William Barr, the attorney general of the United States, gave a speech on Friday in which he attacked "militant secularism."
Barr was speaking to a crowd at University of Notre Dame Law School when he decried "the campaign to destroy traditional moral order" which he saw coming from "the forces of secularism."
"Among the militant secularists are many so-called progressives. But where is the progress?" Barr asked. "Those who defy the creed risk a figurative burning at the stake: social, educational and professional ostracism and exclusion waged through lawsuits and savage social media campaigns."
According to Barr, drug use, violence, mental health issues, and more all stem from this "militant secularism" and attacks on traditional Christian values.
Barr perpetuated many tired, and false, Christian talking points, like the idea that the founders of the United States were all Christians (many were actually deists), and that it was Christian values that drove them to write the Constitution.
Barr asked the audience, "How does religion promote the moral discipline and virtue needed to support free government?"
His answer included that, "The guidance of natural law - a real, transcendent moral order which flows from God's eternal law - the divine wisdom by which the whole of creation is ordered. The eternal law is impressed upon, and reflected in, all created things."
Barr's speech is disturbing for a few reasons, but paramount for me is the fact that, as attorney general, he is the leader in our government tasked with the administration of law enforcement. He is ultimately the top leader for ensuring that all citizens are treated equally under the law. Instead, he has all but spelled out that he believes Christians are the only ones truly capable of moral behavior, and therefore, anyone who does not believe as he does is a moral reprobate to him.
This is a problem, and is exactly why the Founding Fathers that he misrepresents in his speech wrote in the Constitution that the United States government will not establish any religion.
This is why religion and government should stay separate.