David Barton: Liar or Biblically Illiterate?

David Barton: Liar or Biblically Illiterate? September 14, 2012

David Barton continues to make the monumentally dishonest argument that many provisions of the Constitution were “direct quotations right out of Bible verses.” And he adds a couple of new Bible verses that not only aren’t directly quoted in the Constitution, they aren’t even distantly related to anything found in it.

If you will take the Constitution in one hand and read its language and take a Bible in the other hand and read it, you’ll say “wow, that’s a direct quotation out of a Bible verse.” Yeah, exactly. If you’ll look through the Constitution, you’ll find so many direct quotations right out of Bible verses because that’s what they put in the document.

Now today we’re often told, on no, the Constitution is a secular document, it’s a godless document. When people tell me that, I know that they’re biblically illiterate, they don’t recognize Bible verses. If you read the content of that and you know the Bible, you’ll say “hey, that’s a direct quote out of Ezra 7:24 and there it is out of Deuteronomy 17:5.” It’s just throughout the Constitution.

Okay, let’s take a look. Here’s what Ezra 7:24 says:

You are also to know that you have no authority to impose taxes, tribute or duty on any of the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, temple servants or other workers at this house of God.

He thinks this is the source for not taxing churches. But guess what? The Constitution says nothing at all on that subject. Nothing. It gives Congress the power to tax, but it says nothing about taxing or not taxing churches.

And here’s Deuteronomy 17:5:

take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death.

And the part of the constitution that quotes this verse verbatim would be….? I’ll wait.

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