Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks to the Law School and the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.
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[FF Editorial – I sincerely hope that Malaysians of whatever faith will take heed the warnings issued byUS Attorney-General (AG) Barr that USA is suffering from a “Secular Religious Faith” supposedly promoted by the progressives. But the reality is that such “progressives” have mounted an insidious assault on religious freedom and destroyed the very foundation of moral values of his country and the vision of the Founding Fathers. Religious freedom is fundamental to the development of any just and free society. We must also be aware of the so-called “Believers” who in the name of their GOD have strangled religious freedom in the wake of their fanaticism that they have the last word on GOD. An irony, as what they say about GOD is that God is unknowbale, but in so far as their GOD is concerned, they must the last word. The Pendulem has swung from one extreme to the other. However, in the current circumstances, a situation has arisen where even the pendulem is absent. The moral values have been hollowed out to such an extent that POWER is being worshipped. This is also prevalent in Malaysia. AG Barr may not have the answers, but surely his warnings are more than sufficient for us to wake up and take stock.]
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TRANSCRIPT OF SPEECH BY AG BARR
Thank you, Tom, for your kind introduction. Bill and Roger, it’s great to be with you.
Thank you to the Notre Dame Law School and the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture for graciously extending an invitation to address you today. I’d also like to express gratitude to Tony de Nicola, whose generous support has shaped – and continues to shape – countless minds through examination of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition.
Today, I would like to share some thoughts with you about religious liberty in America. It’s an important priority in this Administration and for this Department of Justice.
We have set up a task force within the Department with different components that have equities in this area, including the Solicitor General’s Office, the Civil Division, the Office of Legal Counsel, and other offices. We have regular meetings. We keep an eye out for cases or events around the country where states are misapplying the Establishment Clause in a way that discriminates against people of faith, or cases where states adopt laws that impinge upon the free exercise of religion.
From the Founding Era onward, there was strong consensus about the centrality of religious liberty in the United States.
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