Legendary Rev. Barber Blasts the NRA and Calls for 'Moral Revolution' in Powerful DNC Speech (Video)
When legendary civil rights activist Rev. William Barber introduced himself Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention as a "liberal evangelical biblicist," he acknowledged that it was a description that "may sound strange" in a political society where religious conservatism is often equated with the right wing. But Barber's poweful speech revealed a possible path to sway evangelical right-wingers from voting for the Republican presidential nominee.
Barber also blasted police brutality, the NRA and trickle-down economics. But he also spoke on a need for a "moral revolution" and renewed faith in each other and government.
"We need to heed the voice of the scriptures. We need to listen to the ancient chorus in which deep calls unto deep. The prophet Isaiah cries out, 'What I'm interested in seeing you doing,' says the Lord, 'as a nation is pay people what they deserve, share your food with the hungry. Do this and then your nation shall be called a repairer of the breach,'" the Reverend said.
The conservative faith leader then reminded the audience, "Jesus, a brown-skinned Palestinian Jew, called us ... to preach good news to the poor, the broken and the bruised and all those who were made to feel unaccepted. Our Constitution calls us to commit our government to establish justice, to promote the general welfare to provide for the common defense and to ensure domestic tranquility. Now, to be true, we have never lived this vision perfectly, but this ought to be the goal at the heart of our democracy."
Acknowledging that he "might not normally be here" at the DNC, "but when I hear Hillary's ... positions, I hear and I know that she is working to embrace our deepest moral values, and we should embrace her."
Without mentioning Trump directly, Rev. Barber dovetailed with Clinton's message in her acceptance speech Thursday by saying, "Let me be clear, that [neither] she, nor any person can do it alone. The watchword of this democracy and the watchword of faith is we."
Clinton called for her audience not to "believe anyone who says 'I alone can fix it.' Yes, those were actually Donald Trump's words in Cleveland. And they should set off alarm bells for all of us."
And while she pointed out that it takes so many people to make progress (teachers, entrepreneurs, the military, police), Rev. Barber wove faith in as another way to be inclusive in the campaign.
And for anyone at home still committed to Trump, Rev. Barber had a message for them, too: "I say to you tonight, that some issues are not left versus right or liberal versus conservative—they are right versus wrong."