Dungy Asked to Join Faith-Based Council

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President Obama has invited former NFL coach Tony Dungy to join the White House's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

"He was invited and has not yet made a decision about whether or not he will accept," Todd Starowitz, a publicist at Dungy's book publisher, Tyndale House Publishers, told The Christian Post on Tuesday.

Dungy is an outspoken Christian and has been involved with many charities, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, prison ministries and local food banks. He previously served on President George W. Bush's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

In 2006, Dungy supported efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana.

"We're trying to promote the family-family values the Lord's way," Dungy told a crowd while accepting an award from the Indiana Family Institute in 2007.

Dungy became the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl three seasons ago. He retired from the Indianapolis Colts football organization in January to spend more time with his family.

He and his wife, Lauren, attended President Obama's inauguration and observers had speculated he would join the administration in some capacity.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is criticizing Dungy's selection to the council.

"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," The Rev. Barry Lynn said in a statement.

The White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will be responsible for dispersing government funds to religious and neighborhood groups engaged in social service work.

Source: The Associated Press, Christian Post

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