HRC’s Harry Knox Reflects on Year on President’s Faith-Based Council
March 22, 2010
HRC Religion and Faith Program Director Harry Knox has an op-ed up on Advocate.com reflecting on the last year as one of two openly gay members of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He writes:
When President Obama was inaugurated, he inherited a faith-based initiative that was distrusted by many Americans, including many LGBT folk. Many frankly questioned whether faith-based organizations should be conduits for provision of services that make up the fabric of the social safety net. The president believes that the government can’t do everything; it doesn’t have the infrastructure, cultural competency, or the relationships required to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of the most vulnerable among us. The government works best in coalition with other organizations that spring from and understand local constituencies and issues. Many of the organizations that do have the necessary cultural competency and that are already providing otherwise secular services in local communities are faith-based organizations.