(Image source: Buzzfeed)

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS

 

The pastor chosen by President Obama to deliver his inaugural invocation has dropped out after the anti-gay comments he made a decade ago resurfaced.

Reverend Louis Giglio came under fire earlier this week after ThinkProgress reported on a mid-90s sermon he delivered in which he warns of the gay rights movement and advocates for “ex-gay” therapy.

“[H]omosexuality is sin. It is sin in the eyes of God, and it is sin according to the word of God. You come to only one conclusion: homosexuality is less than God’s best for his creation.”

In the face of mounting criticism, Giglio informed the inauguration officials of his decision to withdraw. (Video via CNN)

In a statement, he wrote:

“Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration.” (Image via GLAAD) 

The Presidential Inaugural Committee says it was unaware of Giglio’s remarks. As for the President, he reportedly chose Giglio for his work to end human trafficking.

But this isn’t the first time Obama has been associated with controversial religious figures in his presidency. At this year’s Democratic National Convention, the choice of Cardinal Timothy Dolan to lead a prayer drew some criticism for his opposition to abortion and the federal health care law. (Video via ABC)

And four years ago, gay-rights activists were enraged when President Obama selected Rick Warren, a pastor known for anti-gay rhetoric, to deliver the invocation at his first inauguration. (Video via MSNBC)

With that in mind, a writer for America Blog questions how Giglio’s remarks could have slipped past Obama’s team in the first place.

“Fast forward to January of 2013 and the second Obama inaugural.  You’d think that once-burned the Obama inaugural team would be twice shy about picking an anti-gay bigot for the swearing-in ceremony.”

The President’s pick of Cuban American poet Richard Blanco however, has drawn praise from progressive activists. Blanco is the first openly gay man to deliver a reading at a presidential inauguration. (Image via The New York Times) 

Pastor Pulls Out of Inauguration Over Anti-Gay Comments

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Jan 10, 2013

Pastor Pulls Out of Inauguration Over Anti-Gay Comments

 

(Image source: Buzzfeed)

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS

 

The pastor chosen by President Obama to deliver his inaugural invocation has dropped out after the anti-gay comments he made a decade ago resurfaced.

Reverend Louis Giglio came under fire earlier this week after ThinkProgress reported on a mid-90s sermon he delivered in which he warns of the gay rights movement and advocates for “ex-gay” therapy.

“[H]omosexuality is sin. It is sin in the eyes of God, and it is sin according to the word of God. You come to only one conclusion: homosexuality is less than God’s best for his creation.”

In the face of mounting criticism, Giglio informed the inauguration officials of his decision to withdraw. (Video via CNN)

In a statement, he wrote:

“Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration.” (Image via GLAAD) 

The Presidential Inaugural Committee says it was unaware of Giglio’s remarks. As for the President, he reportedly chose Giglio for his work to end human trafficking.

But this isn’t the first time Obama has been associated with controversial religious figures in his presidency. At this year’s Democratic National Convention, the choice of Cardinal Timothy Dolan to lead a prayer drew some criticism for his opposition to abortion and the federal health care law. (Video via ABC)

And four years ago, gay-rights activists were enraged when President Obama selected Rick Warren, a pastor known for anti-gay rhetoric, to deliver the invocation at his first inauguration. (Video via MSNBC)

With that in mind, a writer for America Blog questions how Giglio’s remarks could have slipped past Obama’s team in the first place.

“Fast forward to January of 2013 and the second Obama inaugural.  You’d think that once-burned the Obama inaugural team would be twice shy about picking an anti-gay bigot for the swearing-in ceremony.”

The President’s pick of Cuban American poet Richard Blanco however, has drawn praise from progressive activists. Blanco is the first openly gay man to deliver a reading at a presidential inauguration. (Image via The New York Times) 

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