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Boehner Says White House 'Anti-Catholic Bigot' Should Resign

BY Tim Drake

| Posted 2/5/10 at 11:42 AM

 

Minority Leader John Boehner (R.-OH) said yesterday that Harry Knox, who serves on the president’s faith-based advisory council, should resign.

As you can see in the accompanying video, CNSNews.com asked Boehner whether he believed Knox should resign.

“He should resign. And I have agreed to sign a letter,” said Boehner. “We can’t have in the White House an anti-Catholic bigot, and that’s what this gentleman appears to be.”

It’s not Boehner’s first letter. Last May, Boehner signed a letter with nearly two dozen prominent Catholics calling on President Obama to remove Harry Knox from the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships because of his history of anti-Catholic statements.

Boehner’s response comes on the heels of Knox’s statement that Pope Benedict XVI is “hurting people in the name of Jesus,” because the Holy Father does not support the promotion of the use of condoms as a means to stop the spread of HIV.

Knox has a history of publicly criticizing the Church. Earlier, he described the Pope as a “discredited leader” and the Knights of Columbus as a “discredited army of oppression.” In 2007, he said that the Catholic Church had committed an act that was “immoral and insulting to Jesus,” by denying the Eucharist to a lesbian couple in Wyoming.