Last weekend, David Barton was at Fellowship Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan, about an hour from where I live. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it down there, but Right Wing Watch has some of the transcript of Barton telling the same old lies. Like his claim that the Constitution contains “direct quotations” from the Bible.
And if you know the Bible and you know and read the Constitution, you will see Bible verses and Bible phrases all over the Constitution. It quotes Bible phrases everywhere. People today say ‘oh, it’s a godless Constitution, it’s a secular document.’ If somebody tells me it’s a secular document, I know that they’re biblically illiterate. They don’t recognize a Bible verse when they see one because the Constitution is loaded up with direct quotations out of the Bible.
This is a lie, of course. Every example he has ever offered was not only not a “direct quotation” but was an absurd interpretation of both the Bible and the Constitution in a ridiculous attempt to make them sound like they vaguely mean the same thing. But his audience was undoubtedly too ignorant and delusional to know that. Then he repeated his new lie about the Supreme Court allegedly claiming that reading the Bible causes “brain damage.”
[In 1963] the Supreme Court said no more Bible in schools. Now why would they do that? We have 320 years, literally, of the Bible in school; the Supreme Court itself said this is without any historical precedent. There is no historical precedent in our history for not having the Bible in schools, but it’s time to take it out. Why would they take it out?Well, the Court explained why they would take it out. As a matter of fact, they called on the testimony of a psychologist – they didn’t have any historical precedent, they didn’t have any legal precedent, but Dr. Solomon Grayzel told them what was going to happen if kids read the Bible in schools and they said ‘that’s what we thought.’ And so here’s the quote the Supreme Court pointed out in its decision on why we took the Bible out of schools; they said ‘if portions of the New Testament were read without explanation, they could be, and had been, psychologically harmful to the child.’
We’ve now discovered the Bible causes brain damage; we can’t let you kids suffer brain damage, we’ve got to stop the brain damage. That’s the reason given by the Supreme Court on why the Bible went out of schools; it was psychological harm to children.
Every part of this is a lie. The Supreme Court did not base their decision on this, it was one minor piece of testimony from the trial court that was not cited in the ruling in support of the conclusion. And Grayzel did not say anything about “brain damage,” nor did he say that the mere act of reading the Bible caused any such thing. What he did say, quite reasonably, was that reading the Bible in school creates an atmosphere for non-Christian kids that can cause mistreatment, ostracizing and emotional problems.
Barton would rather fly all the way to Michigan to tell lies rather than stand in place and tell the truth.