Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Palin: Base Laws on the Bible

This will come as a shock to no one: Sarah Palin thinks we should make laws based on the Bible — and that the founding fathers would have wanted that. In an interview on Bill O’Reilly last night about the National Day of Prayer, she peddled all kinds of dangerous nonsense. Like this:

I have said all along that America is based on Judeo-Christian beliefs and, you know, nobody has to believe me though. You can just go to our Founding Fathers’ early documents and see how they crafted a Declaration of Independence and a Constitution that allows that Judeo-Christian belief to be the foundation of our lives. And our Constitution, of course, essentially acknowledging that our unalienable rights don’t come from man; they come from God. So this document is set up to protect us from a government that would ever infringe upon our rights to have freedom of religion and to be able to express our faith freely.


As religious right ignorami often do, she conflates the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence — but it’s so much funnier when she says “of course” it says that. Of course, the notion that the few spare references in the Declaration of Independence to a vague deity means that those who wrote it wanted “Judeo-Christian belief to be the foundation of our lives” is utter nonsense.

The principal author of that document was Thomas Jefferson. What did he think of the Jewish god of the Old Testament? He called him “cruel, capricious, vindictive and unjust.” He also rejected the notion that Jesus was the son of God, which pretty much negates the Christian part. The other two men who helped write the DoI, John Adams and Ben Franklin, largely agreed with Jefferson.

The nonsense continues:

I think we should kind of keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant. They’re quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the 10 Commandments.

Really? They are? As I documented many years ago, not only should we not base our laws on the Ten Commandments, 8 of the 10 are indisputably unconstitutional.

Also bear in mind that Jefferson argued for a total separation of church and state and hated the idea that law should be based on religious beliefs. The notion that the government should use coercive laws to enforce religious dictates was anathema to him:

“Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned: yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.”

All of this Palin argues while accusing other people of being revisionist. As usual, she is engaging in ignorance-fueled projection.