By Kathleen Gilbert
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 20, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A member of Obama’s Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships advisory board has stated that one of the main challenges in promoting "responsible fatherhood" in America will be to dismantle a perception that fatherhood is "heteronormative" - i.e., that heterosexuality is the norm.
In addition to his role on Obama’s faith advisory board, Knox is the director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual activist group.
"Responsible fatherhood offers us an immense opportunity to speak to a real need in the country," Knox said in a May 11 PBS interview. "It’ll be challenging to do that in a way ... not to sort of hold a heteronormative view of fatherhood up as the only model."
Knox claimed that 25% of gay male couples in America "are raising children - their own and other people’s."
"Challenges will be all of us getting to know what fatherhood means for us and how to talk about it in a way that is as inclusive as possible, and as empowering as possible for all fathers," he said. Knox mentioned that he has suggested that the advisory council investigate "mentoring processes" that have been developed to help homosexual men raising children.
"The president has been very clear with us that he expects us to get along and to work together on these several initiatives, and I think it will be relatively easy to do," he later added. (To watch the PBS video of Knox’s remarks: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/blogs/one-nation-religion-politics-2008/harry-knox/2930/)
Last week, several leading American Catholics, including House Republican Leader John Boehner, Catholic League President Bill Donohue, American Life League’s Judie Brown, and members of the Family Research Council issued a letter to Obama urging Knox’s ouster from the advisory group. In addition to his numerous positions that run directly contrary to traditional moral values, Knox has on several occasions severely criticized the Pope and the Catholic Church.
Knox has said he stands by previous comments calling Pope Benedict XVI "morally reprehensible" for not supporting the use of condoms. An open homosexual, Knox called a Cheyenne, WY bishop "immoral and insulting to Jesus" for instructing that an activist lesbian couple not receive Communion.
He also labeled the Catholic fraternal group, the Knights of Columbus, "foot soldiers of a discredited army of oppression" for supporting Proposition 8, California’s true marriage amendment.
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