AG Barr recently spoke eloquently on religious liberty. Progressive legal analyst Jeffery Toobin vomited canards and bald assertions in response.
In a speech at Notre Dame Law School on October 11, Attorney General William Barr asserted that government needs to prioritize protecting religious freedom. To summarize briefly, Barr observed that the Founders held that the new country needed to be built upon Judeo-Christians moral underpinnings, in large part because those values were inextricably intertwined with our being a “free” and functioning nation. For the past half century or more, though, progressives have been attacking these religions, seeking to drive them from the public square while offering no viable alternative. The cost of that to our society has been “grim.” Thus we must act to protect religious liberty in this country from the progressive onslaught.
Barr makes so many insightful and nuanced points of such great importance to the character and functioning of our nation, and he does so with such elegance, that I cannot possibly do his speech justice in any sort of summary. For instance, Barr points out that the Judeo-Christian religions provide a “shared set of moral values” flowing from a transcendent God that teach us both restraint and positive action in a way beneficial to society as a whole. Says Barr, “but, if you rely on the coercive power of government to impose restraints, this will inevitably lead to a government that is too controlling, and you will end up with no liberty, just tyranny.” It really is a speech that every American should read or watch. You can read the full text of his remarks here, and you can watch the video below: