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William Barr: There’s a “Militant Secular Effort” to Suppress Religion

Jan 30, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

During an interview with New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan yesterday, Attorney General William Barr did what he does best: lie.

He claimed that there was a “militant secular effort” to suppress religion, despite failing to define whatever “militant” secularism means.

“The problem today is not that religious people are trying to impose their views on non-religious people,” Barr told Dolan on his SiriusXM radio show Conversation with Cardinal Dolan. “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.

“We believe in the separation of church and state,” Barr stated. “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.”

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One comment on “William Barr: There’s a “Militant Secular Effort” to Suppress Religion”

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    Cairsley says:

    From the Friendly Atheist article:

    It’s scary that the top lawyer in the country doesn’t have a basic understanding of the law. But that’s also the only reasonDonald Trumpappointed him. A competent lawyer wouldn’t say any of this. It takes a conservative Christian like Barr to be this ignorant.

    Memant Mehta is being too kind here to William Barr. My estimation is that Mr Barr knows very well that what he is saying contradicts the constitutional separation of politics and religion. He is quite cynically gaslighting the American public in order to further the theocratization of the USA. A dishonest man, he is as much a crook as the man who appointed him Attorney-General.


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