Donald Trump continues his assault on “the truth” and he has plenty of help from the Religious Right. Not only is Vice President Mike Pence fighting to bring his extremist views to the masses, but Trump’s own nominee for Attorney General is up to the same type of batshit crazy agenda.
Jeff Sessions is not only an alleged racist, he is also engulfed fully in religious extremism at every possible opportunity.
Here’s a speech Sessions delivered 2 years ago (and dug up by Jay Michaelson of The Daily Beast). He was receiving an award from far-right activist David Horowitz, where he claimed that “freedom of speech” depends on one’s ability to ascertain “the truth.”
Here’s a quick excerpt from his ridiculous secular bashing speech:
“And if you don’t believe there’s a truth, you don’t believe in truth, if you’re an utter secularist, then how do we operate this government?” Sessions said. “How can we form a democracy of the kind I think you and I believe in… I do believe that we are a nation that, without God, there is no truth, and it’s all about power, ideology, advancement, agenda, not doing the public service.”
During his confirmation hearing no senators brought up this questionable speech during the vetting process.
While plenty of elected officials may hold similar beliefs, Sessions is a nominee for attorney general, the chief law enforcement officer in the country. His comments raise questions as to which set of “truths,” religious or secular, would motivate his Justice Department’s decisions on which laws to prosecute, which liberties to protect, and which interpretations of legal and constitutional texts to adopt.
Indeed, to describe freedom of speech as being about “ascertaining the truth” flies in the face of 200 years of Supreme Court precedent, which protects artistic expression, commercial speech, and free expression of all types, regardless of whether they are intended to ascertain the truth.
Given the position Jeff Sessions will lord over for at least four years, his remarks deserve closer examination and the vetting process should stop this dangerous man in his tracks — but it won’t.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.