American experience,” prompting him to declare that “the Fourth of July is an annual day of celebration and remembrance like that in Exodus 13 – one of the many American practices with Biblical precedents.”
And he’s found a way to distort a Bible verse to turn it into the model for the 2nd amendment too:
Later in the same chapter, Barton declares that the Second Amendment is rooted in Exodus 22 which says that “if a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed” (though Barton conveniently edits out the rest of the line, which says “but if it happens after sunrise, the defender is guilty of bloodshed.”) For Barton, this is proof that “the Second Amendment’s ‘right to keep and bear arms’ is the constitutional embodiment of the Biblical right to self-defense found in Exodus 22 (and other passages) – another of the many American rights rooted in Biblical teachings.”
Seriously, if you invented a character on a TV show that made arguments this stupid, people would think you were exaggerating for comedic effect. But this guy doesn’t just exist, he’s a major power broker in the Republican party.