Posted by 17 October 2019
Attorney General Bill Barr sees the “traditional moral order” of the U.S. as faltering. And he knows who is to blame: secularists.
In a speech last week to Notre Dame Law School, the attorney general laid out a vision of religious Americans as under attack by organized anti-religious forces. According to Barr, there is an organized effort to harm the Judeo-Christian religious tradition in the U.S:
This is not decay. It is organized destruction. Secularists, and their allies among the “progressives,” have marshaled all the force of mass communications, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.
Barr listed a host of ills that he said were a result of the move away from religion:
the wreckage of the family … record levels of depression and mental illness, dispirited young people, soaring suicide rates, increasing numbers of angry and alienated young males, an increase in senseless violence and a deadly drug epidemic…
Many have criticized the attorney general’s remarks for fostering division. They say that he is making up a conspiracy against religion in order to find a scapegoat for societal problems. Some also accuse him of trying to shore up Christian voters for President Trump during a growing impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives.
However, Attorney General Barr also has his defenders. Conservatives and some Christian leaders have praised him for speaking up for what they see as beleaguered Christians. They argue that government officials, those in the media, and the entertainment industry is hostile to Americans of faith, so it is good to see the attorney general pushing back against this trend.
Do you agree with Attorney General Barr that America’s Judeo-Christian heritage is under attack?