Barr Derides Use of ‘Governmental Power to Suppress the Freedoms of Traditional Religious Communities’
Attorney General nominee William Barr during his confirmation hearing Tuesday shared with the Senate Judiciary Committee his belief that personal self control comes from “religious values.”
“Our government is an experiment in how much freedom we can allow the people without tearing ourselves apart,” Barr told the Senators.
Barr continued, saying that the Founding Fathers believed in “fewer laws, more self control.” By self control he does not mean self-governance, but personal self control, as in the ability to make good decisions and not succumb to wants and desires.
“They believed part of that self control ultimately came from religious values,” he continued.
“I believe in the separation of church and state, but I am sometimes concerned that we not use governmental power to suppress the freedoms of traditional religious communities in our country.”
BARR: “I believe in the separation of church and state, but I am sometimes concerned that we not use governmental power to suppress the freedoms of traditional religious communities in our country.” pic.twitter.com/zyfDbxjwgf
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 15, 2019
His remarks echo those he wrote in a highly-controversial 1995 treatise published by a Catholic university.
In it, he rails against what he sees as the “increasingly militant, secular age,” the “bigotry” of “a growing hostility toward religion,” and “efforts to marginalize or ‘ghettoize’ orthodox religion.”
And he derides the “the steady erosion of the traditional Judeo-Christian moral system,” and “traditional morality.”
For example, in his 1995 paper Barr denounced “the effort to apply District of Columbia law to compel Georgetown University to treat homosexual activist groups like any other student group.”
Barr’s remarks on “self control” Tuesday are directly related to this passage from that 1995 publication:
“Self-government did not mean the mechanism by which one elected representatives to a legislative body. Self-government referred to the capacity of each individual to restrain and govern themselves.”
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"No way. What the Hell?" Rye asked the second she saw the video of Spicer.
"So, you’ve seen it," Lemon asked Jennings. "So, is this the guy you remember?"
But Rye, blindsided by the chartreuse, cut in.
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In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon, Cheadle asked how any person of color could be part of a party that doesn't want them.
"Well, he and the party have just shown that they have no interest in any of group but white," said Cheadle. "Whites are the primary group. Everyone else may get crumbs. But his agenda is targeted towards benefitting whites. For the GOP as well. The GOP is they want to slash Social Security. They want to slash welfare. They don't say diddly-squat about cutting subsidies, loan guarantees, government contracts and whatever else for the wealthy. So they're all about themselves."
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A CNN panel broke out into laughter talking about President Donald Trump's pathetic jealousy of his predecessor, President Barack Obama.
Obama's new book is slated to score major profits, so he was given a substantial advance for the book. Former first lady Michelle Obama has already enjoyed considerable success from the release of her book and tour. The couple has since made a production deal with Netflix for their company that will focus on fiction and non-fiction stories with a positive social message. Meanwhile, Trump is struggling to win reelection.
"Why is this president so fixated on the former president?" wondered Lemon. "Whether it is North Korea, federal judges, a racist birther lie about the former president not being born here, that’s the one that got him into the political scene. It seems like this president has an obsession with former President Obama. What’s going on?"