"...President Barack Obama has named to the federal government's faith-based initiative a gay-rights activist who, last month, described Pope Benedict XVI and certain Catholic bishops as 'discredited leaders' because of their opposition to same-sex marriage.
"Harry Knox, who is a newly appointed member of Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is the director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual activist group...." (Chicago Daily Observer)
Not everybody's happy with Mr. Knox.
"Newt Gingrich said Tuesday the Obama administration is "intensely secular" and "anti-religious," the former House Speaker's second hard-hitting criticism of the new administration this week...." (CNN)
Harry Knox Anti-Religious? I Don't Think SoWith due respect to Mr. Gingrich, I disagree with his evaluation of Harry Knox.
From what I've read, there's little doubt that Mr. Knox is not in solidarity with the Holy See on a few issues, but I have no reason to doubt that he has deeply held religious values. Values, anyway.
Not All Religious People are ChristiansI am quite willing to believe that Mr. Knox sincerely and deeply believes in principles. His writings make that fairly obvious. He may even believe in a deity. And he quite likely shares with many successful people a religious attention to detail.
Personally, I'm disappointed in the appointment of Harry Knox: but not at all surprised. What is interesting about the current situation is that conventional Protestant Christians are in the same boat as those Catholics. That seems to have been happening more often lately - but that's just my impression.
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