AG William Barr Blames Societal Problems on “Ascendancy of Secularism” October 12, 2019

AG William Barr Blames Societal Problems on “Ascendancy of Secularism”

During a speech at the University of Notre Dame yesterday, Attorney General William Barr blamed social problems like drug addiction and mental health issues on a lack of religion.

He even condemned the “militant secularists” pushing for progressive values.

“We see the growing ascendancy of secularism and the doctrine of moral relativism,” he said. “Basically every measure of this 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 a deadly drug epidemic.

“Over 70,000 people die a year from drug overdoses,” he added. “But I won’t dwell on the bitter results of the new secular age.”

It’s frightening to realize the nation’s top lawyer can’t handle basic logic. Then again, he thought working for Donald Trump would be a wise career move, so his irrationality isn’t exactly news. The fact that Barr, Trump’s partner in scandal, thinks religion makes him a better person should be reason enough to discount both.

In any case, Barr is wrong. The lack of religion isn’t to blame for society’s ills. As we’ve said so many times before on this site, the least religious nations in the world tend to have lower rates of violence, more prosperity, better human rights, higher life expectancy, greater educational opportunities, and more freedom. (Read the book.)

Religion hasn’t fixed our problems. It’s exacerbated them, in part because followers are prone to irrational thinking. They’d rather preserve tradition than find a better approach to our problems.

(Screenshot via YouTube. Thanks to Brian for the link)

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