Friday, December 7, 2018

William P. Barr's "October, 2017" article in "Catholic Lawyer" is actually circa 1995

Image: Kirkland & Ellis
I am not suggesting that William P. Barr is any gift to the LGBT community. However, it is important for us to be fair and reasonable irrespective of whether or not our adversaries behave accordingly. According to Pink News:
In October 2017, Barr penned an article for The Catholic Lawyer in which he decried the attention shown to “the homosexual movement” and appeared to express opposition to LGBT+ anti-discrimination laws.
That is true. However, the article in question was not authored in October, 2017. According to a footnote on the second page:

The author is a partner in the law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge, where his practice concentrates primarily on litigation, regulatory, and administrative matters, as well as corporate investigations, compliance reviews, and independent committee assignments. Prior to rejoining Shaw Pittman, Mr. Barr served as the 77th Attorney General of the United States. …
According to Barr's bio at Kirkland & Ellis, Barr left Shaw, Pittman in 1989. Unfortunately that does not settle the issue. There are footnotes dated subsequent to 1989. The most recent is dated 1995. Barr also wrote:
Recently, in coverage of the Waco, Texas incident, many of us saw the media's subtle efforts to equate the cult in Waco with the Church.
The Waco incident ended in April of 1993. My best guess is that this article was written around 1995. That is 23 years ago and attitudes, even for a conservative Catholic, have changed. How much is anyone's guess. I am not defending Barr. I am simply trying to set the record straight.

We are not going to get an LGBTQ champion out of Trump. Not that he gives a rat's ass. He is just a panderer. I just don't think that it's time for a hair-on-fire reaction. That may come but not yet.

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