AG Barr stresses 'critical link between religion and liberty'

Saturday, September 26, 2020
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AG nominee William Barr (Jan2019)U.S. Attorney General William Barr warned that “militant secularists” are working to eradicate religion from public life in America – emphasizing the fact that once religion is gone, freedom will become a thing of the past, as well.

"That crucial link between religion and liberty – so well understood at the Founding – is all too often forgotten today,” Barr told the audience during a speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Wednesday.

Attack through a misnomer

Barr pointed out that for the past 50 years, the left has been spreading misinformation to remove Christianity as the backbone of America.

“In American public discourse, perhaps no concept is more misunderstood than the notion of 'separation of church and state,'" he argued. "Militant secularists have long seized on that slogan as a facile justification for attempting to drive religion from the public square and to exclude religious people from bringing a religious perspective to bear on conversations about the common good."

Many deceived by the left fail to realize that progressives have their rendition of the separation backward.

“Defenders of religious freedom have long argued that the ‘separation of church and state’ is intended to keep the state from telling churches what to do,” CBN News explained. “They point to the deep faith of many of America's Founders, and the way they incorporated God and biblical principles into the country's founding documents.”

In other words, the Founding Fathers never intended on keeping God out of public life – or out of the government.

"Separation of church and state does not mean – and never did mean – separation of religion and civics,” Barr stressed.

Rather than purging religion from every facet of society, critical thinkers of our time – and from the past – have emphasized that faith is something that should be embraced to hold it together.

“As late as 1952, Justice William O. Douglas could write for a majority of the Supreme Court that, 'We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being,'" Barr noted. "Alexis de Tocqueville – the keenest observer of the early American republic – praised America's separation of church and state while extolling America's union of the 'spirit of religion' and the 'spirit of liberty' as the key to its success."

The frequently besieged AG went on to explain how religion keeps liberty alive.

"In the first place, as our Founders recognized, religion assists in the formation of virtuous citizens who are prepared to exercise liberty responsibly – whereas in democratic times, individuals have a tendency to withdraw from public life and pursue private self-gratification, religion builds community, strengthens social cohesion, and turns our attention to the common good,” the legal expert impressed. “At the same time, religion safeguards individual rights by warding off what Tocqueville called the 'impious maxim' that 'everything is permitted in the interest of society.' For all of these reasons, Tocqueville referred to Americans' religion as 'the first of their political institutions.'"

It was stressed that the continuous effort to take God out of schools and public life since the 1960s has contributed to more and more families being torn apart and cities being destroyed by violence and other forms of unchecked sinful behavior.

"That foundation of our free society has increasingly been under siege,” Barr recounted. “Traditional morality has eroded, and secularists have often succeeded not only in eliminating religion from schools and the public square, but in replacing it with new orthodoxies that are actively hostile to religion.”

He then listed off the tragic results of pushing faith to the side in America.

“Over the past 50 years, we have seen striking increases in urban violence, drug abuse and broken families,” Barr lamented. “Problems like these have fed the rise of an ever more powerful central government – one that increasingly saps individual initiative, coopts civil society, crowds out religious institutions, and ultimately reduces citizens to wards of the State."

No letting up

Several weeks earlier, Barr contended that the left will not stop their secular push until Christianity is swept under the rug – for good.

"They're not interested in compromise," Barr told Fox News’ Mark Levin last month. "They're not interested in [a] dialectic exchange of views – they're interested in total victory ... It's a substitute for religion.”

As the Bible warns about the End Times, good will be called evil and evil will be called good – which is what America is seeing today.

"They view their political opponents as evil because we stand in the way of their progressive utopia that they're trying to reach, and that's what gives the intensity to the partisan feelings that people feel today, because for them, this pilgrimage we're all on is a political pilgrimage,” Barr said. “Everything is reduced to politics for people who don't have that perspective."


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