CCI statement on the Obama appointment of anti-Catholic Harry Knox to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
7/16/2009 8:00:00 PM -CCI

My name is Mary Anne Hackett. I am president of Catholic Citizens of Illinois, a Roman Catholic lay organization.

I am here to protest hate speech by Harry Knox, a member of President Obama's administration, recently appointed to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Harry Knox is an anti-Catholic bigot. He has chosen to live a lifestyle described by the Church as "disordered" and by the Bible as an "abomination." Thus, Mr. Knox has taken it upon himself to lecture an organization that has brought the Good News of salvation to the world and saved civilization for over 2000 years and to criticize the Bible because he disagrees with the scriptures on homosexuality.

He has publicly referred to Pope Benedict XVI, one of the most highly respected theologians and religious leaders in the world, as a "discredited leader" and the Knights of Columbus, one of the largest charitable organizations in the world, as a "discredited army of oppression." He has accused the Pope of "harming people in the name of Jesus" because of the Pope's comments suggesting that condoms increase the spread of AIDS.

Dr. Green of Harvard University, researchers at the University of California, and an article in the British medical journal, "The Lancet," among others have agreed with the Pope that condoms have not been effective in the reduction of AIDS. The President of Uganda, the only country in Africa that has seem major reductions in AIDS cases, has confirmed that the major reduction in AIDS in that country were the result of programs promoting abstinence and fidelity, not condoms. In other words, the Pope was right.

When the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Right, CNS News, and a group of 20 prominent conservative Catholics and congressmen called on the President to remove Harry Knox from the faith-based council, the answer they received from a White House spokesperson was that the President is comfortable with the Advisory Council.

Would President Obama be comfortable with a racist, an anti-Semite, or a member of the KKK on the council or is anti-Catholicism the only bigotry that is acceptable? What kind of advice can a bigot give to a faith-based council? Do homosexual activists get a pass on "hate speech" while the rest of us are silenced?

Harry Knox must be removed from the council now!

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