Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for attorney general, said he did not believe that secularists were qualified to run the US government.
“Ultimately, freedom of speech is about ascertaining the truth,” Sessions told an audience in 2014. “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.”
We know Sessions isn’t alone in his remarks. Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has called secularists enemies of the US, and others have alluded that if you don’t pray every day, you’re not fit to hold office.Of course, not everyone agrees.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, Michael Keegan, president of the liberal advocacy group People for the American Way said, “It goes against the values our country was founded on to intertwine religion and government in the way that Sessions described.”
Keegan continued: “The equality of every American, regardless of his or her religious beliefs or nonbelief, is one of the core principles of our democracy. If Jeff Sessions can’t understand that, he’s unfit to serve as attorney general.”
Sessions, whose confirmation hearing was this week, stated he did not believe the separation of church and state is constitutional.
With the statements adding up, with his views on the LGBTQ community, women’s rights, immigration, and religious freedom combined, we know Sessions isn’t a constitutional attorney and is actually rather anti-constitutional.
The senate rarely rejects an appointee, and especially when that senate is controlled by the same party as the president who nominated them.
If and when Sessions is confirmed, it will only make our fight and our struggle more important.