Barton said a few interesting things, but one thing that REALLY caught my attention was when he tried to defend his callous cuts by pointing to the Bible. (Skip to 8:08)
For those of you that can't watch clips at work, here's a partial transcript:
Bashir: I know you're a long time member of the Methodist Church. Is that correct?
Barton: Yes, sir. That's a true statement.
Bashir: How do you square your approach with the Psalm 146, where the Psalmist writes this: "He gives food to the hungry. The lord protects foreigners. He defends orphans and widows." Isn't this the exact opposite of the cuts being proposed by Republicans in congress?
Barton: No, the lord helps those who helps themselves...
Bashir: Which verse of scripture is that, sir?
Barton: Well, it's uh..
Bashir: I don't think you'll find that in the Old or New Testament.
Barton: Well, that was taught to me by my father who is president of the United Methodist school board in Waco Texas, and Bryan, Texas.
So Bashir quoted scripture to make his case against the Repubicans' policy, and Barton tries to defend himself by using a line, which he THOUGHT was also scripture, but actually doesn't exist in the Bible. And his father taught him that? Sounds like a pretty shitty teacher. I Wonder if his dad happens to be David Barton...
But what made that exchange worse was that here you have a guy who clearly thought that he was being clever with his rebuttal, and yet when it was made painfully apparent that he was full of shit, he remained absolutely unfazed. Not only was he not bothered by this, but he actually laughs about it ("Haha, so you mean one of the basic tenets of my religion, which I followed throughout my entire life was actually never advocated by the central figure of said religion? Boy is MY face red!")
In fairness, I suppose I can't be too hard on Barton for having no understanding of his religion, since most of his fellow Christians don't seem to have any understanding either.
Oh, and for the record, Jesus also never said that women who take contraception are sluts.
UPDATE: Minor correction. Some readers have informed me that BP used to stand for British Petroleum, but it no longer does. It's simply BP p.l.c.
UPDATE #2: Some readers criticized this story as being inaccurate, since they feel Barton wasn't attempting to use a Biblical argument. Really? If that was the case, the discussion would simply be as follows:
Bashir: The Bible says blah blah blah.
Barton: Well, here's a NON-Bible related rebuttal to show that this is superior to your actual Bible related argument!
Does anyone think any Republican would even REMOTELY attempt such an argument? It doesn't matter if Barton's defense comes outside the Bible, because he will not acknowledge that anyway.
Second, we don't need to speculate what Barton may have been thinking. Again, look at the exchange. He was obviously taken aback when Bashir asked him where in the Bible his quote was stated. That's why he tried to damage control by bringing up his dad and made the reference to his Church!
Come on, people. This isn't that hard.
UPDATE #3: Also, related to Update #1, I've also gotten complaints about being "xenophobic" for referring to BP as British Petroleum? Um...that wasn't my intention at all. I honestly thought that was the company's actual name. But for the record, I have absolutely no problem with the fine folks in Great Britain or most other countries for that matter. So apologies if anyone was mistakenly offended.