Revisiting the Constitutional Convention This Summer

I was reminded by Thomas Kidd in his excellent article about Benjamin Franklin in yesterday's Wall Street Journal that the Constitutional Convention kicked off activities this month on May 14, 1787 and then really got down to business on May 25. In light of recent claims by David Barton that "every clause of the Constitution has an overarching Biblical theme to it. Because they understood the nature of man, the nature of God, the nature of government, and that all comes from a study of the Bible … [Read more...]

Does Article II of the Constitution Come from Deuteronomy 17:15?

Self-styled historian David Barton says it does. In a DVD (also on YouTube) called Constitutional Christian, Barton repeats a familiar claim that the Constitution is full of Bible verses (hat tip RWW). Watch:Barton specifically mentions Deuteronomy 17:15 which reads (NASV): you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses, one from among your countrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your countryman. The … [Read more...]

Today’s Lesson in White Privilege is Brought to You by David Barton

Yesterday, Right Wing Watch posted some audio of David Barton lamenting his status as white, Christian male. Want to understand white privilege? Today's lesson is brought to us by Mr. Barton. On the American Pastor's Network radio show, Barton said (audio posted by RWW): Every item in the Bill of Rights is given to every individual, it’s not given to groups, but today, the Supreme Court says the purpose of the Bill of Rights is to protect the minority from the majority. Now how stupid is that? B … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday to Thomas Jefferson – Share the Land

On April 13, 1743, Thomas Jefferson was born at Shadwell, Virginia. Over 270 years later, Jefferson is trending on Twitter. Many people want to claim Jefferson. Today, for instance, the Heritage Foundation has an article claiming that the Tea Party embodies Jefferson's legacy.Jefferson had many sides and wasn't perfectly consistent. The letter to James Madison below might be a surprise to many of Jefferson's conservative fans. Thomas Jefferson to James Madison28 Oct. 1785Papers … [Read more...]

Phil Robertson Uses Spurious James Madison Quote to Explain His Support for Ted Cruz

Today, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson used a spurious quote often attributed to James Madison to explain his support for Ted Cruz. Watch (see especially the segment starting at 1:30 into the clip)There is no such Madison quote about America being based on self-governance according to the 10 commandments. Even Ted Cruz's historian, David Barton, now labels that quote "unconfirmed." By all accounts, the quote cannot be found in any of Madison's writings or can't be traced to any … [Read more...]

David Barton Removes Claim About Chaplains at the University of Virginia in New Edition of The Jefferson Lies

In the 2012 edition of The Jefferson Lies, David Barton claimed to debunk the notion that the University of Virginia (founded by Jefferson) had no chaplains. He took up this as one of his major points as evidence that Jefferson established UVA as a "transdenominational" college. See below from the first edition of The Jefferson Lies: 4. Did the University of Virginia Have Chaplains?The modern claim that the University of Virginia had no chaplains is also easily disproved by original … [Read more...]