by Matthew Sitman
Recently, the Dish noted that David Barton's The Jefferson Lies garnered the History News Network's title of "least credible history book in print." Well, it's in print no more. Its publisher, Thomas Nelson, is pulling it off of shelves, claiming that "basic truths just were not there." NPR's new profile of the Christianist hack seems to vindicate that decision:
For example, you've been taught the Constitution is a secular document. Not so, says Barton: The Constitution is laced with biblical quotations.
"You look at Article 3, Section 1, the treason clause," he told James Robison on Trinity Broadcast Network. "Direct quote out of the Bible. You look at Article 2, the quote on the president has to be a native born? That is Deuteronomy 17:15, verbatim. I mean, it drives the secularists nuts because the Bible's all over it! Now we as Christians don't tend to recognize that. We think it's a secular document; we've bought into their lies. It's not."
We looked up every citation Barton said was from the Bible, but not one of them checked out. Moreover, the Constitution as written in 1787 has no mention of God or religion except to prohibit a religious test for office. The First Amendment does address religion.
If you are feeling especially masochistic, check out the cringe-inducing videos of Barton that NPR compiled here.