The US Attorney General, William Barr, made an appearance at the University of Notre Dame’s law school last Friday to deliver an oddly pointed speech given his role as America’s chief law enforcement officer. He was there to talk about religion or, specifically, the “failure” of secularism to provide the things that he claimed only religion can provide. It was offered as a speech in defence of religious freedom but it read like a defence of theocracy, which nobody seemed to have reminded Barr is precluded by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Not that the old piece of parchment is doing too well at the moment…

“Among the militant secularists are many so-called progressives, but where is the progress?”