February 5, 2010 marked the one-year aniversary of President Obama's Faith Advisory Council, but a growing number of critics say the group is just "for show." Opponents claim faith leaders have to "water down" their religious convictions for the council, according to the Christian Broadcast Network website.
On the opther hand, the White House claims the Council has worked on important issues, ranging from the swine flu to Haiti relief efforts.
"We are fundamentally shifting what the office is all about. The previous office was about grants; ours is issues," Joshua Dubois, executive director of the Faith Council said.
Meanwhile, a member of the president's Faith Council is being criticized for his comments about the Pope. Harry Knox said the Pope is "hurting people in the name of Jesus" by not promoting the use of condoms to control the spread of AIDS. Several members of Congress are demanding Knox be removed from the Council for making this comment.