Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. FFRF.org

Ex-AG Jeff Sessions fallaciously attacks FFRF

Vol. 37 No. 02 March 2020
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has taken exception to inaccurate and disparaging statements that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions made about FFRF.

Sessions described to a conservative website FFRF’s efforts to ensure the right of students to a secular public school system as “trying to intimidate people of faith.”

He also listed eight separate times that FFRF has allegedly “attacked” him. This includes FFRF pointing out that he was a poor choice for U.S. attorney general and subsequent objections of the organization to his actions that validated those initial misgivings, including his abuse of that government office to promote his personal religious viewpoints.

To give just one example, Sessions cited the New Testament, Romans 13, to rationalize the Justice Department’s separation of children from their refugee and immigrant parents. And he was provided this justification during the White House Bible Study — another constitutional problem.

“It is our right to point out that you undermined the very Constitution you swore an oath to uphold, as well as the religious liberty rights of every American who does not share your beliefs,” FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor write to Sessions.

This time around, Sessions went after FFRF for spotlighting an egregious misuse of public schools in his home state of Alabama to proselytize, with a coach dunking school athletes under his authority to baptize them “in the name of Jesus Christ.” More than 70 years of firm Supreme Court precedent bars our public schools (which exist to educate, not to indoctrinate) from engaging in such behavior, FFRF points out.

Sessions describes FFRF’s efforts to defend the separation between state and church as a “fundamental battle that is raging in America, and it is a battle that is no small matter.” FFRF agrees with that sentiment.

“Secularism in government is a precious founding American principle, and an American original at that,” states FFRF’s letter. “Your hyperbole about FFRF ‘seeking to silence the faithful’ shows that you profoundly misunderstand this fundamental concept. Every American has religious liberty, but no American has a right to a government megaphone to broadcast their religious views.”