“It [the First Amendment] gave me more protection because I get my speech but if it’s religious, I get it twice, and if it is religious with others, I get it three times. In addition to free speech, there is also free exercise of religion, which often involves free speech. For me to exercise my faith means I will speak about it, I will live it out, I will activate it, I will do it.
“And, by the way, I have the right to assembly, so I can get together with other believers and we can act out our faith. While religious folks have at least three different forms of protection under the First Amendment for their speech, secular folks have their protections as well for speech and assembly, but they just don’t have the same religious motivations.
“That’s a level of protection the Founding Fathers wanted to make sure that religious folks had, so they singled that out to give, if you will, added protection if you’re a religious folk. The First Amendment says, ‘Hey, religion is so vitally important that you get added, special protection.’” – Christian nationalist David Barton, on his radio show.
RELATED: David Barton is the widely discredited “historian” whose book was withdrawn by his own Christian publisher over its false claims, including that America’s founding documents were lifted virtually word-for-word from the bible. Barton’s history of batshit claims is very, very long but he may be best known here for his comparison of LGBT rights to Nazism. Barton has been busted by fellow evangelicals for falsely claiming to have an earned doctorate. He last appeared on JMG for his prediction of civil war if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade. Barton also claims that the Second Amendment gives citizens the right to own any weapon owned by the government, including tanks and, presumably, nuclear weapons.