Attorney General William “Bill” Barr, a practicing Catholic, delivered a speech at the University of Notre Dame’s law school on Friday that has many on the left and in the media up in arms.
That is because a key theme of Barr’s speech centered around his view that the decline of religious belief — and growth of secularism — in America is largely responsible for much the country’s problems nowadays, including “soaring suicide rates,” the Daily Mail reports.
Waging war on religion
Barr told the gathered audience that “so-called progressives” have launched an all-out assault in support of the “organized destruction” of the Judeo-Christian values this nation was founded on.
The results of that coordinated assault couldn’t be more clear or dire, in his view.
“Along with the wreckage of the family, we are seeing 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,” the attorney general said.
He also noted the shocking statistic that more Americans die from drug overdoses every year — roughly 70,000 — than died during the entirety of the years-long Vietnam War, in which a little more than 58,000 Americans were killed.
Who’s to blame?
For this, Barr blamed the left’s abandonment of organized religion and embrace of secularism.
“The campaign to destroy the traditional moral order has coincided with immense suffering and misery, and yet the forces of secularism, ignoring these tragic results, press on with even greater militancy,” he said.
The AG went on to note that the left’s dominance in pop culture and academia, among other pillars of society, is being purposefully utilized to promote the secular agenda and disparage traditional religious beliefs and values — something that is patently obvious to anyone with a TV.
As an example, Barr pointed to a law recently passed in New Jersey that requires all schools to adopt a pro-LGBTQ agenda in their curriculums, despite such views running counter to traditional Christian beliefs still held by many.
The progressive left will undoubtedly dispute what Barr had to say, but his remarks were the unvarnished truth that few want to actually address.
Though faith in a higher power and adherence to the traditional values of Christianity and Judaism may not solve all of society’s ills, they would certainly go a long way in offering a proven path of redemption and righteous living for Americans. We’d be wise to take Barr’s words to heart.