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- A version of this quote has been misattributed to more than one female elected official.
Back in 2014, we fact-checked a claim that Michele Bachmann, then a Republican representative from Minnesota, said that the Bible was written in English. A viral image of her appeared with this statement: "Jesus loves America the most, that’s why the Bible is written in English."
But she didn’t say that, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., didn’t say something similar.
A recent Facebook post attributes this quote to Greene: "Jesus loves the U.S. most and that is why the Bible is written in English."
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
We couldn’t find any credible source attributing this to Greene.
Another version of this quote has been misattributed to former Texas Gov. Miriam "Ma" Ferguson.
Some iteration has been around since 1881, when the New York Times reported that a preacher, commenting on a new translation of the Bible, told a joke that ended like this: "‘What’s the matter with the good old King James version?’ the farmer replied. ‘That was good enough for St. Paul, and it’s good enough for me."
We rate this post False.
Facebook post, July 26, 2021
PolitiFact, Bachmann didn’t say Bible was written in English, and neither did Texas governor, Feb. 12, 2014
Waffles at Noon, Did Michele Bachmann say the Bible was written in English, Feb. 4, 2014
Twitter search of @mtgreenee and @RepMTG, July 29, 2021
Politwoops search July 29, 2021
The Big Apple, "If English was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for Texas," Aug. 10, 2006
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