RFI President Emeritus Tom Farr: “Eric Adams Has a Point About Church and State”

March 24, 2023

RFI President Emeritus Tom Farr wrote an article published at RealClearReligion this week titled, “Eric Adams Has a Point About Church and State.” Farr writes:

New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ heretical views on the “separation of church and state” sparked apoplexy on the left and confirmed the authoritarian impulse at the center of sexual liberation ideology.

Speaking at a Manhattan interfaith breakfast on March 2, Mayor Adams delivered some street-wise constitutional analysis: “Don’t tell me about no separation of church and state. State is the body. Church is the heart. You take the heart out of the body, the body dies.”
Shocked by this apostasy, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote that his “alarming remarks can only give aid and comfort to right-wing Christian nationalists.” Writing for the New York Times, Dana Rubenstein described the event as “surreal” and quoted a New York rabbi who called Adams’ statement “unhinged and dangerous.”

Hizzoner had unwittingly skewered a sacred liberal cow. When religious groups oppose same-sex marriage or abortion, they are accused of breaching the wall of separation. Although Adams holds progressive views on sexual and gender autonomy, he apparently hadn’t boned up on the indispensable role played by separationism in modern identity politics.

Read the full article: “Eric Adams Has a Point About Church and State.”