According to RawStory.com, Barton tried to justify women not being allowed to vote in America on the basis of husbands and wives being considered "one" on his "Wallbuilders Live" radio show (audio below).
While the Bible refers to the act of sex as becoming "one flesh," it never says that the husband and wife are actually one person as Barton claimed. Nor does the Bible ever endorse not allowing women to vote.
Barton also claimed the Pilgrims "moved away from socialism and moved toward the free enterprise system," when in reality, they lived under the oppressive British monarchy, not socialism.
"And you have to remember back then, husband and wife, I mean the two were considered one," claimed Barton, noted RightWingWatch.org.
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"That is the biblical precept. That is the way they looked at them in the civil community. That is a family that is voting and so the head of the family is traditionally considered to be the husband and even biblically still continues to be so."
"Now, as we've moved away from the family unit, you need to be independent from the family, don't be chained down and be a mother and don't be chained down and be a father and don't be chained down to your parents, you know, we've moved into more of a family anarchy kind of thing, the 'Modern Family' kind of portrayal, that understanding has gone away," lamented Barton.
However, the Bible actually instructs a man to "leave his mother and father" and "hold to his wife" in Matthew 19:5, Mark 10:7 and Genesis 2:24.
Later Barton tried (again) to justify the laws against women voting in the U.S.
"So they had a strong culture, a strong society and it was based on a strong family to preceded government and they crafted their policies to protect a strong family," said Barton.
Sources: RawStory.com and RightWingWatch.org