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Friday, November 15, 2019

The Notre Dame Address


Was William Barr's speech a signal to people of Christian faith, for such a time as this?

Attorney General William Barr, head of the US Department of Justice, recently delivered a speech to the law faculty at the Catholic University of Notre Dame that should be required reading for all US citizens, especially high school students. 

The Notre Dame Address has caught a lot of artillery shelling. That's a good sign these days. Critical Theorists hate any hint of activism coming from the other side, and criticism is their lifeblood. Being critical is what they live for. It's the heart of the Theory itself: tearing down whatever can be torn down. 

Critical Theorists believe social "progress" will only occur when traditional norms of moral behavior are torn down to make way for a new social order to arise from the ashes. This requires relentless criticism of traditional moral structures, with the goal of total collapse from within. It's recycled Marxism. 

Mr. Barr not only explained in plain English what the American “experiment” was all about, but he put his weighty finger on the heart of the present threat of this great experiment failing, making it clear the current DOJ is fighting that threat.

He said: "I will not dwell on all the bitter results of the new secular age. Suffice it to say that the campaign to destroy the traditional moral order has brought with it immense suffering, wreckage, and misery. And, yet, the forces of secularism, ignoring these tragic results, press on with even greater militancy..."

He later declared: "The problem is not that religion is being forced on others. The problem is that irreligion and secular values are being forced on people of faith."

There's where the current DOJ comes in. 

Barr then referred to the schools as "ground zero" in the battle. That's the truth.

Is his speech a signal to people of Christian faith? I suspect it is. I also think this window will not stay open long. 

Let's not waste more time. If the next presidential election goes a certain way, we may have five years to act. If it goes the other way, we may have one year.   

The Notre Dame Address is not a quick read. I suggest you print it out and read it while taking a long bath, allowing it to soak in slowly. 

This speech may turn out to be as timely and significant as Lincoln's at Gettysburg, if people of faith will take Barr's cue

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