Trump’s attorney general wants god’s moral order enforced by government

By Rmuse | 25 February 2019
Daily Kos

William Barr is a Catholic conservative who rejects the separation of church and state, calls secularists “fanatics”, and blames secularism for “moral decline”. (Source: Patheos)

As the nation lurches closer towards being ruled by a tyrannical dictator with unwavering support from the Republican Party, the American people are ignoring an even greater threat to their waning secular democracy – rule by tyrannical theocrats.

The rise of theocrats in powerful positions of authority is particularly disconcerting because not only was America created as a secular nation with a secular Constitution, but because the theocrats running the federal government represent a very small minority of the population. And now Trump has given that vicious minority what they elected him to do in the first place; another radical Christian extremist, William Barr, in a powerful federal government position.

J. Beauregard Sessions was a legitimate threat to America’s secular government as Trump’s attorney general, but his theocratic aspirations paled in comparison to Trump’s latest theocratic cabinet member – a conservative Catholic malcontent who is unlikely to ever defend the U.S. Constitution because it is a secular document. It is noteworthy that Sessions only stated that, according to his mind, the separation of church and state in the Constitution is a concept that is unconstitutional. However, his replacement ardently believes that America’s government is duty-bound to enforce god’s laws because there is no place for secularism.

In a 1995 essay, Barr expressed the extremist Christian view that “American government should not be secular;” secularism is an abomination in Barr’s theocratic mind despite the law of the land is unmistakably secular. Furthermore, Barr contends America’s government is supposed to be imposing “a transcendent moral order with objective standards of right and wrong that flows from God’s eternal law;” eternal law best dictated by the Vatican and taught in public schools at taxpayer’s expense.

It is true that as attorney general William Barr will defend Trump’s criminality and corruption; it is one of the only reasons Trump nominated him. However, the real danger to the nation is Barr’s belief that the government’s primary function should be defending and enforcing his god’s moral edicts while ardently opposing any legislative branch effort to make secular laws according to the secular Constitution.

As noted by Michael Stone a couple of weeks ago, in addition to the racism and misogyny one expects from a radical conservative Christian, “Barr is also a bigot when it comes to non-religious people and others who respect the separation of church and state.”

Barr epitomizes the typical extremist religious fanatic by blaming everything from crime to divorce to sexually transmitted diseases on what he alleges is “the federal government’s non-stop attacks on traditional religious values.” In fact, he joins no small number of Republican evangelical extremists who demand that taxpayers fund religious instruction, specifically Catholic religious instruction, in public schools. Barr, as a matter of fact, has called for the United States government to subsidize Catholic education and categorically called for federal legislation to promote Vatican edicts to “restrain sexual immorality;” an explicit reference to his religion’s ban on homosexuality, extramarital sex, and “artificial” birth control. Don’t believe it?

In an address to “The Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Crime, Drugs and Gangs,” Barr condemned the idea of adhering to the U.S. Constitution’s mandated separation of church and state in the public education system. The theocrat said:

“This moral lobotomy of public schools has been based on extremist notions of separation of church and state or on theories of moral relativism which reject the notion that there are standards of rights or wrong to which the community can demand adherence.”

Barr also penned an article in The Catholic Lawyer where he complained vehemently about what he asserted was “the rise of secularism;” something he claims is anathema to a nation he believes should be ruled by theocrats. Barr attempted to give an answer to “the challenge of representing Catholic institutions as authorities” on what is considered right and wrong, or morally acceptable in a secular nation. In discussing what Barr termed was “The Breakdown of Traditional Morality,” the new attorney general complained thus:

“We live in an increasingly militant, secular age… As part of this philosophy, we see a growing hostility toward religion, particularly Catholicism. This form of bigotry has always been fashionable in the United States. There are, today, even greater efforts to marginalize or ‘ghettoize’ orthodox religion…”

Barr is also a bigot when it comes to people who respect the Constitution’s separation of church and state in providing equal rights for all Americans whether theocrats agree or not. Barr’s belief that government is bound to enforce Vatican dictates is what drives his assertion that, for example, equal rights laws demanding that colleges treat homosexual groups like any other student group is inherently wrong.

He claims treating LGBTQ people like everyone else is detrimental because:

“[Equality] dissolves any form of moral consensus in society. There can be no consensus based on moral views in the country, only enforced neutrality.”

It is noteworthy that what Barr considers “enforced neutrality” is what most Americans understand is the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal rights for all Americans. If this country was not plagued with religious extremists, bigots, misogynists, and hate-driven conservatives there would never be a need to “enforce neutrality,” or protect all Americans’ equal rights guaranteed according to secular law. There is no such thing as equality in Barr’s theocratic mind and the idea of the government not enforcing the privilege and superiority the religious right has enjoyed for too long is abominable, and now he wields federal government authority to right that abomination.

It is too bad that Barr’s religious mind incites him to believe the federal government’s job is enforcing his religion’s concept of “morality,” and that the purposely-conceived “secular” law of the land is “militant” and “hostile toward religion, particularly Catholicism.” If any American believes Barr will defend the Constitution, or equal rights, or freedom from religious imposition, they are deluded beyond belief. As the religious right’s attorney general, Barr will be the de facto enforcement arm of the evangelical extremists and aid in implementing all of the horrors a theocratic dictatorship entails – beginning with an increased government assault on women.

For an idea of how an avowed anti-choice theocrat leading the Justice Department will be the enforcement arm of the evangelical extremist cult, consider Trump’s latest evangelical edict forbidding medical professionals from giving women medical options the religious right and Vatican oppose.

Trump and Pence issued a gag order banning the term “abortion” as a woman’s option to carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term. The order will certainly face lawsuits, but instead of defending a medical professional’s ability to practice medicine, or exercise their freedom of speech, the theocratic-led DOJ will defend the religious right’s assault on women and medical professionals’ free speech because such speech is opposed by evangelicals. Trump’s latest theocratic edict was, by the way, a direct result of the evangelical right’s strict adherence to Vatican dictates banning women’s bodily autonomy and self-determination regarding reproduction.

There is no good outcome going forward with an avowed theocrat serving as the nation’s top law enforcement official. This is particularly true since Barr has made no secret that he considers the secular government “militant” and “bigoted” for not promoting “god’s eternal laws” of right and wrong. The very inconvenient truth for Americans is that long after Trump and Barr are out of power, the theocratic authorities will continue unimpeded because Trump has dutifully created a hard-line conservative judiciary specifically to ensure that America as a secular nation is, for all intents and purposes, coming to an end after resisting theocracy for over two centuries.

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  1. Does he realize that many evangelicals do not consider Catholics to be Christians? This is likely to open a can of worms.

        • Actually, both sides will argue that they are the original church, and the other the schismatic one, so it's kind of a moot point.

      • Jesus said that you know my disciples by their fruits. the fruit of the catholic church is hoarding money throughout the ages, robbing from widows, child abuse, previous popes claiming to be God and not directing praise to Jesus but rather breaking the second commandment and worshiping mary. A true Christian is a disciple of Christ and follows his example and commandments. May you come to know the real Jesus as many false Christs have already come. John 3:16 3:7

    • William Barr is a member of Opus Dei which is not recognized by the one and only Catholic Church. which has been around for hundreds of years before Evangelism, All of England was Catholic until Henry the viii wanted a divorce the Pope refused, so he Henry set up his own religion The Church of England all other Christian religions same i.e. the Orthodox, Lutheran, and others, are all break away from the Catholic Church.

    • Yes! Raised Protestant (Pentacostal Protestant no less) and when I was dating a Catholic, my mother was opposed to that because Catholics were "idol worshipers." Yeah, that's what I grew up with.

  2. I have been closely watching policies at the DOJ since people like Sessions and Barr have come along. I think we will survive this guy. He's gonna die at the younger end of life expectancy. Overweight. Likely a bad diet. Heart disease should handle him fairly soon.

    There are way more secular people than any poll indicates.

    • You all are a bunch of idiots. Now I want all of you to remember that I didn't say you were stupid. God (and out of respect you should capitalize God" for as my old grandpa said; "God didn't make any stupid people, only people with different talents." But he also said; "He came close when he made people that chose not to believe in God."

      Too many, judges and politicians included, have, because of pressure from idiot organizations such as this have pressured them into misinterpreting the Constitution. The First Amendment states very clearly; " Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…." It DOES NOT SAY YOU HAVE FREEDOM FROM RELIGION. Words have meaning and you can't change the meaning because you don't like the meaning.

      The Tenth Amendment states; "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved for the States respectively, or to the people." The States could, BUT SHOULD NOT, could establish a religion. Some say the Fourteenth Amendment changes that, but many think not. "THERE ARE NO ATHIEST IN FOXHOLES." All of you should spend some time in foxholes.

  3. You obviously don’t know the first thing about American culture. We all want a good education for our children, the public schools have failed miserably in the USA. They only want a small portion in the form of a tax credit voucher to help defray the cost of private schools which are very successful in our country. Why shouldn’t they get a small amt of their tax dollars back since they are saving the government a great deal of money by educating their children in private schools that the families pay for themselves. Our government taxes pays over $5500 dollars a year per student for a piss poor education and then parents have to pay an additional $$3000 to $20,000 to actually get a real education for their child. Why should they have to pay twice? Now my thought is to enroll all the children in public school at the beginning of next school year, then I’m fairly certain the government would be more than happy to write those tax credits then.

    • So you want my money to support your religious education? And your puppet politicians are starving the Public Schools to death. It is also a myth that Charter Schools are providing a better education. You have a lot of nerve demanding tax money to pay for your religious "education."

    • The performance of public schools ranges from terrible to wonderful. Religious schools perform similarly. In areas where the religious schools have better results, they accept who they want and are not obligated to teach difficult students. Why would I want my tax money to pay for religious instruction?

    • I don't know where your children went to school, but I and my children received excellent public educations. Perhaps if you focused more on your local schools and were active yourself you would be happier for what your tax dollars provide. We all went to college without having any need for remediation. Daughter a psychiatrist, son owns 3 restaurants, I retired at 55 and have more assets now than then. Any education is only as good as what you make of it and any school is only as good as the parents demand it be. Btw. I was educated in Ct. and my children in Florida.

    • You obviously are a shill for the outdated, almost extinct religion that society has moved away from in droves. I was forced to go to catholic school, and church early in life. It was a traumatic experience that I will never recover from. Why would you want to subject innocent children to a life of depression and anxiety to fulfill some erroneous assertion by homosexual priests, to satisfy your mythological belief that you will be granted entry into "heaven" for doing so? That is child abuse, ma'am. You are contributing to the decline of american society by peddling falsehoods. Do you think children can't detect your lies? Public schools may be failing in black and brown districts, but that is by design. You have been fed paranoid ideas that these people are inferior to your hatred-filled dogma, and you will soon be swept from relevance. That's why you clamor for dominance and unfair advantage over the vast majority in a country that was founded on secularist principles.

    • Public schools have not failed. Private school students test no better than public school students. It is unconstitutional for public money to be spent funding religious schools as well as a waste of money. Parents who want private schools for their children are free to make that choice but they should pay for it, all of it, themselves.

    • The only reason that public schools are piss poor in your country is because of the piss poor government that is in power. Public schools have been underfunded for years and this government continue to take needed funding away from the public schools. This government is trying to keep the generation dumbed down even further then the minions that support trump are now so they will not question all the unmoral and evil things that he does He thinks that if their to smart they may rebel against him and he can/t have that. Also if you want your child to go to a Private school than all the more power to you but it should be up to you and only you to pay for their tuition just as you would have someone that is not in your social class do when they wish to go to your private clubs. They would not be allowed unless they paid the full membership fee and even then it would be debatable because they might not be the right color or have the right back ground. Just saying It's something to think about

    • There are far more public school kids than there are religious school kids. I went to a fairly good school (schools) and my step son who preferred catholic school to public And his kids are doing well. His oldest child was put into a learning program that has helped him dramatically.

      Not all public schools are bad and neither are religious schools good. My oldest son went to a religious scool which had many problems. We worked fairly hard to find a good public school for our younger son. It was great!

    • My grandchildren have attended public schools and gotten into great colleges with full scholarships. Some public schools are much worse than others and that is where changes could be made to ensure that all of our kids get a good education.

  4. Does Mr. Barr's moral order include the Ten Commandments? His boss, the Pretender, breaks them on a regular basis. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

  5. I DON’T THINK SO!! -( I was just compelled to say that, I think GOD was speaking through me…)
    -I can weaponize God Too…Freedom of Religion & all…

  6. The longer the repressive Trump team stays in place the further Left will be the reaction when it is over. Communism came trough internal actions in few places — Russia, China, Cuba, The Indochinese Lands (of Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos). The forces which brought Communism to those countries were Right Wing regimes, often supported by religion. Before the 1917 Revolution Russia was run by the nobility with the aid of the Orthodox Church which helped to keep the workers and the peasants passive and poor. When the frustrations could no longer be kept in check the swing to anti-religion and Communism were inevitable. Te repression was terrible in China also, and China might have gone Communist before WWII had not the Japanese invasion delayed matters by a few years. The Batista regime in Cuba also made Communism there almost inevitable. What comes after Trump will be a dramatic swing to the Left. I am 79 years old, and I am not certain to seewhat comes after Trump. Toward victory always!

  7. To those who want to jettison Separation of Church and State, so we can legislate from the Gospels: the Clauses, laws, precedents and traditions that keep you from turning your religious beliefs into law, ALSO keep OTHERS from turning their beliefs into laws, INCLUDING those beliefs that you so often oppose: Islam, Paganism, even Satanism. Eliminate separation, and a Satanic-dominated Congress could impose THEIR beliefs on YOU. Pagan textbooks? You’ll make that possible. Shariah Law? That’ll be YOUR doing. Separation of Church and State doesn’t just keep me from having to obey YOUR beliefs, it keeps YOU from having to obey MINE.

  8. I can’t even begin to count the inaccuracies in this article. The author knows nothing about the Constitution, the people who wrote it, or of Christianity and Catholicism in particular.

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