WHAT IS NEWT GINGRICH TALKING ABOUT?…. The White House unveiled its final list this week of the 25 members of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. There’s at least some ideological and spiritual diversity — including more than a couple of conservatives. Indeed, most of the council members aren’t even pro-choice.

But the White House also picked a gay guy for the council so some conservatives are throwing a fit. A certain former House Speaker is leading the charge.

Newt Gingrich said Tuesday the Obama administration is “intensely secular” and “anti-religious,” the former House Speaker’s second hard-hitting criticism of the new administration this week.

In an interview with FOX News, Gingrich said he strongly disagreed with Obama’s choice of Harry Knox — an outspoken activist for gay rights — to the White House advisory council on faith-based initiatives.

“I think their goal is to have a very secular America in which government dominates everything,” he said. “Why wouldn’t you put an anti-religious, left-wing zealot on a faith-based group? It’s a perfect pattern for this administration.”

Since 2005, Knox has served as the director of the Human Rights Campaign, a national organization that advocates on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. He is also a former Methodist pastor.

Gingrich does find the strangest things to whine about. Conservatives are very well represented on this advisory council — by some measures, the right is over-represented on the panel given that this is a left-leaning Democratic president. Ideology aside, the council has obviously religious figures — priests, rabbis, pastors — from a variety of backgrounds.

But the president picks the director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program — who happens to have experience as a Christian minister — and all of a sudden, it’s evidence of the White House’s “anti-religious” agenda? Please.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.