MNIndy with more on Bachmann’s Constitution “teacher”

This one has been making the rounds in the media, but we’d like to present you the original story authored by MNIndy. Much good stuff is in here. If you haven’t been watching this: Michele Bachmann wants to start Constitution classes for new Congresspeople, so that they keep the Constitution in mind before they are co-opted into the Washington establishment, whatever that means. (No word on how Bachmann, who just won her third term, has managed to avoid this dreadful fate.)

So who is she getting to teach this? One of the con law professors at the several well-regarded law schools in D.C.? No, she has recruited a Texan preacher with no formal legal training, who teaches at Glenn Beck’s “university” that the separation of church and state is a myth. MNIndy profiles him.

But Barton, who has said the idea of separation of church and state is a myth, has garnered his fair share of controversy. He has suggested the federal government should regulate homosexuality*, and his association with reported anti-Semitic groups prompted the Anti-Defamation League to condemn him earlier this year. In the 1990s, he spoke to the Christian Identity Movement, a group that “asserts that Jews are ‘the synagogue of Satan’; that Blacks and other people of color are subhuman; and that northern European whites and their American descendants are the ‘chosen people’ of scriptural prophesy.” 

He has called holding congressional sessions on Sunday unconstitutional and he has stated that United States borders were drawn by God.

“God’s the one who drew up the lines for the nations, so to say open borders is to say, ‘God, you goofed it all up and when you had borders, you shouldn’t have done it,’” he said recently on his radio program. “And so, from a Christian standpoint, you cannot do that. God’s the one who establishes the boundaries of nations.”

His point: God condemns illegal immigration.

There’s lots more, including condemnation from other evangelical Christians. Actual professors would be fired for teaching these sorts of outright lies, so it’s not surprising that Bachmann had to go outside of academia to find someone whose views she likes.

*Unclear how this fits into the Republican worldview that government should stay out of people’s private business. Oh wait, that only applies when your business is selling sausages full of e.coli! Consensual sex between two adults is much more dangerous.


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