Tony Dungy Joins Obama’s Faith Council

Tony Dungy used to be the coach of the Indianapolis Colts (and, therefore, Peyton Manning).

Now, he’s been tapped to join President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The downside: He supported a gay marriage ban in Indiana in 2007.

“We’re not trying to downgrade anyone else,” Dungy added. “But we’re trying to promote the family — family values the Lord’s way.”

The upside (rather, the neutral-side): He would be only one of twenty-five voices on the Council. Probably the most well-known one, though.

Putting Dungy on his Council won’t change much. It’s a symbolic gesture more than anything (adding yet another high-profile evangelical Christian to Obama’s collection)… but how many of these symbols do we need?

We get it. Obama’s a Christian. He listens to Christians. Why not put other representative voices on there? There’s not a single non-religious person on that Council. (Or a Mormon or Hindu, for that matter.)

There’s at least some dissent on this decision:

Said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United’s executive director, “I am surprised and disappointed that Dungy has been asked to serve on the council. His view that civil-marriage law should reflect religious doctrine is not in keeping with the Constitution.”

Added Lynn, “It is extremely important for the advisory council to uphold civil rights and civil liberties, and I am concerned that Coach Dungy is far from the best person to do that.”

Outside that, I haven’t heard much criticism of this appointment.

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