Gay voice on the faith-based advisory board

Posted on 06 Apr 2009 at 1:39pm

The Human Rights Foundation has just announced that Harry Knox, director of religion and faith issues for the foundation, has been asked to join President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, an interfaith council of religious and secular leaders and scholars.

The council will 25 members, each of whom is appointed to a one-year term. The president signed an executive order on Feb. 5 to establish the new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, created to allow religious and community leaders to make policy recommendations to the president’s Cabinet secretaries and each of the 11 agency offices for faith-based and neighborhood partnerships, according to the HRC press release announcing Knox’s appointment.

The president has come under fire in the LGBT community recently for meeting with and asking for input from religious leaders, including some folks like Dallas’ Bishop T.D. Jakes whom many consider to be very anti-gay.

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