Nothing this President does surprises me when it comes to religion, especially when considering that he sat for twenty years in a Marxist and racist church. Also, when one considers how eager he was to point out to the world that America is not a Christian nation, the thought that he would place a “Pope bashing” activist on his Faith Based Council is not shocking. As a gay Christian, I am appalled that this man has been chosen for this position. Yet again, I am being represented by a libtard gay activist extremist. That is why I am so vocal about being gay. It is not because I want to shove it down people’s throats, I want them to realize that there are many gay people out here like myself that are conservative and Christian and just want to live their lives with the freedom that this great country affords us – at least presently. I am not a Catholic and so I do not feel the same way that Catholics feel about the Pope but I still treat him with reverence and respect.
House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence has called on the President to withdraw the appointment of this gay activist to the White House advisory council on faith-based programs because the activist has called the Pope a “discredited leader” in the past and has attacked other Christian leaders. Rep. Pence said, “Appointing a man who has publicly attacked the pope and other religious leaders for their support of traditional marriage is deeply offensive to millions of Americans and the faith-based community he is appointed to serve. I call on the president to withdraw this appointment and select a person who can serve the faith-based community with the respect and dignity it deserves.”
The activist’s name is Harry Knox and he had told a Bay Area Reporter, a San Francisco-based gay newspaper: “The Knights of Columbus do a great deal of good in the name of Jesus Christ, but in this particular case, they were foot soldiers of a discredited army of oppression.” He was referring to Prop 8 which I did not support.
I am no fan of Rick Warren, but Harry Knox’s criticism of him went too far as well. Knox said on the PBS News Hour in December that Warren “has in fact leveraged homophobia to get ahead in his career. … This is the worst possible choice the president could have made. This is a divisive choice. … We said to the president-elect today in very strong language, the strongest we can think of and be respectful of the office, you have really slapped us. And we want you to think about that and think very hard what your actions will be going forward because this very symbolic, early decision has sent the exact wrong message.”
Actually, Mr. Knox, you are the worst possible choice the President could make.