US Catholic activists demand removal of
May 13, 2009
A coalition of American Catholic activists has asked President Barack Obama to remove Harry Knox from his post on the president's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, saying that public statements by Knox show him to be a "virulent anti-Catholic bigot." In a letter made public May 13, the Catholic activists cite numerous instances of "Knox's loathsome, and clearly bigoted rhetoric," and ask President Obama to "disassociate yourself from this militant anti-Catholicism." Knox, a gay-rights activists, has charged that Pope Benedict XVI is "hurting people in the name of Jesus," and the "Vatican is sending a message that violence and human-rights abuses" against homosexuals are justifiable; he said that Catholic teaching against same-sex marriage is "immoral and insulting to Jesus."
The letter to President Obama was signed by Congressman John Boehner, the House Republican leader; L. Brent Bozell, the president of the Media Research Center; Judie Brown, president of the American Life League; Phyllis Schlafly, president of the Eagle Forum; Al Regnery, publisher of the American Spectator; Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society; Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League; Father Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute; and Phil Lawler, the editor of Catholic World News.
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