Glenn Beck did his best David Barton impersonation once again on his radio show, declaring that “thirty percent of everything in our founding documents comes from one book, the Book of Deuteronomy.” He can’t even keep the lies straight in his head anymore.
So what’s this all about? It’s about that infamous Donald Lutz study that has been lied about so blatantly by David Barton and other Christian right historical revisionists. Lutz’ study was of documents published during the founding era, not about “our founding documents.” 34% of the citations made in those published documents were to the Bible, not the book of Deuteronomy. And 75% of those Biblical citations came not from anything written or said by the founding fathers but from sermons that were republished as pamphlets, as was very common at the time. So what the study actually showed was that Christian sermons cite the Bible a lot. What a shock.
You can find all this information on an old post by Chris Rodda at Talk2Action.