Barton: Churches Will Now be Forced to Hire Pedophiles for Day Care

David Barton took a break from lying about American history for a few moments so he could lie about current events instead. On a radio show, he claimed that the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning bans on same-sex marriage means that churches must now hire pedophiles to run their day care centers.

“The Supreme Court said gender cannot be used as a basis of why you do things,” Barton said, “what you use is sexual identity. At this point, there are 82 distinct sexual identities … so whatever I identify myself as this morning, you now have legal standing for that. So what you’ve seen is, we used to have bathrooms based on gender, but you can’t identify gender so now you have to do no genders. So we’ve already seen in Utah that a number of guys have signed up and moved into the girl’s dorms and you can’t stop that because you can’t base it on gender any more. Well, guess what that’s going to mean for sports teams, guess what that’s going to mean for bathrooms all across the country, guess what that’s going to mean for all sorts of stuff.”

“And then, Congress has passed what’s called ENDA, Employment Non-Discrimination Act,” he continued, “passed this in ’06 under [Nancy] Pelosi and [Harry] Reid and at that point in time, it says you cannot discriminate on the basis of hiring. As a result, the president has now announced that faith based groups have to hire homosexuals; not an option, you have to because federal law says you cannot discriminate on the basis of identity. So if a pedophile comes to the church and says, ‘I want to run your nursery,’ you can’t say no because that’s discriminating on the basis of identity. If a homosexual comes and says, ‘I want to be your youth director’ and you say no, you can’t do that, you can’t distinguish on the basis of gender.”

This is the mother of all bullshit. Every single thing he said is a lie. First of all, the ENDA did not pass and is not law. Sexual orientation is not a banned basis for discrimination at the federal level and never has been. And no, pedophilia is not a sexual orientation in this context, nor could it ever be. And even if it was, the notion that one would be forced to hire a pedophile to watch children is so ludicrous that one wonders how his pants did not literally catch on fire when he said it. Virtually everything Barton says is a lie.

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  • StevoR

    Don’t a lot of Churches already have pedophiles teaching Sunday school classes and leading prayers as priests?

    See the last decades and well, centuries of Christian child sex abuses scandals pretty much everywhere.

  • raven

    Don’t a lot of Churches already have pedophiles teaching Sunday school classes and leading prayers as priests?

    Sure.

    Youth Pastor = Pedophile.

    This is common enough to be a joke among xians and former xians. I’m certain that not all youth pastors are pedophiles. But a common headline is “Youth Pastor sentenced for sex with underaged _____.

    One example of too many from Google.

    Former Vincennes Youth Pastor Sentenced To 20 Years …

    ww. wbiw.com/…/former-vincennes-youth-pastor-sentenced-to-…

    Jun 24, 2015 – Former Vincennes Youth Pastor Sentenced To 20 Years … Hampsch admitted to having sexual relations with an underage female in Knox …

  • John Pieret

    Warren Throckmorton goes after Barton’s Bullshit (might be a good name for a blog focusing on Barton’s pronouncements) in some greater detail:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/07/23/david-barton-churches-are-required-to-hire-pedophiles-to-run-church-nurseries/

  • dingojack

    What, are Pastors and Priests looking for legal loopholes to access new victims for ‘grooming’, now?

    :( Dingo

  • skinnercitycyclist

    “And even if it was, the notion that one would be forced to hire a pedophile to watch children is so ludicrous that one wonders how his pants did not literally catch on fire when he said it.”

    Yeah, pants catching fire due to that and all the other intellectual butt-burps he lets out on a daily basis.

  • sugarfrosted

    @1, @2, @4. I wasn’t going to say anything related to that because Barton made it too easy.

  • magistramarla

    Wow – I thought that the freak-outs over co-ed dorms ended in the ’70s.

    I lived in a co-ed dorm in a Catholic university in the mid 70’s.

    Also, we encountered co-ed bathrooms in Europe recently, and found them rather fun.

    I once was having a nice conversation with a young man as we washed our hands at the sinks while waiting for my hubby to emerge from his bathroom stall.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Don’t a lot of Churches already have pedophiles teaching Sunday school classes and leading prayers as priests?

    Oh sure, but only since Pelosi and Reid legalized it back in ’06 and the president at that time (whose name I forget) wasn’t in a position to veto it, even though the GOP controlled the Senate under Bill Frist.

  • lorn

    Pretty much all lies, half-truths, misconceptions, misstatements, pieces taken out of context, and/or snippets inapplicable to the case. But here is one bit that caught my eye:

    “At this point, there are 82 distinct sexual identities …”

    It seems odd. Something as fluid as sexual identity having “distinct” categories, and exactly 82 of them. He didn’t say ‘around 80’ or ‘more than 80’. He said 82 as if this was chiseled in stone. Where did that come from? Is there an official list somewhere? Where can I find a copy?

  • kaelik

    “Sexual orientation is not a banned basis for discrimination at the federal level and never has been.”

    Actually Ed, this statement is now FALSE! The EEOC, the federal organization who enforces employment discrimination laws, ruled last week that discrimination based on sexual orientation IS discrimination based on gender. Since firing a man for not being “manly” enough counts as “discrimination based on gender stereotypes” and has been specifically ruled as such by the Supreme Court, the EEOC ruled that discrimination based on sexual orientation is discrimination based on gender stereotypes.

  • dogmeat

    Oh sure, but only since Pelosi and Reid legalized it back in ’06 and the president at that time (whose name I forget) wasn’t in a position to veto it, even though the GOP controlled the Senate under Bill Frist.

    It even has another level of lie. The Democrats didn’t gain control of Congress until January 2007. so the 2006 non-passage of ENDA wouldn’t have been passed by Reid and Pelosi given they weren’t the majority leadership in either house. Of course what we actually have is twenty years of the bill dying in one house or the other.

  • sezme

    lorn @9

    Facebook has 56 identities. I thought it was 82. Maybe it was some other social networking site? Ask Prof. Google.

  • dingojack

    Wait now. Heinz makes a 82 bean variety?

    Dingo

  • azpaul3

    I’m not sure what the problem is here. All we have to do is read Ed’s next post and this perceived problem takes care of itself.

    You can’t have a pedophile running your church daycare center if you don’t have a church daycare center because you no longer have a church.

    Don’t these crazies ever read each others’ work?

  • lordshipmayhem

    So they’ll be forced to, rather than voluntarily, like they do now?

    Bullshit meter just exploded again. Damn, I hate the smell of frying circuitry.

  • caseloweraz

    Yes, the notion that there are “82 distinct sexual identities” is ludicrous except in the humorous sense that every person has a distinct sexual identity. In that sense it is true that there are 82 sexual identities inasmuch as 8 billion (or whatever the human population may be at this moment) includes 82.

    The number of distinct categories is more than four but nowhere near as many as 82. On the other hand, by describing sexual identity as multiple spectra of characteristics it’s possible to assign as high a number as desired — like “Alexis” does in this Yahoo Answer: “Sexual orientation exists as a coordinate position on a planar spectrum of biaxial continua. There are 9604 distinct sexual orientations, meaning positions on the spectrum. These nearly ten-thousand different orientations are divided into four major categories: heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, and asexuality.”

    Nine thousand six hundred and four — and they can all dance on the head of the same pin.

  • Azkyroth, B*Cos[F(u)]==Y

    Well, why should the Cat Lickers have a monopoly?