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Obama's Hard "Knox" For Faith-Based Groups

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Here we go again. President Obama’s brilliant strategy for reaching faith-based groups to strengthen community work is to appoint a church defamer as one of his advisors. Pro-homosexual activist Harry Knox of the Human Rights Campaign is one of President Obama’s latest appointments to join his Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Among Knox’s many credentials is the fact that he accused Pope Benedict XVI of “insulting Jesus,” saying the Catholic Church is “hurting people in the name of Jesus” and promoting “violence and human rights abuses” against homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders.

Wow! Hurting people in the name of Jesus? Is that what the president believes? You would think President Obama would respect the Catholic Church’s work against poverty or its stand against racism. Yet with this appointment he insults not only Catholics but all Christians.

Knox’s insults offend all Christians because they came as a result of the Catholic Church refusing to join a United Nations resolution requiring that countries treat all “sexual orientations” equally. And any Christian with an understanding of what “sexual orientation” means would have to oppose such a resolution.

Sorry Mr. Knox, Christians cannot support pedophilia. It should not be treated “equally.” Does that mean we advocate “violence” against pedophiles? No.

What it really comes down to is that Mr. Knox is a committed homosexual activist, not a spiritual leader. What is he doing working in this council?

If President Obama was not aware of Mr. Knox’s vitriolic comments, then he should have a serious talk with the staffers who suggested him because they are making the president look really bad.

Although Knox is not the only advisor the President has appointed in this area, the fact is that naming him was unnecessary. There are plenty of well-qualified people that the president can call on who have not insulted Christians. There may even have been some respectful homosexuals he could have appointed if he just wanted “diversity” in his council to placate to some of his homosexual campaign supporters.

But appointing Harry Knox to a faith-based council is like appointing George Tiller to a pro-life council.

That is the reason why it looks like the President did this intentionally. It looks like he knew what Harry Knox stood for and was fine with it. The President should remove Mr. Knox from his advisory position and repudiate the malicious comments Knox has made against the Catholic Church. He should not reward religious bigotry with a presidential appointment.

In his statement announcing the faith-based council, President Obama said “the change that Americans are looking for will not come from the government alone.” Actually, it will not come from the government at all.

“Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice for man comes from the Lord”
-(Proverbs 29:26).

That is why it is so important for the President to be especially careful in this area. Removing Harry Knox from this position will show that the President respects the work of faith-based organizations and is serious about working with us, not against us.

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