We’ve all known for a long time that David Barton is a theocrat who thinks the Bible should determine the law of the land. In his Foundations of Freedom video series, he makes this explicit by saying that we can’t hold a vote to legalize abortion or homosexuality because it violates God’s “fixed moral law.”
In the latest episode, Barton and his co-host Rick Green asserted that both homosexuality and abortion violate the “laws of nature,” which Barton once again laughably claimed was directly incorporated into the Constitution through the Seventh Amendment. As such, Barton proclaimed, the Constitution explicitly prohibits the government or the people from ever enacting any law that violates God’s “fixed moral law.”
“You can’t have a majority vote on whether we’re going to have liberty or whether we’re going to have a right to defend yourself,” Barton said. “You can’t vote on inalienable rights that come from God. You also can’t vote on whether abortion is right or wrong or whether homosexuality is right or wrong; that’s a fixed moral law.”
And therefore what? The Bible is full of “fixed moral laws” that we do not enforce in this country because the Constitution forbids it and because it would violate those very inalienable rights he invokes so absurdly. The argument he makes is utterly moronic. As a syllogism it would look like this:
P: Our rights come from God.
P: God has this big list of rules he commands us to follow.
C: Therefore, our rights are limited solely to those things God has allowed us to do (according to his interpretation of the Bible, of course).