Update: There is a copyright issue with the video. I think that surprised even some in the news media. Fortunately, this post includes a link to the text of the speech.
Update 2: Found a different version of the video. Not sure how long it will be out there. Stop the video and restart at the beginning. Barr’s speech runs about 38 minutes. There is some stuff at the end, and that is where the people who posted the video want you to start. Don’t know what it is or why it is there. Admittedly, I don’t have time to listen or read every aspiring talking head, and I immediately discovered I did not like either the humor and the language. I also prefer to debate the issues, not the nature of my political opponents. As the Apostle Paul said, none of us is good. Only God is good. So why bother?
Update 3: This looks more like the university’s official video.
The video below is shows Attorney General William Barr making a speech at Notre Dame University. Best copy I could find. I wanted the whole speech without distracting frills, and this was it. I don’t know anything about News Supreme, and I have not got anything to say about INFORWARS. All I know is that nothing is free. People use videos to advertise.
So why bother listening to the Attorney General?
I read The Washington Times regularly. So, I found out about Attorney General William Barr’s speech in this article, ‘Organized destruction’: William Barr blasts ‘militant secularists’ over assault on religion (washingtontimes.com). Since Barr is our Attorney General, I was curious if Barr had actually made such a speech. So I listened, and I thought it was great!
Prefer to read? Here is the text, Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks to the Law School and the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN ~Friday, October 11, 2019 (justice.gov).
Sadly, what Barr had to say actually is controversial. It should not be so, but it is. Think not? Read some of these commentaries.
- William Barr’s right about left’s designs on religious freedom (washingtontimes.com)
- God Is Now Trump’s Co-Conspirator (nytimes.com)
- Is this Attorney General William Barr’s cry for help? (tampabay.com)
- Devine: William Barr explains how people who hate religion are ruining our country (nypost.com)
- Column: Attorney General William Barr to nonbelievers: Go to hell (chicagotribune.com)
- William Barr’s Wild Misreading of the First Amendment (chicagotribune.com)
- William Barr’s Wild Misreading of the First Amendment (newyorker.com)
I went out of my way to find commentaries critical of Barr’s speech. Many were laudatory, but those were in the relatively small number of Conservative publications. What many Conservatives did was complain about the Liberal Democrat reaction. What Liberal Democrats did was react angrily or ignore Barr’s speech. Generally, when the news is favorable to the Conservative cause, Liberal Democrats try to suppress it by ignoring it.
So did Barr say anything mean, bigoted, or untrue? Listen to or read his speech. Then consider that it is an important policy statement coming from the top guy in the Department of Justice. Is Barr advocating a theocracy or the protection of our most important First Amendment right? Listen carefully and then decide for yourself. If you are a good citizen and you care about your family, friends, and neighbors, then you have a duty to listen to Barr’s speech. In addition, you have an obligation to share Barr’s speech with others.