David Barton’s near perfect record of being absolutely irrational continues. On a recent radio show, not only did he declare that the Liberty University law school was one of the best law schools in the country (reality: it’s one of the lowest ranked by every measure), he also said that people are poor because they don’t read the Bible enough:
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.
In fact, there is a clear correlation between poverty and religious belief, not only in the United States but around the world. The poor are more likely to believe in God than the non-poor, for fairly obvious reasons.