David Barton lies. A lot. He does it professionally and he does it audaciously. But I would argue that his single biggest lie, which he repeats constantly, is that you’ll find “almost verbatim wording in many clauses of the Constitution to passages in the Bible.” He repeated it yet again last week and cited the infamous Lutz study to support it:
Barton also claims that whenever the Founding Fathers cited the works of “atheist writer” David Hume, they did so only to “show how ridiculous his ideas were,” which he says shows that the Constitution “came primarily from three Enlightenment writers that were Christian Enlightenment guys, [whereas] the first time a secular Enlightenment guy [Hume] was cited, [it] was just to beat up on his bad ideas.”That is why, Barton states, so much of the language in the Constitution bears a “one-to-one correlation” to the Bible.
“You’ll find almost verbatim wording in many clauses of the Constitution to passages in the Bible,” Barton said. “It’s a one-to-one correlation on the wording.”
Barton says that those who can’t see this obvious “one-to-one correlation” clearly “haven’t even read the Constitution and if you have, you haven’t read the Bible, otherwise you would see the language that makes it from the Bible into the Constitution.”
I have debunked his claims about the Lutz study again and again. He’s lying about what it says. Shocker! When challenged to actually cite passages in the Bible and point to the “almost verbatim” language in the Constitution, he can’t do it, of course. Because he’s lying. And he counts on his followers being ignorant enough, about both the Bible and the Constitution, not to catch him at it. And so far, he’s been proven right in that confidence.