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Farah: The Bible justifies birtherism

Farah: The Bible justifies birtherism November 16, 2011

Joseph Farah continues his cavalcade of crazy in a column that cites the Bible as a reason to continue his ridiculous obsession with Obama’s birth certificate. And he adds in a little Christian Nation revisionism along the way too.

America’s founders were steeped in the study of the Bible, and it had a great influence on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They had their worldly and common-sense reasons for requiring presidents and vice presidents to be “natural born citizens,” but I suspect they were also influenced by biblical commands as well.

Like so much of their wisdom, the notion of a foreigner, or someone under the influence of a foreign nation, taking the helm of the presidency was an anathema to them because of a biblical injunction against it for the nation that served, in many respects, as a model for their great experiment in self-government – the nation of Israel.

Israel, too, had an eligibility test for its kings.

You can find it in Deuteronomy 17:15:

“Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.”

It seems God commanded Israel to choose kings from among the “brethren,” and not a “stranger,” or foreigner.

I have no doubts this verse was an inspiration for Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution as drafted and ratified by the framers.

Then by all means, present some evidence for that influence. You might start with the Federalist Papers, which were written by Hamilton, Madison and Jay to explain and defend each provision of the new constitution. Numbers 2-5 dealt with the dangers of foreign influence; numbers 67-77 all deal with the president and the executive branch. Not one of them mentions the Bible as a source for any such requirement.


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