Christian 'historian' David Barton has been traveling across the country, to mostly churches, claiming that specific parts of the Constitution were taken word-for-word from the Bible.
In a recent speech (video below), Barton said: "It is absolutely no surprise that so many of the clauses we find in the Constitution are literal, direct quotations out of the Bible" ... even if they never "put a chapter and verse by it."
Barton added that if you "check that language of the Constitution against the Bible, you will go 'that is an exact quote!'"
Barton also claims that declares that Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution, which guarantees to every state a Republican form of government, "came directly out of Exodus 18:21, Deuteronomy 1: 13-16, and Deuteronomy 16:18."
The verses in question are below and do not appear in the U.S. Constitution:
Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you.” You answered me, “What you propose to do is good.” So I took the leading men of your tribes, wise and respected men, and appointed them to have authority over you—as commanders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and as tribal officials. And I charged your judges at that time, “Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly, whether the case is between two Israelites or between an Israelite and a foreigner residing among you.
Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.