Boehner Calls on Other Congressmen to Object to Obama's Catholic-Bashing Adviser
May 14, 2009 - 6:58 PMHouse Republican Leader John Boehner (R.-Ohio) said yesterday that he hoped other members of Congress would object to an Obama adviser who has made repated attacks on the Catholic Church.
On Wednesday, Boehner signed a letter with nearly two dozen prominent Catholics calling on President Obama to remove Harry Knox from the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships because of his history of anti-Catholic statements.
At a press conference Thursday, Boehner repeated his call and urged other members of Congress to raise objections about Knox's appointment.
“I just think that the appointment of Harry Knox to head the office of Faith-Based Activities, considering his anti-Catholic rhetoric over the years, is inappropriate and that’s why I signed on to the letter,” Boehner told CNSNews.com during his weekly press conference.
“I would hope that more members of Congress would raise objections as well.”
Knox is the director of the Faith and Religion Program at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a homosexual rights organization. Knox has said, among other things, that the pope’s view on condoms was “hurting people in the name of Jesus,” and that the Catholic Church's denial of communion to a “married” lesbian couple was “immoral and insulting to Jesus” and an “act of spiritual and emotional violence.”
Further, Knox said that by not supporting a U.N. resolution that called for decriminalizing homosexuality and equating all sexual orientations, the Vatican was “sending a message that violence and human rights abuses against LGBT people are acceptable.”
Knox has also called Pope Benedict XVI a “discredited leader” and described the Catholic Knights of Columbus a “discredited army of oppression” because they supported a California ballot initiative to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Obama named Knox to his advisory council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on April 6. CNSNews.com previously reported that the letter Boehner signed called on President Obama to remove Knox.