On October 11, 2019, U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at Notre Dame Law School. In his speech, Attorney General Barr discussed the Justice Department’s efforts to promote religious liberty. Refreshingly, the Attorney General did not just speak about the law; rather, his remarks addressed some of the core issues that plague the United States in the 21st century.
The Attorney General correctly stated that America’s biggest problem is spiritual. He also pointed out that an absence of personal faith is not the only problem; rather, there is an ongoing effort to purge faith—and especially Christianity—from American society. Here is an excerpt from his speech:
“Among the militant secularists are many so-called progressives. But where is the progress? We are told we are living in a post-Christian era, but what has replaced the Judeo-Christian moral system? What is it that can fill the spiritual void in the [heart] of the individual person? And what is the system of values that can sustain human social life? The fact is that no secular creed has emerged [that is] capable of performing the role of religion . . . This is not decay. This is organized destruction. Secularists and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication—popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia—in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.”
Attorney General Barr added that “‘moral upheaval’” in our nation has led to “growing illegitimacy rates, drug use and ‘angry, alienated young males.’” He asserted that “‘[the] campaign to destroy the traditional moral order has . . . brought with it immense suffering and misery. And yet the forces of secularism, ignoring these tragic results, press on with even greater militancy.’” The Attorney General stated that those who defy the secularists “‘risk a figurative burning at the stake: social, educational and professional ostracism and exclusion waged through lawsuits and savage social media campaigns.’”
Friends, our nation needs Jesus. It is that need that drives New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms to continue to fight for the freedom to live out and share our Christian faith.