Fact Check: Marjorie Taylor Greene Did NOT Say 'Jesus Loves The U.S. Most And That Is Why The Bible Is Written In English'

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Marjorie Taylor Greene Did NOT Say 'Jesus Loves The U.S. Most And That Is Why The Bible Is Written In English' Bogus Quote

Did Marjorie Taylor Greene say, "Jesus loves the U.S. most, and that is why the Bible is written in English?" No, that's not true: There is no evidence the Republican representative from Georgia ever said that. There is evidence, though, that the quote or variations of it has been around for decades and has been misattributed to mock a range of people from an early 20th century woman governor of Texas to another Republican representative in recent years.

The claim reappeared in a Facebook post (archived here) published on July 26, 2021. The text said:

"Jesus loves the U.S. most, and that is why the Bible is written in English." ~Marjorie Taylor Greene

This is how the Facebook post looked like on July 27, 2021:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Jul 27 20:48:25 2021 UTC)

A Google search for "Jesus Loves The U.S. Most, And That Is Why The Bible Is Written In English" reveals no record of Greene ever making this comment. Lead Stories and other organizations previously debunked another quote referencing Jesus that also was falsely attributed to Greene on social media.

In 2014, the same quote was falsely attributed to then-Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Republican from Minnesota.

Before Bachmann, a 2006 online forum recording Texas history associated a similar quote -- "If English was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for Texas schoolchildren" -- to Miriam A. "Ma" Ferguson, a Democrat who served as governor of Texas from 1925 to 1927 and again from 1933 to 1935. There is no record proving she ever said it, either.

A 2006 report published by Benjamin Zimmer, a language columnist at the Wall Street Journal, traced yet another version of the saying as far back as 1881.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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