On Welfare? You’re Probably Not Reading The Bible Enough

We’ve talked about David Barton before.  He’s a revisionist “historian” who doesn’t believe in the separation of church and state.

I knew you couldn't forget this winning smile!

Let’s gather ’round and hear what insanity he is rambling about this week!

Wouldn’t it be interesting to do a study between those that are on welfare and see how much and how often they read the Bible. You know, if Booker T. Washington is right that Christianity and reading the Bible increases your desires and therefore your ability for hard work; if we take that as an axiom, does that mean that the people who are getting government assistance spend nearly no time in the Bible, therefore have no desire, and therefore no ability for hard work? I could go a lot of places with this. I would love to see this proven out in some kind of sociological study, but it makes perfect sense.

Of course it does.  Perfect sense!  Being on welfare has nothing to do with being down on your luck… or under-educated… or a victim of a tough economy… or mental illness or instability… or a physical malady that does not allow you to work. It’s ’cause you ain’t gettin’ to church!  You all would know that, too, if you went to Liberty University, which Barton recently praised as one of the “top schools in the nation” (MP3):

(HINT HINT: It’s not)

Addictinginfo.org refutes his nonsense cleanly by citing a Gallup poll showing that the more religious states tend to use more money for welfare costs:

On average, for every $1.00 that blue states receive, red states take $1.16. That may not sound like a lot but that adds up to millions more in federal aid going to conservative states.

So studying the Scriptures actually has a negative correlation with — as Barton puts it — “your desire and therefore your ability for hard work.”

But we all know correlation isn’t causation.  I don’t think that how much someone reads the Bible has any impact on their ability to get out there and pound the pavement.

What I do think is that Barton is a self-impressed nitwit who wouldn’t understand a sociological study if it booped him on his nose.

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