Robert H. Knight
Robert H. Knight (born April 23, 1951) is an American conservative writer and activist. He was a draftsman of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the barred federal recognition of same-sex marriage. DOMA was invalidated by the Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor (2013). He is senior fellow of the American Civil Rights Union and a regular columnist for The Washington Times. He was senior writer for Coral Ridge Ministries (now D. James Kennedy Ministries) and director of the Culture and Media Institute, a project founded in 2006 by the Media Research Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Knight has also served as director of the Culture & Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America.
Knight worked as an editor and writer for the Los Angeles Times and was a 1989-1990 media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He was a senior fellow for cultural policy studies at the Heritage Foundation before becoming director of cultural studies at the Family Research Council.
Knight is a social conservative. He is an outspoken opponent on same-sex marriage and civil partnerships and has written prolifically on that topic. He believes that recognizing same-sex couples "will destroy marriage" and "would threaten families, children, and ultimately civilization." In 1995, Knight accused the Log Cabin Republicans, a group of gay Republicans, of being a "small group trying to harness government power to force affirmation of unhealthy, immoral and destructive behavior." Knight has asserted that "The end goal of gay activism is the criminalization of Christianity" and has accused some activists of advocating pedophilia and attempting to recruit youth. He has referred to abortion, pornography, and gay rights as part of an "iron triangle." In the aftermath of the 1998 torture and murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student, Knight denounced the murder but opposed proposals to extend hate crime laws, believing them to be "the precursor toward thought crimes."
Knight is the author of several works:
- Fighting for America's Soul: How Sweeping Change Threatens Our Nation and What We Must Do (2009, updated in 2010, by Coral Ridge Ministries at coralridge.org)
- "Radical Rulers: The White House Elites Who Are Pushing America Toward Socialism" (2010, Coral Ridge Ministries at www.radicalrulers.com)
- "The Silencers: How Liberals Are Trying to Shut Down Media Freedom in the U.S." (2010, Coral Ridge Ministries)
- "The Truth About Marriage", (2010, Coral Ridge Ministries), co-author of "Ten Truths About Socialism" (2010, Coral Ridge Ministries at www.dangersofsocialism.com)
- The Age of Consent: The Rise of Relativism and the Corruption of Popular Culture, published in 1998 and 2000 by Spence Publishing.
- U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
- Morahan, Lawrence (August 1, 2001). "Getting to the Truth About Moral Relativism". CNSNews.com. Archived from the original on August 21, 2007.
- "Robert H. Knight". Concerned Women for America. October 10, 2002. Archived from the original on August 17, 2010.
- "Leadership and Staff". American Civil Rights Union. Retrieved May 12, 2011.
- "CMI Staff". CMI. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
- Robert H. Knight, "How Domestic Partnerships and 'Gay Marriage' Threaten the Family" in Same Sex: Debating the Ethics, Science, and Culture of Homosexuality (ed. John Corvino: 1997) (Rowman & Littefield: 1999 paperback ed.), p. 391.
- David W. Dunlap, For Gay Republicans, the Ideological Sniping Comes From Both Camps, New York Times (October 4, 1995).
- Knight, Robert H. (2003). "Talking Points on Marriage: Giving "gay" relationships marital status will destroy marriage". OrthodoxyToday.org. CWFA. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
- Robert H. Knight, "How Domestic Partnerships and 'Gay Marriage' Threaten the Family" in Same Sex: Debating the Ethics, Science, and Culture of Homosexuality (ed. John Corvino: 1997) (Rowman & Littefield: 1999 paperback ed.), p. 289
- Robert Boston, Close Encounters with the Religious Right: Journeys Into the Twilight Zone (Prometheus Books, 2000), p. 46.
- David A. Neiwert, Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America (Palgrave Macmillian, 2004), p. 106.
- Knight, Robert H. (2008-04-13). "Right Diagnosis, Wrong Remedy". The Washington Post. p. B6. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
- Morahan, Lawrence (2001-08-01). "Robert Knight: Getting to the Truth About Moral Relativism". Cybercast News Service. Retrieved 2010-11-22.