Verbatim?

June 08, 2012

Pseudo-historian David Barton not only has a poor record of historical interpretation, but he often outright misleads people. In fact, he has even admitted to using quotations about religion and government supposedly from U.S. founding fathers even though no evidence exist supporting the authenticity of those quotations (and most of his lies are about Thomas Jefferson's views on religion and politics). Recently, he made a whopper of a claim that is not only clearly wrong but also shows he does not seem to understand the words he uses. Barton was caught claiming passages of the U.S. Constitution were taken "verbatim" out of biblical passages. Here is one section he claimed and the not-so-verbatim biblical passage:

Article II: "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."
Deuteronomy 17:5: "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."
They both have some of the same words, like "a" and "the" and "you." Yet, the one is clearly not taken "verbatim" from the other. Here is another passage Barton claimed and the also not-so-verbatim biblical passage:
Article III, Section 3: "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. The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted. Ezekiel 18:20: "The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself."
Again, there are some same words used: "the" and "of" and "shall." Yet, again the is clearly not taken "verbatim" from the other. Apparently his understanding of English is nearly as bad as his understanding of U.S. history--although the latter has more serious consequences as politicians--including presidential hopefuls--praise him and seek his advice.

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