David Barton, who is described by Right Wing Watch as a “religious-right pseudo-historian,” has a son who’s apparently trying to match his father’s insanely ignorant takes.
Meet Tim Barton, who recently appeared on his father’s network to claim that the Founding Fathers used the Bible as a blueprint for the Constitution.
“The Founding Fathers referenced very specific verses as the reason why they were doing what they did,” Barton said.
“George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Adams all wrote the reason we needed separate powers, they said, [was] because the heart of man is wicked and deceitful and can’t be trusted,” he continued.
As Right Wing Watch points out, the phrase Barton is referencing comes from Jeremiah 17:9, which he says the Founders “literally quoted and referenced” in the Constitution “as the reason we had to have a separation of powers because they knew that the word of God taught was true.”
“There’s actually dozens of examples from scripture that the Founding Fathers literally quoted the Bible for what they did,” Barton said. “And actually, if you read the Constitution and then you read the Bible, you will find phrases that are almost verbatim from the Bible in the Constitution.”
Watch the video below, via Right Wing Watch:
Tim Barton, son of religious-right pseudo-historian David Barton, is set to take over for his father in spreading false claims like the idea that the Constitution is filled with "phrases that are almost verbatim from the Bible." (It's not) https://t.co/Od17KRee2N pic.twitter.com/K49pY9hvy5
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