Monday, April 06, 2009

Obama Names Pope-Basher to Faith-Based Initiative Board

From Cybercast News Service:
(CNSNews.com) – 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.

In addition to his remarks about the Pope, Knox also criticized the Catholic Knights of Columbus as being “foot soldiers of a discredited army of oppression” because of the Knights’ support of Proposition 8. The latter was a ballot initiative that amended California’s state constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman, and passed in November 2008.

Knox told CNSNews.com that he “absolutely” stands by his criticism of the pope.

"The Pope needs to start telling the truth about condom use," Knox said on Monday, Apr. 6. "We are eager to help him do that. Until he is willing to do that and able, he's doing a great deal more harm than good -- not just in Africa but around the world. It is endangering people's lives.”


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9 Comments:

At 4/07/2009 9:03 AM, Blogger DP said...

Oh, don't be a Calvinist, Jay.

Thoughtful Catholics are embracing a new paradigm these days.

I mean, you haven't even bothered to find out what his position on farm subsidies is.

Besides, we should be able to honor him for his other accomplishments, this irrelevant kerfuffle about the Pope aside.

 
At 4/07/2009 9:56 AM, Blogger DP said...

Besides, he probably doesn't sing "Battle Hymn of the Republic," which is much more important.

Oh, and while I think you would normally agree with the sentiment about BHotR, you might feel a twinge of sentiment in favor of the song should you peruse a certain group blog today.

 
At 4/07/2009 10:27 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Actually, I like Battle Hymn of the Republic, notwithstanding my Southern roots (although I think it's stupid that the University of Georgia uses it as a fight song, given what Sherman did to that state).

One of the greatest honors of my life was singing Battle Hymn of the Republic with the Baylor Men's Glee Club when President Reagan visited Baylor in 1988.

 
At 4/07/2009 12:07 PM, Blogger Michael R. Denton said...

Yeah, when Georgia came to play LSU this year and I heard their band strike that up, I was very confused. I didn't know whether they would start playing "Hey Fightin Tigers" next.

A bunch of SEC schools I've heard strike it up, though thank be to God LSU is not one of them, which ironic considering Sherman was LSU's first (or one of the first) Presidents

 
At 4/07/2009 9:12 PM, Anonymous Vox Cranky said...

Typical Americanism on display here. In Europe they have moved past this Calvinistic notion that one ought to be respectful of the Church, but unfortunately you right-wingers - I won't call you conservatives because I'm the conservative even though you would call me liberal, but that's another stupid Amercanist trick to confuse things - can't get past it.

What needs to be understood is the hermeneutic of disestablishmentariansm that was elucidated by Charles the Fat in his treatise, EGO have an auris contagio. If you illuminated upon these scriptings, you would more ably understand that the expression of displeasure herein made by the august Mr. Knox is simply a challenge to the gluttonous perversion of paradox.

In other words you guys are all just idiots.

 
At 4/08/2009 5:50 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

LOL!

 
At 4/08/2009 10:50 AM, Blogger DP said...

Cranky drains the three.

 
At 4/10/2009 11:57 AM, Anonymous MAS1916 said...

There is something ironic about all this.. Obama wins the Catholic vote despite his abortion rights stand. Yet Catholics are outraged? Hey folks... this is no surprise! you voted him in.. now live with him.

If the Church believes that life is the single most significant value to uphold, the rest of this simply isn't as important.

 
At 4/10/2009 12:35 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

I seriously doubt any of those commenting on this post voted for him. I know I didn't.

I reserve my right to be outraged when he does something outrageous.

 

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