… and guess what they found?
I hope you’re sitting down for this.
It turns out David Barton just pulls a lot of stuff out of his ass.
(But they said it more NPR-ly.)
Here’s one example where Barton says the Constitution was taken “verbatim” from Scripture:
NPR’s Elise Hu and Barbara Bradley Hagerty beg to differ:
Barton says here that it’s “absolutely no surprise that so many clauses in the Constitution are literal, direct quotations out of the Bible” and that “A Republican form of government’ … came directly out of Exodus 18:21, Deuteronomy 1:16, Deuteronomy 16:18.” But we could not find a single instance of the Constitution directly quoting the Bible. In Exodus 18:21, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, tells Moses to find judges to help him hear disputes brought by people. Elsewhere, Moses appoints judges, not lawmakers.