Wow. What was it Jesus said? Something about the meek inheriting the Earth. I also remember another bit about a rich guy, a camel and something about a needle?
Christian historian David Barton must've missed that lesson at Sunday school. Perhaps his evangelical brainwashers neglected to mention that charity is a core Christian value. That must be it, because according to Barton, many poor people are stuck suckling on the government teet because they haven't spent enough time reading the bible.
Unless there's a page full of food stamps somewhere in the Gospel of John, I'm pretty sure that's ridiculous.
Right Wing Watch has the whole speech in quote and video form and it's just as powerfully stupid as it sounds. Here's one of the more inane bits:
"Wouldn't it be interesting to do a study between those that are on welfare and see how much and how often they read the Bible. You know, if Booker T. Washington is right that Christianity and reading the Bible increases your desires and therefore your ability for hard work; if we take that as an axiom, does that mean that the people who are getting government assistance spend nearly no time in the Bible, therefore have no desire, and therefore no ability for hard work? I could go a lot of places with this. I would love to see this proven out in some kind of sociological study, but it makes perfect sense."
Guess what, Mr. Barton. I would love to see it proven that ice cream increases penis size, shall we commission a study?
The whole premise of Barton's argument is riddled with so many logical fallacies it might as well be a Republican talking point. After making his offensive insinuation about the poor, Barton went on to praise the unranked ultraconservative funny farm Liberty "University" as one of the nation's top law schools. For the record, Liberty has never appeared on U.S. News and World Report's list of the nations 150 top law schools and is comparable in academic rigor to Glenn Beck University.
It makes sense that Barton would seek to curry favor with Liberty, seeing as his ideas have just the right combination of silliness, fraud and umitigated douchery to make their way onto a Liberty "University" Law "School" syllabus. As opposed to, y'know, law books...
See the speech below if you must. The clip is limited to 45 seconds to accomodate the attention spans of any aspiring Liberty students: