Almost a year ago, on April 16, 2008, I made my first, and to date only, trip to Washington DC and that was in order to attend the White House welcoming ceremony for the visit by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on April 17. Yes, it was literally a special “once-in-a-lifetime” event. Heck, Newt Gingrich has credited it with being a major factor in his recent conversion to the Catholic Church.
I’m also a Knight of Columbus in the Fourth Degree.
According to Harry Knox, President Obama’s controversial appointee to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, I suppose that I am persona non grata. Even worse, I guess for Knox I’m just this side of the Nazi Party or Ku Klux Klan.
Ummm, I can fully understand President Obama wanting to have a diversity of opinion represented upon this 25-member panel but is this really the best you can find Mr. President?!
Have a happy & holy Easter!
A representative of a national gay rights group who was appointed by President Obama to a White House advisory council this week once described Pope Benedict XVI and some Catholic bishops as “discredited leaders” because of their opposition to same-sex marriage.
Harry Knox, director of the religion and faith program at Human Rights Campaign, a Washington-based gay rights group, lambasted the prelates in a gay newspaper last month for their support of Proposition 8, the successful November ballot measure that made same-sex marriage unconstitutional in California.
Knox told the Bay Area Reporter that the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic fraternal service organization, were “foot soldiers of a discredited army of oppression” for their role in the campaign, saying the group “followed discredited leaders,” including bishops and Pope Benedict.
Knox is among the 25-member advisory council that is part of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.