The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s daily Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:
At an event on Friday, Attorney General Barr warned a group of future law students at the University of Notre Dame about the widespread negative effects of “militant” secularism on American values and society over the past few decades.
“Suffice it to say that the campaign to destroy the traditional moral order has coincided, and I believe has brought with it, immense suffering and misery,” Barr said. “And yet the forces of secularism — ignoring these tragic results — press on with even greater militancy.”
According to Barr, efforts to rid American culture of the effect and influence of religion over the past few decades have come with severe consequences for American society.
“By any honest assessment, the consequences of this moral upheaval have been grim,” Barr explained. “Virtually every measure of social pathology continues to gain ground. 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 the deadly drug epidemic.”
“This is not decay,” the attorney general remarked. “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.”
“Among the militant secularists are many so-called ‘progressives,’” Barr said. “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? … The fact is that no secular creed has emerged capable of performing the role of religion.”