post by John Hoff
What do you get for the person who has everything? How about a totally unique gift? A singing telegram by convicted child molester Kennedy Barber?
Beyond a doubt, Kennedy Barber has a beautiful voice and is a skilled musical artist. I understand this was also true of Lucifer...
Two recent blog posts that I wrote about Kennedy Barber (click here and also here) were the result of a discussion that took place on North Talk, which began with a simple question: Why is a convicted pedophile hanging around children?
There seems to be a sudden neighborhood push around this issue. JNS blog didn't start this push and, frankly, I don't know where it came from but I was happy to jump into the fray and start blogging about this topic. At some point I will grow tired of Kennedy Barber when I have exhausted the wealth of easily obtainable information about this convicted child molester who has, amazingly, created a relatively high profile for himself in the community.
In my opinion, convicted child molesters should take up solitary activities like gardening and walk down the street with their head hung low, hoping to God in heaven that no hostile glance is directed their way. Sex offenders should not thrust themselves into roles like, oh gee, singing at a child's birthday party or being involved with a drill team composed of minors, minors, minors.
This is incredibly suspicious activity. As alcoholics should avoid bars, so should pedophiles avoid children. AND WHEN THEY DO NOT, a public outcry and shaming is in order.
Kennedy Barber's crime is molesting foster children. But he has already paid for that crime. Well, technically he hasn't because there are still big fat civil judgments outstanding, but in terms of the criminal conviction, yes, he has already paid.
Normally this blogger wouldn't give a damn about a sex offender who falls short of the category of Level Three. But suddenly a bunch of people in the community have seen fit to ask "WTF," and everybody knows JNS blog is always prepared to ask "WTF?"
So I thought it would be fun to gather up the various YouTube videos of "Kennedy Barber The Signing Pedophile" for, um, what? Listening pleasure?
Well, Barber is truly a great singer but it's very odd to listen to his skillful musical expression and at the same time to be aware of who the man is and what he has done. Lyrics, for example, about how God has been better to (the singer) than his friends take on whole new layers of meaning. A woman who laughingly says she will "kill" the people who hired the signing telegram is clearly joking, but how would she feel to find out she was actually the recipient of a singing PEDOPHILE telegram?
Here are some videos. Judge for yourself.
Sings like an angel?
Or sings like one of the angels that rebelled against God and followed Lucifer?
Above, Barber signing at what is described as a surprise 70th birthday party for somebody's uncle.
Here, Kennedy Barber is one of the soloists during a musical performance at New Salem church. What I find fascinating are Barber's animated facial expressions during the performance of the singing who precedes him. He appears to be "lavishing compliments with his face" upon the other singer's abilities. This is a man who has incredibly developed social skills; the sort of person anybody would think was "nice" and would let down your guard.
Here is another performance, this appears to be more informal and possibly a dress rehearsal, but it's the same church and, actually, it's the same song: I Believe.
Personally, I Believe that pedophiles singing in church choirs is perfectly OK as long as it's not a BIG FAT SECRET who they are and what they've done. I'm far more concerned with Barber's other activities, but these church choir videos provide useful visual identification. It also tells us a lot about a church that allows a sex offender to play such a prominent role in church activities. I Believe there is a fine line between "God's forgiveness is available to all" versus "Well, since the man is forgiven let's put him right out in front." Once upon a time, people who committed great and terrible sins but then found God were content to put on sackcloth and ashes and tend to beehives with the other monks, heads hung low in humility. Now sinners think they're entitled to commit the ultimate crime of molesting children and then judge drill team competitions.
This is not service to God. This is suspicious predatory behavior.
In the video above, singing "Don't Be Discourage" which I assume is actually "Don't Be Discouraged," note corrected typo.
I BELIEVE God hates typos. It was, after all, Jesus Christ who said "For verily I say unto you, Til heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
God desires and demands accurate transcription. I'm just saying.
Here is a video of the song More Than Enough, the title of which cues me that half a dozen videos of Kennedy Barber is indeed plenty.
I leave this blog post with a question. It might be the same question readers would ask of me.
Why now? Kennedy Barber has been involved in various community activities for a long time. He has created a prominent profile, even singing the national anthem at an event sponsored by our state's governor to celebrate MLK Day. Why, suddenly, is somebody making noise about this issue in a Facebook forum?
I do not ask this question to assign blame. God knows I am in favor of outing pedophiles who are involved in suspicious activities. But I'd like to know how it is that a widespread "conspiracy of silence" suddenly fractures, and information pours forth like waters from behind a ruptured dam. What causes a movement like that? What factors are at play?
And how can this be more widely applied to other child molesters living "out in the open" and other issues that need a public airing?