Separation of Church and State is Important, Mr. Sessions.

Separation of church and state is a cornerstone of classical liberalism which this country was founded on, but our nominated Attorney General thinks that 95% of the nation is Christian and that we should rule based on "Christian principles," whatever those are. (Which denomination? Which sect? Which congregation? Which pastor will rule over us, Senator?)

If you make laws or promote a religion in a governmental capacity, you are on the road to becoming a theocracy again. Do you want to take a look at the theocracies of history to see why they never work out? How does Iran look? How about North Korea, a secular personality cult? What about a Christian nation, the likes of which could start using the bible to justify burning witches or leading inquisitions? Ever heard of the Salem Witch Trials?

Senator Jeff Sessions does not believe in separation of church and state,
and many allegations have been made against him regarding
racist comments he has allegedly made while serving as a government official.
It doesn't matter what your religion is, whether it's Islam, Christianity, Jainism or Buddhism. Your religion is not what our government is based on. Our government is based on ideals from the enlightenment, and we have a secular constitution, which was one of the first in the world to base a nation on anything other than religious or divine principle. When you base your constitution on something unproven and irrational like "faith" which is entirely relative to whoever has power and has no real tenets, instead of rationality and evidence, you will always end up worse for it.

Washington Post writes about racist comments that the Senator has made in the past, either in poor jest or in sincerity - neither of which is very compelling reason to affirm him as Attorney General. Among them, he is alleged to have called an African-American coworker "boy" in a condascending manner, he has personally confirmed that he said he "thought the KKK was OK until I learned they smoked pot," and more - his defense is either "I never said that" for some, or for most, "I meant it as a joke." If a Senator made horribly racist jokes in such a manner as to be later brought up during a Senate hearing, this is not very responsible of him or her, and it is telling of either his character and outlook on life, or his responsibility when using his tongue - both of which, I argue, to be important for a Senator.

Senator Sessions is currently still being grilled by the US Senate before confirmation as US Attorney General under President-Elect Donald Trump, and although his record seems to indicate racial insensitivity at the very least - or racial hatred - he most definitely and categorically is against the separation of church and state.

Regarding the recent allegations against Senator Sessions, Senator Booker has just testified against Senator Sessions being affirmed as the Attorney General - and gave a very eloquent speech, bringing up the fact that Booker and Sessions have even worked together on similar legislation and been amicable towards one another.

Senator Corey Booker, testifying on Wednesday, against
the affirmation of Senator Sessions for Attorney General.
Credit: CNN

What do you think of his nomination as Attorney General, readers? Is this a good decision or bad, and why?


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