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Lynn v. Sekulow

Barry, I’m surprised you vigorously oppose former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy joining the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  You cite his religious beliefs about marriage.  Would you have a different opinion if Dungy supported same-sex marriage?  

As you indicated, you believe this council is an ‘unnecessary body.’  That’s fine.  But, don’t disqualify someone like Dungy from serving in an advisory capacity because of his religious beliefs on marriage.  President Obama has promised diversity and there are reports that a member of the Human Rights Campaign is among those being invited to join the council.

Even the White House announcement about this faith-based project – asserts that the council “will work on behalf of Americans committed to improving their communities, no matter their religious or political beliefs.”

Dungy has a long track record of being involved in projects that improve communities.  He’s been active with many charities – including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, prison ministries, local food banks, the United Way, and the American Diabetes Association.  

Sounds l ike the perfect person to be part of an advisory panel on faith-based and neighborhood partnerships.

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