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A Letter to President Obama

The President is getting hammered on the Catholic issue again. It's not Notre Dame this time. Now it has to do with someone he named to his Faith Council.

Harry Knox from the Human Rights Campaign has said some pretty controversial things about the Pope. Now some leading conservative leaders have come together and have sent the following letter to President Obama. It was just released this morning. Read it below:

Quick comment: mark my words: one of the key religious themes of the 2012 campaign is already taking shape. We have a Catholic battle on our hands. Conservative, pro-life Catholics are going to try and label the President as anti-Catholic. Moderate Catholic groups will defend the President and his policies. The Obama team won this battle in 2008. They'll have to work overtime in 2012 to overcome a mounting offensive.

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.




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



Eileen Cubanski

Executive Director

National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS)


Bill Donohue


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




Philip F. Lawler


Catholic World News


Leonard Leo


National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

** Affiliation listed for identification purposes only


Tom McClusky

Vice President of Government Affairs

Family Research Council


Kate O’Beirne


National Review Institute


Thomas Peters
American Papist Blog


Al Regnery


The American Spectator


Patrick J. Reilly


The Cardinal Newman Society


Charles Rice

Professor, Emeritus

Notre Dame Law School


Austin Ruse


Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM)


Phyllis Schlafly

Founder and President

Eagle Forum


Fr. Robert Sirico


The Acton Institute


Richard Viguerie


American Target Advertising


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Comments on this post

# RE: A Letter to President Obama

Mr. Brody,why do you call Catholics who oppose Obama's policies "conservative" and Catholics who support his policies "moderate"? Have you gone native in the White House press corps? Did Obama indeed win the battle in 2008 for the votes of churchgoing Catholics or was his margin predicated on mere quasi-ethnic
"Catholics"? Are Catholics who support Obama's policies--in favor of abortion, scientifically obsolete stem cell research, and governmental endorsement of the mortal sin of homosexual fornication--not at the very least "liberal" or in the serious Catholic context "heterodox" or "radical"?
Left by conceptualclarity on May 16, 2009 5:29 AM