Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Selling Lies on Ebay

Jon Rowe found this item on Ebay, a picture of James Madison selling for nearly $500 by the Christian Heritage Museum. It includes the now-infamous fake quote from James Madison:

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to The TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GOD”


Madison never said that, nor anything remotely like it. This is one of the “quotes” David Barton has had to admit has never been found. Here’s the punchline. The tag line at the bottom from the Christian Heritage Museum says:

“To Preserve, Protect, Educate, Motivate, and Inspire Others to Live for Christ”

And if you have to peddle lies to do that…so be it, apparently.