Pseudo-historian David Barton, a liar who gets away with it because he calls himself a Christian, said on the American Pastors Network’s “Stand In The Gap” radio show on Friday that white male Christians have fewer rights than everybody else.
Barton was talking about why Donald Trump‘s Immigration Ban would have been supported by the Founding Fathers because they always wanted immigrants to adopt the Judeo-Christian norms of America. That’s no longer the case, he said.
“Every item in the Bill of Rights is given to every individual, it’s not given to groups,” he said. “But today, the Supreme Court says the purpose of the Bill of Rights is to protect the minority from the majority. Now how stupid is that? Because I’m in the majority as a white guy, do I not get the right to a trial by jury, do I not get the right to free speech? No, because I’m in the wrong group. And so, what happens is even back in 1992, in a Supreme Court case I was involved with, the court at the time created classes of religions and if you’re in Christianity, that’s the biggest religion so we give you the least protection. But if [you’re] in a small religion, we’ll give you more protection than anyone else.”
That, as you may have guessed, is another lie. Believe it or not, white males still have a right to trial by jury and the freedom of speech. That’s why Barton gets to spew whatever bullshit he makes up.
The Supreme Court has never said the purpose of the Constitution is only to protect the minority from the majority. But we can’t forget that minorities, too, have rights. If the majority of people are doing or supporting something illegal, one person is all it takes to put a stop to it.
That doesn’t put white male Christians at a disadvantage. Barton is complaining because people like him are more likely to abuse the law than everyone else as a result of being in the majority, and therefore, they’re the subjects of more of those lawsuits.
When other groups of people — atheists, Muslims, etc. — ask the government to enforce religious neutrality, that doesn’t mean Christians get fewer rights. It means they’re brought back to the same level as everyone else, just as it should be.
Barton’s whining because he’s not getting special treatment. He still has the same rights as everyone else.
(via Right Wing Watch)