House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, is calling for President Barack Obama to ax a White House adviser who slammed the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict XVI, according to a report by CNS News.
Boehner wants the president to reconsider the appointment of Harry Knox to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Knox is director of the Faith and Religion Program at the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual rights organization.
A letter to the president released Wednesday describes Knox as having accused the Pope of “hurting people in the name of Jesus” of “morally reprehensible” behavior and of ”blatant falsehoods.” Furthermore, Knox has accused the Catholic Church of insulting Jesus, according to CNS News.
Knox also has called the Knights of Columbus “foot soldiers of a discredited army of oppression," according to Catholic Online.
“The Pope’s statement that condoms don’t help control the spread of HIV, but rather condoms increase infection rates, is hurting people in the name of Jesus,” Knox proclaimed just two weeks before his April 6 appointment to the council.
In 2007, Knox called it “immoral and insulting to Jesus” when the bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming instructed that an activist lesbian couple not receive Communion, according to Catholic Online.
Others joining Boehner in signing the letter included Catholic League President Bill Donohue, American Life League’s Judie Brown, and members of the Family Research Council. Knox is “unfit to serve” on an advisory board billed as fostering interfaith cooperation, the letter says.
“As Catholics, we call on you to remove Mr. Knox from his position and to formally disassociate yourself from his militant anti-Catholicism,” stated the letter, signed by 22 Catholic leaders. “Failure to do so will result in the tainting of your Faith-Based Council-and indeed, your entire administration-as anti-Catholic”
“If all Knox had done was to criticize the Catholic Church on public policy issues, there would be no problem,” said Catholic League President Bill Donohue. “But he is not content to disagree — he must demonize the opposition.”
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