Barton Doesn’t Know What ‘Verbatim’ Means

Barton Doesn’t Know What ‘Verbatim’ Means April 12, 2012

David Barton’s latest lie is that the U.S. Constitution quotes the Bible “verbatim” in at least two provisions, the Treason Clause (he says it’s Article 3, Section 1, but it’s really section 3) and the requirement in Article 2 that the president be a natural born citizen. Here’s the video:


Here’s the Treason Clause:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

A verbatim quote from the Bible? Good luck finding that. Here’s the Article 1 provision:

No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President.

And the verse he says this quotes “verbatim”:

You shall surely set him king over you, whom the LORD your God shall choose: one from among your brethren shall you set king over you: you may not set a stranger over you, who is not your brother.

So let’s see. The Constitution, which eliminates kings entirely and gives the people the ability to elect the president, is quoting “verbatim” a verse that involves God telling you who the king should be. You keep using that word; I do not think it means what you think it means.

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