U.S. Attorney General William Barr claims “militant secularists” are persecuting conservative Christians by driving religion “out of the marketplace of ideas.”
Barr, speaking with Cardinal Dolan on his SiriusXM radio show “Conversation with Cardinal Dolan,” attacked “militant secularists,” claiming that they “are trying to impose their values on religious people.”
Barr told Dolan:
I feel today religion is being driven out of the marketplace of ideas and there’s an organized militant secular effort to drive religion out of our lives. To me the problem today is not that religious people are trying to impose their views on nonreligious people, it’s the opposite — it’s that militant secularists are trying to impose their values on religious people and they’re not accommodating the freedom of religion of people of faith.
The reason [the founding fathers] felt they could grant so much freedom in the Constitution and only provide for limited government was because they felt that religion was there and the people were religious people who could largely govern themselves.
We believe in the separation of church and state. But what permits a limited government and minimal command and control of the population — and allows people to have freedom of choice in their lives — and trust in the people is the fact that they are a people that are capable of disciplining themselves according to moral values.
Barr is wrong when he claims “religion is being driven out of the marketplace of ideas,” and he is being dishonest when he implies conservative Christians are being persecuted by “militant secularists.”
In fact, religion is not being driven out of the marketplace of ideas by “militant secularists,” and conservative Christians are not being persecuted for their backward and ignorant beliefs. Instead, religious superstition continues to be abandoned by reasonable people who choose to think critically about such matters, and the fact that religious conservatives continue to support the person and policy of Donald Trump is only further indication of the moral and intellectual depravity entailed by conservative Christianity.As for the separation of church and state, Barr has demonstrated on multiple occasions that he has no respect the separation of church and state.
For example, in a 2011 address to “The Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Crime, Drugs and Gangs,” Barr condemned church/state separation in public schools:
This moral lobotomy of public schools has been based on extremist notions of separation of church and state or on theories of moral relativism which reject the notion that there are standards of right or wrong to which the community can demand adherence.
Bottom line: U.S. Attorney General William Barr is a dishonest and dangerous religious conservative who rejects the separation of church and state, and makes the false claim that “militant secularists” are persecuting conservative Christians.