US Attorney General: Christianity Preserves Liberty
US Attorney General William Barr raised his concerns about anti-Christian sentiment in public life that erodes the nation’s moral standards. His comment come when the US Congress prepares for the nomination of a replacement for US Supreme Court.
Mr Barr on Wednesday railed against “militant secularists” who have undermined religion and tried to replace it with a morality hostile to faith. He called Christianity the “foundation of a free society”.
“The consequences of this hollowingout of Christianity have been predictably dire,” Mr. Barr said at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. “Over the past 50 years, we have seen striking increases in urban violence, drug abuse and broken families. Problems like these have fed the rise of an ever-more powerful central government.”
Mr. Barr, a Catholic, has sounded that theme repeatedly and has increasingly put the power of the Justice Department behind it. During the Wuhan virus pandemic, he has deployed U.S. attorneys to demand that houses of worship be treated at least as well as businesses or racial justice protesters.
US Attorney General emphasised that the Christianity facilitates and roots liberty and justice in the society's fabric.
"In the first place, as our Founders recognized, religion assists in the formation of virtuous citizens who are prepared to exercise liberty responsibly," explained Mr Barr referring to the Founding Fathers of the United States. "Whereas in democratic times, individuals have a tendency to withdraw from public life and pursue private self-gratification, religion builds community, strengthens social cohesion, and turns our attention to the common good," he continued.
The Chief US lawyer reminded of the observation of Alexis de Tocqueville who said that Christianity wardens off "the “impious maxim” that “everything is permitted in the interest of society.”
The democracy in its republican form is based on the unique idea of the consent of the governed which means that the participants agree to preserve laws and self-limit their passions, desires and wants.
Attorney General stated that the America "renewed by the spirit of Christianity" will have more strength to influence positively the rest of the world.
Mr. Barr urge for the renewal of the US public sphere come when US Senate prepares for the nomination of the judge Amy Barret to the US Supreme Court.
Independent Christian Judge
Judge Barrett, who currently sits on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is being seen as a person who may help reorient the Supreme Court. She is Christian who demonstrated her judicial independence defending pro-life supporters and individuals discriminated at work due to the fact they were Christians.
In 2019 Judge Barrett reinstated a lawsuit brought by a male college student who had been suspended after facing accusations of sexual assault by Purdue University. The student had sued the school, arguing he was discriminated against based on his sex and was unable to cross-examine the alleged victim and present evidence in his defense, upending his rights to due process.
Judge Barrett and the 7th Circuit panel sided with the student and allowed his case against Purdue to move forward.
Her pro-life stance and courageous ethical attitude angers progressive activist.
“If confirmed, right-wing judicial activist Barrett would reshape the law and society for generations to come. She is a detriment to our democracy,” said Aimee Allison, the founder of the feminist group She the People.
"You are very eminently qualified"
Still, Democrats and their left-wing allies have little hope of blocking Judge Barrett.
Her confirmation would grow the 5-4 conservative majority on the high court to 6-3.
She would be the fifth woman to serve on the Supreme Court and the second to be nominated by a Republican president. Sandra Day O’Connor, appointed by President Ronald Reagan, was the first.
Born in 1972 Judge Barrett would be the youngest justice on the high court. She also would be the first female justice with adopted school-aged children.
I looked and I studied and you are very eminently qualified for this job. You are going to be fantastic, President Donald Trump said to Judge Barrett.
She has a judicial reputation for being an “originalist” and a “textualist,” similar to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom she clerked after she graduated from law school.
"I will be mindful of who came before me"
I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution. I am truly humbled by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court, Judge Barrett said. I will be mindful of who came before me.
Ms Barrett will replace deceased Justice Ruth Baden Ginsburg who pursued radical leftist agenda. Conservative politician Phyllis Schlafly who was the most observant critic pointed at major issues, which Ms Ginsburg promoted at the Supreme Court.
Ms Ginsburg called for reducing the age of consent for sexual acts to people who are 'less than 12 years old.' She wrote that laws against 'bigamists, persons cohabiting with more than one woman, and women cohabiting with a bigamist' are unconstitutional. Ginsburg called for the "sex-integration of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts" because they "perpetuate stereotyped sex roles." College fraternities and sororities were to be replaced with "college social societies."
Judge Ginsburg famously prepared a list of words which were supposed to be erased from legal documents. The words she called "sexist" included: man, woman, manmade, mankind, husband, wife, mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, serviceman, longshoreman, postmaster, and watchman. She even wanted he, she, him, her, his, and hers to be removed. She recommended to ban utilising the phrases of Judeo-Christian values and Judeo-Christian virtues.
Judge emphasises role of a servant
Her tenacity inflicted damage on the fabric of the society that was founded on the Judeo-Christian virtues, reflected Ms Schlaffly in one of her columns in Human Events weekly.
Judge Barret showed her high culture and class and did not mention any of these facts. Instead, she praised the late Justice Ginsburg’s impact on women in the legal profession and touted her friendship with the late Justice Scalia — despite them being from different sides of the political spectrum.
“If confirmed, I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle and certainly not for my own sake. I would assume this role to serve you,” she said to the American people.