Image

1:51 AM / Wednesday October 23, 2019

14 Jan 2013

Breaking news: Inaugural pastor withdraws over anti-gay remarks

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
January 14, 2013 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Rev. Louie Giglio.

(Photo Credit: 268Generation.com)

 

By Rachel Zoll

Associated Press

 

The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after remarks he made two decades ago condemning the gay rights movement surfaced.

 

The Rev. Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta said in a statement he withdrew because it was likely that the “prayer I would offer will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration.”

 

Addie Whisenant, a spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, said the committee had chosen Giglio because of his work to end human trafficking.

 

“We were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments at the time of his selection and they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural,” Whisenant said in a statement.

 

The liberal website ThinkProgress posted audio of the sermon Wednesday. In the talk, which the pastor said he gave 15 or 20 years ago, Giglio cited Scripture and called same-sex relationships sinful and an abomination. He warned congregants about what he called the “aggressive agenda” for acceptance of the “homosexual lifestyle.” And he recommended the writings of an advocate for therapy that aims to convert gays and lesbians into heterosexuals. Repeatedly in the sermon, Giglio urged congregants to welcome gays and lesbians to the church and said God loves them.

 

In Thursday’s statement, Giglio said “speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past 15 years.”

 

Image

Obama’s inaugural planners have put an emphasis on reflecting diversity in the festivities, including the participation of conservative Christians and gay Americans. Obama personally selected Richard Blanco, whose work explores his experience as a Cuban-American gay man, as the inaugural poet. And the Lesbian and Gay Band Association of St. Louis was one of the first selections to march in the inaugural parade.

 

An inaugural official said the Presidential Inaugural Committee vetted Giglio. But their statement said they didn’t know about that particular sermon. Whisenant said the committee was considering others to deliver the benediction at the Jan. 21 event.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Freedom Quest

Looking for an antidote for Ferguson-like political impotence: Compulsory voting

October 18, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email Remembering  SUN founder and publisher J. Whyatt Mondesire, his life and legacy during...

Commentary

A Millennial Voice: Gretel Munday – From Essex to the Stage

October 18, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Gretel Munday By Danae Reid Gretel Munday’s fiery red hair and...

Color Of Money

Investing tips for smart and steady growth

October 18, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT From mobile deposits to apps that transfer money in the blink of...

Oasis

‘Our rights come from God Almighty’: President Trump reassures Christians at Values Voter Summit

October 18, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email by Mikaela Mathews ChristianHeadlines.com contributor  President Donald Trump appealed to Christian leaders this...

Food And Beverage

Five ways to celebrate everyday occasions

October 18, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT If you look at most people’s calendars, the days that stand out...

Go With The-Flo

The Apollo Theater has added additional casting for the encore production of staged adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me”

October 18, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Ta-Nehisi Coates By Florence Anthony On October 7, the New York...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff