New Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejects the separation of church and state and claims secularists are unfit for government service.
Sessions, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate today in a 52-47 vote.
The confirmation is bad news for the United states. Sessions is a moral monster with a terrible record on race, women, and the LGBT community.
However, perhaps most alarming, Sessions is a radical Christian extremist who rejects the separation of church and state.
Americans United, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and other sources all report that Sessions believes the separation of church and state is an “extra-constitutional doctrine” and “a recent thing that is unhistorical and unconstitutional.”
Supporting the separation of church and state should not be a controversial issue. However, the sad fact is many Republicans, and many conservative Christians, dispute the existence of the separation of church and state in the U.S. Constitution.
In November of 2014 Sessions received an award from right-wing extremist David Horowitz. At the time, Sessions told Horowitz’s audience that secularists are unfit to operate the government. The following is an excerpt from his remarks:
Ultimately, freedom of speech is about ascertaining the truth. And if you don’t believe there’s a truth, you don’t believe in truth, if you’re an utter secularist, then how do we operate this government? How can we form a democracy of the kind I think you and I believe in… I do believe that we are a nation that, without God, there is no truth, and it’s all about power, ideology, advancement, agenda, not doing the public service.
Denigrating secular Americans in such a fashion is repulsive, and should disqualify any individual from serving in public office.
Adding insult to injury, during his recent confirmation hearings Sessions reiterated his contempt and disrespect for secular Americans by saying that he is “not sure” if secular Americans understand the truth as well as a religious person.
At Sessions’ confirmation hearing Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) asked the Attorney General nominee if he believes a secular person has the same understanding of the truth as a religious individual. Sessions replied:
Well, I’m not sure.
The answer is alarming, but not surprising, given his track record.
Bottom line: Anyone who claims the separation of church and state is an “extra-constitutional doctrine” and “a recent thing that is unhistorical and unconstitutional” is simply unqualified to serve as the attorney general of the United States. The fact that Sessions also denigrates and demeans secular Americans only underlines the point that the man is not qualified to serve.