Newt Gingrich Uses Fake Washington Quote

28 September 2007

Newt Gingrich, who gave the commencement speech at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University this year, recently attributed this quote to George Washington:

Washington’s personal journal provides more evidence of his deep faith:

It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible. It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe, without the agency of a Supreme Being. It is impossible to govern the universe without the aid of a Supreme Being.

However, Washington's journal says nothing of the sort. This is simply one of David Barton's phony quotations (he calls them "unconfirmed"), a source of many untrue memes about the Founding Fathers.

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