WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, released the following
statement today in response to President Obama's appointment of Harry
Knox to the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood
"For years the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives has made available
taxpayer resources to private faith-based organizations who offer
critical support to their local communities.
"Unfortunately, the President's recent appointment to his advisory
council makes a mockery out of the religious beliefs of countless
Americans. This selection furthers the divisive politics the American
people have rejected and the President promised to abandon. Appointing
a man who has publicly attacked the Pope and other religious leaders for
their support of traditional marriage is deeply offensive to millions of
Americans and the faith-based community he is appointed to serve.
"I call on the President to withdraw this appointment and select a
person who can serve the faith-based community with the respect and
dignity it deserves."