March 3rd, 2010 by M. French

Last year, Harry Knox, Director of the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign, was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and subsequently drew criticism from Catholics for referring to the Pope and some Catholic bishops as “discredited leaders.” Below is a debate Dr. Brown had with him in 2008.


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You can purchase the debate on DVD here, or the entire 2008 lecture series including the debate here.

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May 13th, 2009 by M. French

Harry Knox, Director of the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign (watch a debate between Dr. Brown and Harry Knox here), is in hot water after comments he made against the Catholic Church.

In 2007, Knox said in reference to an outspoken lesbian Wyoming couple being refused communion at a Catholic church (an act which is commendable Biblically, see 1 Cor 11:27-29):

“In this holy Lenten season, it is immoral and insulting to Jesus to use the body and blood of Christ the reconciler as a weapon to silence free speech and demean the love of a committed, legally married couple. The Human Rights Campaign grieves with the couple, Leah Vader and Lynne Huskinson, over this act of spiritual and emotional violence perpetrated against them.”

In 2009, Knox reacted to the Vatican’s opposition to an initiative to decriminalize homosexuality by stating:

“As faith leaders we were shocked by Vatican opposition to this proposed initiative. By refusing to sign a basic statement opposing inhumane treatment of LGBT people, the Vatican is sending a message that violence and human rights abuses against LGBT people are acceptable. Most Catholics, and indeed most Catholic teachings, tell us that all people are entitled to live with basic human dignity without the threat of violence. The Catholics we know believe that Scripture asks us to be our brother and our sister’s keeper. Many are speaking out against this immoral stance in the name of religion.”

A call has been made from Catholic leaders to have President Obama dismiss Mr. Knox from his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Community Partnerships:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500-0003

Dear Mr. President,

On April 6, you named Harry Knox to your Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. You claim to have created this Council, among other things, to “bring everyone together – from both the secular and faith-based communities.”

Harry Knox is the hate-filled antithesis of this noble objective. Knox is a virulent anti-Catholic bigot, and has made numerous vile and dishonest attacks against the Church and the Holy Father. He has no business on any Council having to do with faith or religion.

We do not know if you or members of your Administration were aware of Knox’s deplorable, abusive attitude towards the Church and Pope Benedict XVI when you named him to the Council. We assume you were not. But since then, there have been numerous press reports on Knox’s loathsome, and clearly bigoted rhetoric, so there no longer is any excuse for your failure to act. We can remain silent no longer.

As Catholics, we call on you to remove Mr. Knox from his position and to formally disassociate yourself from his militant anti-Catholicism. Failure to do so will result in the tainting of your Faith-Based Council—and indeed, your entire administration—as anti-Catholic. We urge you to give this matter your immediate consideration.

Sincerely,

John Boehner
House Republican Leader
Member of Congress

L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

Judie Brown, President,
American Life League, Inc.
Stafford, VA

Larry Cirignano
Catholic Activist and Founder
CatholicVote.org

Eileen Cubanski
Executive Director
National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS)

Bill Donohue
President
Catholic League

Chuck Donovan
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council

Deacon Keith A. Fournier
Editor in Chief, Catholic Online
Founder, Common Good

Deal W. Hudson
Director
InsideCatholic.com

Philip F. Lawler
Editor
Catholic World News

Leonard Leo
President
National Catholic Prayer Breakfast
(Mr. Leo’s affiliation is listed for identification purposes only)

Tom McClusky
Vice President of Government Affairs
Family Research Council

Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)

Kate O’Beirne
President
National Review Institute

Thomas Peters
American Papist Blog

Al Regnery
Publisher
The American Spectator

Patrick J. Reilly
President
The Cardinal Newman Society

Charles Rice
Professor, Emeritus
Notre Dame Law School

Austin Ruse
President
Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM)

Phyllis Schlafly
Founder and President
Eagle Forum

Fr. Robert Sirico
President
The Acton Institute

Richard Viguerie
Chairman
American Target Advertising

Instances of Harry Knox’s Bigotry

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