David Barton, the self-proclaimed historian and fundie water carrier, is the gift that just keeps on giving. He has a history of his own of just making stuff up to fit his agenda. That being, whatever the Bible says. According to him, anyway. One of the things he thinks the Bible says is that there will never be a cure for AIDS because God is punishing gays. He doesn’t address the many heterosexuals who have been infected with HIV. They’re just collateral damage, I guess. Mighty Christian of him, no?
One of Barton’s go-to subjects is the Constitution. His interpretation of that document is bizarre, to say the least. He thinks that its treason provision is a direct quote from Ezekiel 18:20. He says that God created the concept of elections as noted in Exodus 18:13-26. The Founding Fathers, Barton claims, were against the teaching of evolution in schools. And much more nonsense.
On Tuesday night, Barton was a featured speaker at an event sponsored by Focus on the Family, the Prayer Rally For America’s Future. Because he’s so knowledgeable about its past (I’m told if I roll my eyes again, I’ll go blind so just assume it). During his speech, Barton asserted that the Seventh Amendment bans abortion. Because the Founding Fathers wanted it that way. This is a favorite claim of Barton’s, probably because he, like all pseudo-Christian men, wants to control women.
After some double-speak about how the idea of a Creator is government policy, Barton continued:
Founding Fathers recognized abortion as a crime way back in the beginning, that’s why in the Seventh Amendment of the Constitution, part of the common law, you’re not allowed to do abortions because God gives life, not humans, humans can’t take life that God gives so it’s real simple stuff.
Here’s the simple stuff: the Seventh Amendment is concerned with the right of trial by jury. Read it for yourself:
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re–examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
For the life of me, I can’t see where anyone could possibly get anything about abortion out of that. Barton is so blinded by his own ideology that he sees everything as fitting into it. Even when the fit is decidedly convoluted. Barton is so invested in everything and everyone agreeing with his own views that he literally makes stuff up. The people who listen to him simply accept what he says as gospel truth.
Here’s the clip from Right Wing Watch:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOoGuPJ8pM8&w=640&h=360]
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