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.”
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)