Hattip to Jay Anderson at Pro Ecclesia. With a sense of irony I would admire under other circumstances, President Obama has appointed anti-Catholic bigot Harry Knox to the Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Mr. Knox is a gay-rights activist and detests the Catholic Church. These stories here, here, here, and here have some interesting quotes from Mr. Knox.
Now why would Obama, other than the fact that I am sure he agrees with him, appoint a man like this to a position where he is sure to be a lightning rod for criticism? Here are some of the reasons I can think of:
1. Poor staff work.
2. Living inside of an ideological bubble where Knox is just repeating what everyone believes.
3. A deliberate slap in the face to the Catholic Church.
4. A belief that Catholics in this country will take any insults without kicking up a fuss.
5. Total arrogance.
6. With Notre Dame honoring him with a commencement address and an honorary degree, Obama might reasonably conclude that he has a stronger following among Catholics in this country than the Pope does, and that he can do whatever he wants and many Catholics in the US will cheer.
It’s going to be a very long four years fellow Catholics. Hope and Change.