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Christian Ministry Claims Thomas Jefferson Would Have Required Picture ID for Voting (Video)

CitizenLink, which is the political arm of the Christian ministry Focus on the Family, released a video today that claims Thomas Jefferson would have required a picture ID for voting.

In the video (below), CitizenLink's Stuart Shepard cherry-picked some quotes by President Jefferson from his inaugural address in 1801 and applied them to present-day America.

Shepard claims that Jefferson's statement, "A jealous care of the right of election by the people," would mean support of voter picture ID laws today.

"You'd think such jealous care would include asking someone to show the same ID at the polling place that they have to show to attend a presidential speech," Shepard states, as he holds up a driver's license.

However, the entire statement reads, "A jealous care of the right of election by the people—a mild and safe corrective of abuses which are lopped by the sword of revolution where peaceable remedies are unprovided."

According to Mother Jones, the actual rate of voter fraud in the U.S. is close to zero and is not "widespread" as many Republicans have claimed since President Obama took office.

Shepard quotes Jefferson again, "Economy in the public expense, that labor may be lightly burthened."

Shepard then applies that to present-day taxes, "Take a look at your last pay stub, seriously, look at how much the government takes out that you never get to take home, then ask yourself, 'Am I lightly burthened?'"

Shepard fails to mention that tax dollars benefit all Americans by building roads, hospitals, schools and other types of infrastructure.

Shepard, who claims to be a Christian, also does not mention that Jesus addressed taxes in Mark 12:17, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God."

Sources: CitizenLink,,, Mother Jones


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