05/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Tony Dungy Drops Out Of President's Faith Council

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has fumbled his invitation to serve on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, according to CBN's David Brody. A White House source tells Brody that Dungy couldn't make two of the four faith council meetings.

"Because of the time commitment needed I have respectfully declined," Dungy said in a statement to Brody.

The news should cheer the folks over at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who tsked-tsked the president for the appointment in a March 31 statement:

"Dungy, former coach of the Indianapolis Colts football team, has well-known ties with intolerant Religious Right groups. In 2007, for example, he spoke at a fund-raising dinner for the Indiana Family Institute, a James Dobson-affiliated group that opposes gay rights, reproductive rights and separation of church and state."

Dungy will work with the president instead on responsible fatherhood initiatives.

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