In a scathing critique of trends in education as well as in society as a whole, former Attorney General William Barr this week posed the question of whether it is advisable – or even constitutional – to continue funding public schools with tax dollars, as the Washington Examiner reports.
During a speech in which he accepted the Edwin Meese III Award from the Alliance Defending Freedom, Barr warned Americans to take heed of what he called the “secular progressive orthodoxy” that has taken root in the country’s public education system, something he describes as “totally incompatible with traditional Christianity and other major religious traditions in our country.”
The former AG argued that religion has been intertwined with education throughout the history of the Western world and that increasingly pervasive secular ideologies promoted by leftist elites are disrupting that critical link. “They are inherently bound together,” Barr declared in reference to religious thought and traditional pedagogy, adding, that “the whole idea of trying to separate them is actually a fallacy.”
As such, Barr claimed, “the time has come to admit that the approach of giving militantly secularist government schools a monopoly over publicly funded education has become a disaster,” as Fox News noted. Taking his argument a step further, Barr stated, “it may no longer be fair, practical, or even constitutional to provide publicly funded education solely through the vehicle of state-funded schools.”
Bolstering Barr’s take was his assessment of critical race theory (CRT), which has permeated public and private school curricula with increasing vigor in recent years. Calling it “nothing more than the materialist philosophy of Marxism, substituting racial antagonism for class antagonism,” he opined that CRT “posits all the same things as traditional Marxism,” and therefore has no place in America’s classrooms.
Weighing in on public school materials in which students are taught that they are free to decide for themselves whether they are male, female, or non-binary, Barr lamented that “this is not established science,” but instead is the “moral, psychological, metaphysical dogma of the new orthodoxy.”
Noting that concepts of this nature were not widely promulgated in America’s public school system until relatively recently, they have since become deeply entrenched in a startling number of jurisdictions and represent “a broadsided attack on natural law.”
Barr has long been an outspoken proponent of religious liberty protections, with the Department of Justice under his leadership filing numerous briefs and engaging in other forms of advocacy on behalf of worshippers who fought back against restrictions placed on in-person services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With a rising chorus of parents across the country now organizing to fight back against the radical agendas infiltrating their children’s schools, it appears that Barr’s remarks are indeed in sync with far more Americans than the media, teachers unions, and far-left lawmakers would have the citizenry believe.