AG William Barr: There Is A ‘Militant Secular Effort’ To Suppress Religion In US
Attorney General William Barr claimed that there was a “militant secular effort” to suppress religion during an interview with New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, according to the Friendly Atheist.
“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.”
Yet, secular people advocate for government neutrality on matters of religion while Barr and his fellow GOP members seek government preference for one faith.
Conservative Christian beliefs underlie Republican efforts to block women from obtaining abortions and to block LGBTQ people from having civil rights, while punishing non-Christian immigrants and refugees.
During the interview, Barr also claimed that atheists were trying to drive religion out of public life. However, no atheist organization or prominent individual has said religious people should be punished for their beliefs.