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Former AG Barr Argues Left-Wing Brainwashing in Our Schools Is Unconstitutional

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barrFew speeches delivered by an American leader in the modern era have addressed the cultural crisis facing this country with such clarity, vision, and moral courage as former Attorney General Bill Barr’s remarks Friday to Alliance Defending Freedom.

Accepting ADF’s Edwin Meese Award for “Originalism and Religious Liberty,” Barr argued that “the greatest threat to religious liberty in America today” is “the increasingly militant and extreme secular-progressive climate of our state-run educational system.”

He said that this indoctrination in public schools may well have reached the point of being unconstitutional, and laid out a case for a legal challenge to leftist brainwashing based on the First Amendment. The left-wing curriculum being taught in government-run schools, Barr argued, is so aggressively anti-Christian—and indeed anti-religious—that it represents a violation of the constitutional rights of Americans of faith.

Barr began his remarks with a brief history of America’s approach to public schooling, dividing it into three distinct phases. During the first phase—which encompassed most of American history up until the 1970s—the instruction students received in the public school system was “committed to Judeo-Christian values in the general sense.”

During the second phase which “came in the latter part of the 20th century,” Barr notes, the “the left embarked on a relentless campaign of secularization intent on driving every vestige of religion from the public square.” God was driven out of the curriculum based on the idea that public schools should be entirely neutral toward religion.

But now, Barr said, we are witnessing a third phase. Instead of merely purging schools of religion, “[w]e’re now seeing an affirmative indoctrination with a secular belief system and worldview that is a substitute for religion and is antithetical to the beliefs and values of traditional God-centered religion.”

He cited two examples. The first was the transgender ideology that is permeating public schools across the country. Barr referenced a coloring book distributed to schoolchildren in Iowa public schools which told them that “Everyone gets to choose if they are a girl or a boy or both or neither or someone else, and no one else gets to choose for them.” He said this was a perfect example of a curriculum that flatly contradicts religious teachings not just on sex and gender, but on issues such as the role of parents and natural law.

The former Attorney General went on to describe Critical Race Theory and to illustrate how this new fixture of the public school curriculum is fundamentally incompatible with the Christian worldview, just as traditional Marxism has been widely recognized as diametrically opposed to Christianity.

Barr explained that while teaching such anti-religious beliefs and values in public schools is clearly the basis for a legal challenge based on the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment, he believes the left is also vulnerable to an argument that they are teaching their own kind of religious doctrine—a violation of the Constitution’s prohibition on the establishment of a state religion.

“The tenets of progressive orthodoxy,” Barr argued, “have become a form of religion with all the trappings and hallmarks of a religion. It has its notion of original sin, of salvation. It has its clergy. It has its penance. It has its dogmas, its sensitivity to the whiff of any heresy, and even the burning at the stake, so far only metaphorically.”

Barr then asked the obvious question: “If secular-progressivism indeed occupies the same place as a religion – and by all appearances it does – then how is it constitutional to have state-run schools fervently devoted to teaching little else?”

Barr proceeded to argue that to protect the conscience rights of the American people, the public school system needs to be reformed on the basis of universal school choice. “Public funding of education does not require that instruction must be delivered by means of government-operated schools,” he said. “The alternative is to have public funds travel with each student, allowing the student and the parents to choose the school.”

It was President Trump who remarked last year that school choice is “the civil rights issue of our time.” Barr’s contribution to the education debate is his recognition that school choice is easily the most important religious freedom issue of the day as well. Parents who object to the new religion of the Left being preached in public schools must be given the freedom and the resources to provide for their children’s education in a different setting than what Barr called “the government’s secular-progressive madrassas.”

Barr’s remarks call to mind the famous passage from Justice Jackson’s 1943 opinion in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in matters of politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word their faith therein.” Too many public school classrooms in America today are worship centers for the woke Left to do exactly that.

Barr concluded his remarkable speech by challenging every American parent who cares about their kids and the future of this country to muster the moral courage necessary to confront the Left’s new civil religion being preached daily in the nation’s public schools. Barr argued that “confronting this issue, I think, is the most urgent task for people who are concerned about religious liberty.” “Religious liberty,” Barr said, “is not safe in the United States as long as we have the kind of public school system we have, the forced monopoly and the indoctrination of children into these radical secular progressive orthodoxies.”

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Barbara Ruga
4 days ago

Barr was on the money with his remarks. Mark Levin is too-American Marcism.

Patty
28 days ago

This has been taking place in our country for decades…and now they are fighting back! it infuriates me that it has come to this for our conservative leaders to finally wake up and do their jobs for the people who put them there, only for us to pray it is not too late!

Roy Whitney
16 days ago
Reply to  Patty

Amen.

Jenny
29 days ago

Love is love

The bible is little more than a set of hideous and oppressive notions that more and more people are waking up from

All of our ideas of what constitutes gender and sexuality are cultural

Freedom lies in the ability to choose. Freedom lies in the ability to explore. It is to be without the judgement of others. Freedom is to love oneself and others without shame cast upon you by the ideas set forth in an archaic and brutal religious text

Hate is hate

But love is love

Bill
29 days ago
Reply to  Jenny

Jenny,

Worse than hideous this is sad,
How can oppressive Communism make one glad?

Many young and some old, are under Marx’s yoke,
Finally, hopefully waking up from woke!

Worldwide a child is born male or female gender,
God, is not mocked by any sinful offender!

Freedom is never an absolute right,
Not free to do to others whatever you might!

We must discern and judge others,
God’s Word, some unsuccessfully smothers.

Bondage to sin is inordinate selfish love,
JESUS CHRIST the LORD, the epitome of love!

”But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
ROMANS 5:8

Jenny
28 days ago
Reply to  Bill

We are born male or female… or hermaphrodite. Sex and gender are very different.

We don’t have any wish to be free to do to others whatever we want, only to be free to be ourselves, without the false stigma and shame brought upon us by the church.

F your sexist, monstrous Abrahamic god

Bill
28 days ago
Reply to  Jenny

Jenny,

Born male or female because of the Creator,
Redefining terms by the God-hater.

Gender and sex used to be not distinguished,
God’s good morals by Paganism extinguished.

Anti-sodomy Laws, states had throughout the land,
Atheist destruction of America, planned.

Falsely claiming others will be free to preach,
Pastor prisoner in Canada, for homosexual “hate speech”.

Anytime sinful man puts God on the shelf,
Guilt and shame are brought on by himself.

Abraham’s God, is large indeed!
Sexist for male and female – Christ did bleed!

Equal before God, with different roles,
Many perverse changes this paganism holds.

”And He answered and said, ‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE.”
MATTHEW 19:4

Jenny
28 days ago
Reply to  Bill

If you present a young and relatively unbiased human being a copy of both the bible and the origin of species, and allow them to make their own spiritual assessment of the world, the majority would recognise that all creatures are related, and that we are distant cousins with apes.

The only way to maintain your religious fundamentalists grasp over a mind is through indoctrination and fear. Both of which usually need to start young.

… hell awaits me I’m sure…

Bill
28 days ago
Reply to  Jenny

Jenny,

The eternal, Jesus Christ, you dismiss,
Yet, a feeble man, Darwin, you throw a kiss!

The Bible, with it’s prophecies galore,
Hundreds of fulfillment, a future is sure!

The, Origin of the Species, irony in it’s name,
Origin itself is what he could not explain.

For instance, the human eye, Darwin had to admit,
He had no answer how his false theory could fit!

Indoctrinated by the radical godless,
Leading the young astray, greatly they transgress.

”But I warn you who to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!”
LUKE 12:5

Jenny
28 days ago
Reply to  Bill

I must admit Bill, you would make a wonderful Bard. I’m thoroughly enjoying these rhymes :)

Bill
28 days ago
Reply to  Jenny

Jenny, hello! If you would, could you read the gospel of John, please?

Defeated Satan, the father of lies!
Yet, when it comes to deception, he is wise.

Well, let’s begin with the smallest creature then gradually to King Kong,
”Hm,m,m, look at that.” A little trickery is easy to con.

There are many types but within each kind,
Yet, they do not cross over, we must remind.

Damon
28 days ago
Reply to  Bill

I think Jenny is missing the gospel of John. They must have needed something to wipe their arse with

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Roy Whitney
16 days ago
Reply to  Jenny

That’s fine if you have no soul.

Charlotte A Mahin
29 days ago

The indoctrination of our kids started about 4 decades ago and has gotten worse every year. It all started going down hill when the feds got into our schools. Barr is right when he says without religion, our country has gone to hell and I am no Bible-thumping zealot. Kids need a compass to know what is right and what is wrong and while I think parents need to pay a big role, schools need to be there to back it up. When did patriotism become a bad thing? When the Socialist got there foot into our schools. It is disgusting that they have turned so many kids into America-hating robots and taking the pledge of allegiance out of schools was a sad thing. How can we be a strong nation when half the citizens hate it? Well, we are no longer strong, Biden and his fellow DC Communsts are making sure of that. They are now working with the CCP to change the US into another Communist strong hold. It is sad and disgusting and sickening.

Jenny
29 days ago

What about bible thumping robots? They are being to taught to be free to be themselves. Robots are programmed. Children today are being liberated from the backward programming of the bible and an outdated nationalism.

We’re building a fairer, better and more loving world. We will champion individuality and freedom of expression. Out of our victory a new nationalism will rise. We will call America sacred and believe in it with all of our hearts, for we will have delivered ourselves from the withering fingers of your oppressive Abrahamic culture.

Choose love.

Victoria Johnson
28 days ago
Reply to  Jenny

All you will have delivered to yourselves is another Godless, Communist hellhole of poverty and hopelessness just like every other totalitarian, communist country ever created on earth.
Jenny may believe she will be one of the elite masters of her future utopia but the rest of you who choose to follow her will be the peons that support her in the lifestyle to which she would like to become accustomed. Be careful what you wish for. You might get it. It will be too late to change your mind if you do. Learn the truth before you take that ‘leap of faith’ off that cliff.

Ron Howard
26 days ago
Reply to  Jenny

You seem to seek absolute freedom. Absolute freedom breds anarchism. With absolute freedom you would be free to do anything, murder, rape, theft, etc. There would be no morality. Where does morality come from, religion.

Average Joe
23 days ago
Reply to  Jenny

Before you trash the Bible, or so called bible thumpers, try the Koran on for size!?! They condone beating a woman, created ISIS, chopped heads off of innocent people, very nationalistic. Or China taking over Hong Kong, soon Taiwan. I really don’t really see that here in the US except for the woke a-hole cancel culture neo-nazis which I’m sure this too will also pass not too long from now. A lot was accomplished as a Judeo Christian nation. Certainly not a perfect flag but when you net it all out, and whether you believe in the religion or not, it’s been quite an accomplishment. Let’s welcome everyone here into the the US in the name of love and not being nationalistic. Really? You sound like some of the kumbaya hippie snowflakes I grew up with their big ideals that are now pretty freeze dried and sitting around bitching about their taxes somewhere.

Bonnie
30 days ago

I agree whole heartedly. We must start to change the narrative. This country was founded under God and it’ needs to remain that way. We do not need to reinvent who God is? Plus we would do well to get the woke Teacher union in the rear view mirror! All evil! If I had children today going to school? I would HOME SCHOOL! . My regret is ,I did not know how destructive the schools were!!! SHAME ON US!! Right under our nose!

Quanah
1 month ago

It is estimated that there are millions of paid CCP trolls on Twitter accounts. It’s fair to assume that the CCP has assigned a couple of troll battalions to post on AMAC Newsline. Judging from the disparaging remarks here about Barr & Devos it looks like we are getting our share.

Garye
1 month ago

Mike- Lead the way!
We can and WILL take back America.

CharlieSeattle
1 month ago

Remember Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy Devos? …..Few do! She resigned very early this year.

She wasted 4 years not fighting leftist and islamic indoctrination in K-12 schools and colleges receiving federal funds.

She was worthless and complicit by, OMISSION OF ACTION.

An omission is a failure to act, which generally attracts different legal consequences from positive conduct. In the criminal law, an omission will constitute an ‘actus reus’ and give rise to liability only when the law imposes a duty to act and the defendant is in breach of that duty.

Quanah
1 month ago
Reply to  CharlieSeattle

Betsy was a primary target of the teachers unions who tried to destroy her on a daily basis. She exerted herculean effort attempting to advance school choice. She is a true patriot.

Phil C
1 month ago

I can think of no better reason for school choice. Time to end government run indoctrination centers.

DKP2021
1 month ago

Parents need to take responsibility for what is taught in our schools. If the left wants to spew this crap they need to set up their own schools. The one good thing about the virus is it brought this all to light when parents could over hear what these woke teachers are spewing. So sad – teachers use to be highly respected, but now they are the scourge on society!

Average Joe
1 month ago

Looks like do nothing Barr got another free dinner and speaking engagement. He is an example of the of the uniparty we see in DC. RINOs cause the GOP to always be on the defensive, even when they had the upper hand. The Chaneys, Busheys, Roves, and Turtle McConnell are globalists who continue to let the Dems steamroll them and worse yet, try to reason with those woke a-holes. Hey Lindsay Graham , where are the subpoenas for Hunter and the Resident’s China deals? Because the RINOs stood by and let this happen, we witnessed 2 kangaroo court impeachment’s, (Patrick Leahy as the judge in #2!!!), a fake Russian hoax, illegals storming in, statehood for DC, ending the filibuster, court parking all coming soon, and Chucky Schumer threatening the Supreme Court on the abortion issue. UNITE GOP while you still can. Fight fire with fire!! It’s 50/50 in the Senate but you’d never know that with the Turtle in control.

Vin
1 month ago
Reply to  Average Joe

Average Joe; you are soooooo spot on! Keep up the good work by exposing the “Real Deal”! ???? ????????

Vin
1 month ago
Reply to  Vin

I placed a thumbs up and American Flag at the end of my reply and a series of question marks appeared.

Ron Howard
26 days ago
Reply to  Vin

It may be because AMAC still does some amount of censorship of comments.

Ron Howard
26 days ago
Reply to  Average Joe

When someone has done something in the past that you don’t like, and you cut them down when they do something good, it is like cutting off your nose to spite your face? Think about it. There were many things I did not like about Barr when AG, but it would be stupid for me to discredit what he might do that’s good.

Average Joe
23 days ago
Reply to  Ron Howard

Like what will he do good going forward? Write a book? Send a strong letter to Resident Biden in duplicate?? He totally dismissed election fraud when it happened in front of all of us? Sworn affidavits in Michigan, videoed fraud in Philly, absentee fraud in Pennsylvania, Stacey Abrams unsigned ballots in Georgia, Arizona fraud, voter machines, etc. and this lazy slob looks at us straight in the face and declares there is no election fraud. And now he’s talking. He makes me sick!!!

William B
1 month ago

Mike, I know you mean “regain our morals.” We’re gaining “Morales” by the thousands every day across the southern border. ;-)

Brad
1 month ago

God loves inbreeding! Keep it white, keep it pure. Make good white Christian babies. Inbreeding is immeasurably more holy than infusing our blood lines with satanic woke blood. God will not forgive us, keep America pure!

Lee S McQuillen
29 days ago
Reply to  Brad

You related to Hitler?

Carlton Jacobson “Jake”
1 month ago

Excellent description of the insidious ungodly indoctrination in some of our public schools by former Attorney General Barr!

Sandra Tollerton
1 month ago

This was suspected, but we who do not have children, were stymied. Conversations with the young always seemed to meet aggressive talk and them backing off and refusing to talk or listen. Thankyou for saying this out loud. Now maybe we can fights it. I have come to the conclusion that I do not pay enough attention to just what goes on.

Brad
1 month ago

‘I have come to the conclusion that I do not pay enough attention to just what goes on.’

Well you clearly didn’t pay enough attention at school did you hahahahaa. Now maybe we can fights it out?

Ever read a book over there?

Lee S McQuillen
29 days ago
Reply to  Brad

You are so petty. Got nothing better to do, huh!

Brad
28 days ago

It’s a hill billy watering hole ‘round here haha

Sharron Rutt
1 month ago

Excellent article and I applaud Mr. Bill Barr (former Attorney General) for his desire to see America remain a Free nation as stated in our Constitution and his insight. I’m retired but have grandchildren. Praying they are given the same wonderful freedoms I enjoyed and the right to believe and worship in the one true God. Parents “wake up” and come together against the Left’s new civil religion being preached daily in your public schools. In unity there is strength. May God be your strength.

P.S. Myself and my husband are now members of Amac. God bless you.

ckarg
1 month ago
Reply to  Sharron Rutt

I agree – great article. I was disappointed when AG wouldn’t investigate the election fraud but now I see he is a man of integrity. I believe God allowed it to happen to bring about something good that our country needed.

Doug Dixon
1 month ago

To further support what Barr is saying, I would suggest the purchase of a CD Named “The Agenda”. Pretty well defines a project that has been in the works for many years. We are only starting to see what the progressives have in store for us and our children. As soon as God was kicked out of the schools they were on their way to corrupt our entire society. Makes you feel good about paying ridiculous amounts of money to get your kids brainwashed. College is done so they are looking at the K-12 grades to further their progressive poison. We have to wake up and take on this corruption.

Larry Versaw
1 month ago

Barr’s recent comments to the ADF are appreciated, and spot on. Atheism, in its various forms, is the new State Religion being established in public schools and universities. My nephew Aaron Purdy did a good job of exposing this in his new book, State Religion.

Joyce Gibson
1 month ago

Barr is exactly right – but who is going to fight this? I shudder to think how our children will turn out with this type of curriculum being taught. Where are the old basics of reading, writing and arithmetic? They are rewriting history and making a mockery of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and they are not even teaching anything about World War II, the greatest generation in our country.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago
Reply to  Joyce Gibson

What we’re getting out of our schools now is a huge cadre of left thinking, socialist believing, America hating youth, who can’t make change from a dollar but can create big signs to hold in anti-American, pro BLM marches. In other words, ignorant young skulls full of mush (to coin a familiar phrase from Rush). Not sure how we can retake the necessary control over our public schools. Homeschooling comes to mind, but that is a huge responsibility for parents.

Don
1 month ago

Barr is just trying to CYA. He had the opportunity to change things but ignored them.

John W. Fisher
1 month ago
Reply to  Don

RIGHT!

William B
1 month ago
Reply to  Don

Thank you, Don. I was curious, if I was the only one wondering if this was the same Barr who slept through his time as AG!

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