Obama brings rivals to faith-based advisory panel

A Pentecostal bishop who has challenged Democrats on abortion and a representative of a national gay rights group are among nine new members of a White House advisory council.

President Obama announced the appointments of Bishop Charles E. Blake and Harry Knox on Monday, filling out a 25-person roster that is part of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

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11 comments on “Obama brings rivals to faith-based advisory panel

  1. Branford says:

    More on Harry Knox from here – http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=46192

    . . . 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.”

    On Mar. 19, Knox told the San Francisco-based gay newspaper The Bay Area Reporter, “The Knights of Columbus do a great deal of good in the name of Jesus Christ, but in this particular case [Proposition 8], they were foot soldiers of a discredited army of oppression.”

    The newspaper further reported: “Knox noted that the Knights of Columbus ‘followed discredited leaders,’ including bishops and Pope Benedict XVI. ‘A pope who literally today said condoms don’t help in control of AIDS.’”. . .

  2. DonGander says:

    I’m really sceptical – a little sugar in the poison?


  3. Susan Russell says:

    Harry Knox is as strong, articulate and faithful a witness to the Gospel as they come — his addition to this panel is a HUGE step forward toward balancing the faith based voices represented in poliitical discourse advising the White House. [And as a happily married man (married at All Saints Church in Pasadena, I might add) he is also a great exemplar for ending marriage discrimination in this country.]

  4. Jeffersonian says:

    Mr. Knox seems to be bringing a good deal of snarling bigotry and know-nothingness to the table, #1, given that the Pope is almost surely [url=http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/article988275.ece]correct[/url] about condoms in Africa:

    [blockquote]In 2003, Norman Hearst and Sanny Chen of the University of California conducted a condom effectiveness study for the United Nations’ AIDS program and found no evidence of condoms working as a primary in HIV-prevention measure in Africa. UNAIDS quietly disowned the study. Since then, major articles in other peer-reviewed journals such as the Lancet, Science and BMJ have confirmed that condoms have not worked as an intervention in the population-wide epidemics of Africa. [/blockquote]

  5. Katherine says:

    Given the extremely wide range of views on this panel, its recommendations will be “religion at its lowest common denominator,” which may not mean very much.

  6. deaconmark says:

    Odd thing about condums is that you have to wear them for them to work.

  7. Jeffersonian says:

    [blockquote]Given the extremely wide range of views on this panel, its recommendations will be “religion at its lowest common denominator,” which may not mean very much. [/blockquote]

    Precisely. This is a federal version of the indaba group, where the cacaphony that rises from this process will be nudged, shaped and ultimately formed entirely by the “facilitators” appointed to do so.

  8. azusa says:

    ‘The Obama Indaba’ – it has a ring to it!
    I’m reminded of the Lambeth 08 joke that people would rather be in da bar than indaba. 🙂

  9. robroy says:

    Filled with abortionists and homosexualists. Anti-religion council.

  10. Katherine says:

    “Economic recovery,” Matt? I’m not sure what the panel has to say to that at all. I grant you that if those are the only goals, their achievement is less problematic; and yet, “responsible fatherhood” depends to a great extent upon the definition of the family, on which there is dissent at least from the Muslim quarter, and possibly from others. And what about “reducing abortions?” There might be significant disagreement among these disparate viewpoints on how that is to be achieved.

  11. TACit says:

    It will be very helpful if facts, as well as these ‘rivals’, are brought into this advisory panel. It is beyond dispute that Pope Benedict XVI’s statements against condom use are backed by solid evidence and research:
    in addition to the research mentioned in comments above.

    But not everyone accepts the objective facts, I guess…..