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Obama Appoints Openly Gay Man to Faith-Based Council

knox_harry_rdax_159x155The White House announced today new members of of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and among the new members is the head of HRC’s faith program. Harry Knox, HRC’s Director of Religion and Faith Program will serve a one-year term on the council, which is composed of religious and secular leaders and scholars from different backgrounds.

According tho his bio on the HRC site
, Knox has:

“Seen the creation of a national speakers’ bureau that reaches more than 10 million Americans monthly and a weekly preaching resource that provides scriptural commentary to ministers and lay people interested in an ecumenical gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender perspective on the Bible. He has also been instrumental in creating a national network for 22 progressive state clergy coalitions around the country. Knox has been featured on programs as diverse as “The Michael Medved Show,” the BBC News, PBS, NBC, CBS and national and local newspapers and has co-authored an article on GLBT issues and world religions for Conscience magazine…

Under Knox’s leadership, Georgia Equality was successful in passing the state’s first GLBT-inclusive legislation, the Georgia Anti-Domestic Terrorism Act, and in obtaining domestic partnership benefits for employees at Coca-Cola, BellSouth, Delta Airlines, Atlanta Gas Light and Cingular Wireless. He was the recipient of the 2000 Cordle Award for Promotion of God’s Diversity and Lancaster Theological Seminary’s 2005 Robert V. Moss Medal for Excellence in Ministry. Denied ordination because he is gay, Knox has taken his ministry outside the Church, speaking out for those who have been marginalized and forsaken.”

By:           Japhy Grant
On:           Apr 6, 2009
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  • 8 Comments
    • The Gay Numbers
      The Gay Numbers

      Sounds cool. However, I wish Obama would stop thinking he can split the baby.

      Apr 6, 2009 at 6:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rogue dandelion
      rogue dandelion

      every time I see something like this, it makes me wonder why we have a faith based council

      Apr 6, 2009 at 11:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • WetWaffleSlag
      WetWaffleSlag

      Is that Moby?

      Apr 6, 2009 at 11:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John in CA
      John in CA

      Most of the narratives on President Obama – Muslim Terrorist, Socialist Revolutionary, Black Panther – are a whole lot of baloney. They’re mostly unsubstantiated rumors spread by his enemies (an alliance of the insanely jealous and just plain ole insane).

      But the one that does have some truth to it is the arrogance. I think he genuinely believes he’s destined for greatness. He’s going to unite whites and blacks; men and women; Christians and Muslims; capitalists and social democrats; straights and gays; and bring balance to the force. So on and so forth.

      We shall see if it is hubris or not.

      Apr 7, 2009 at 1:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NewYorkness
      NewYorkness

      And Tony Dungy who opposes Gay Marriage quits the faith based council today…hmmmmm.. coincidence?

      Apr 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nathan
      Nathan

      @John in CA: The difference between you and Obama is that he’s out there doing something about the horrible dilemmas he’s inherited and through which we all must endure, instead of sitting around pontificating about this arrogant aspect or that hubrious construct. In my book, any and every complaint is worthless unless accompanied by a workable alternative. Stop casting stones, please, and offer something contructive.

      Apr 7, 2009 at 6:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John in CA
      John in CA

      @Nathan: It was not a complaint, dumbass.

      Apr 7, 2009 at 7:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John in CA
      John in CA

      I’ve been a firece advocate for Obama on these boards for months.

      Apr 7, 2009 at 7:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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