1. EchtKultig says

    He could have easily issued an “I’ve evolved” statement. I see his quick capitulation as a way of saying he hasn’t. So, yes, it’s a victory in some sense, but not in others.

  2. anonymous says

    One has to wonder just how stupid it was of the Inauguration Cmte to select this guy in the first place without checking out his views on the LGBT community when they had the exact same issue 4 years ago with Rick Warren.

  3. fritzrth says

    I’ve seen no indication whatsover that Obama spoke to him to demand that he recant or change his views in anyway.

    Any speculation that this administration gave Giglio any sort of ultimatum is just that: speculation, or — given Obama’s history in exactly the same sort of situations — wishful thinking.

  4. Chitown Kev says

    I think this had much more to do with Giglio maintaining his fundie street cred than anything else.

    What little street cred Rick Warren had was lost once he performed in Obama’s first inauguration.

  5. Bobby says

    I’m with Anonymous, what kind of idiots are running the inauguration? Are they not checking anyone’s prior statements. Since President Obama is for equal rights for LGBT you’d think they would do a little home work.

  6. says

    Well done to all those who ferreted out his anti GLBT comments and exposed him. The accountability for one’s actions and statements lives on.

    At least Hagel apologised and evolved as so many have.
    Giglio is obviously unreconstructed.

  7. Derrick from Philly says

    “I’ve seen no indication whatsover that Obama spoke to him to demand that he recant or change his views in anyway.”

    So, you’ve already checked your White House sources? Ok.

  8. Paul R says

    Maybe they should just drop the entire idea of an invocation, given that we have that tiny idea of separation of church and state.

    Though I also think they should drop inaugurations for presidents entering their second terms. Waste of money. I remember getting dragged to Reagan’s inaugurations and getting special access because my father worked for a senator, and they were awful–and not just because it was Reagan. They’re all awful.

  9. Chitown Kev says

    @Paul R

    I see what you’re saying as far as dropping second term inaugurations altogether but the President is elected (not necessarily reelected) every 4 years so I have no problem with a ceremony that looks back and looks forwward at the same time.

    Now a one term, 6-year President…you could sell me on that.

  10. fritzrth says

    Derrick from Philly, have you checked with the official White House statements? I was responding to the comments that Obama had given him an ultimatum, that Obama told him to recant or he would fire his ass publicly. There have been no official news reports that that was the case, and I seriously doubt that the White House would release a report saying anything like that.

  11. Paul R says

    Of course they wouldn’t release a statement like that. They made a quiet agreement to allow him to save face. That’s how these things always play out.

    ChiTown Kev: I could see a 6-year term working out terribly in many cases. An obstructive or ineffective president from either party could cause a lot of damage. I like the idea, but neither party has exactly advanced the best candidates in recent years–and the good ones get ousted almost immediately.

  12. SFshawn says

    This is good news.
    The preacher can preach to his hate filled flock and the gay poet can speak to all Americans. Yahoo.
    Thanks for those who exposed the blatent hypocrisy of this man of GAWD! Bravo

  13. SC David says

    @ ChiTown Kev:
    One six-year term is too long for a bad president, and too short for a good one.

    It’s nice to see that at least Rev Giglio is more ethically consistent than his fellow hatemongers (Rev Warren, are you listening?). Whoever extended the invitation in the first place should be fired. Giglio has played this well and comes out as sort of the anti-Fred Phelps, a hero to anybody that dislikes same-sex marriage but finds Fred Phelps makes them uncomfortable. Since Giglio appears to have given up the PR to keep true to his values, he gains street cred to the evangelicals. Given Giglio’s emphasis on university programs promoting evangelical Christianity, he’ll likely be giving the commencement speech at Azusa, Wheaton, Holmes or ORU, possibly even fundie schools like BJU or Liberty right soon.

  14. Paul R says

    @Jamal: can you read? What exactly did I say that was offensive? Describing the views and behavior of other people is not the same as saying that I hold those views. You’ve posted far more hateful comments in the past few weeks than I have in the 6 or so years that I’ve been on this site.

  15. Bill says

    @MaryM: check out for why he was invited: “Giglio international conferences draw between 20,000 and 40,000 young Christians. This year the largely student crowd at the Atlanta conference raised $3.3 million to combat human trafficking, which went to the cities of Atlanta and Vancouver and to establish a 24-hour hotline in Greece, three hot spots for sexual and other trafficking. Passion City Church led a drive to gather more than 72,000 names on a petition delivered to President Barack Obama calling for the U.S. government to take a lead in combating sex and labor trafficking.”

    Meanwhile, his anti-gay sermon or whatever was apparently a one-time statement made in the mid 1990s (he claims 15 to 20 years ago). At that point, people were just starting to use web browsers. Whatever he said was not that remarkable for the time, given the general level of anti-gay sentiment. The result is that, not only is there a fair chance that his statement never appeared on a web site, but a good chance that if it did, there would be relatively few links to it.

    In a sense, you can blame Google’s search engine: there is no “dirt-on” switch to let you efficiently find “dirt” about someone. Obama’s committee simply didn’t find a needle in a haystack, so the “dirt” didn’t show up until the search was crowd-sourced.

  16. says

    Personally, I would prefer a non-religious invocation. A fit all type of discipline or methodology for the Inaugural Ceremony. And I would not stop there… and do away with it in Congress and the Senate and all State houses and local public meetings. If the gun lobby can use the 2nd Amendment based on our Constitution… then it’s time to enforce the Separation of Church and State as stated in OUR Constitution from this point in time of the 21st Century. It’s long over due!

  17. Diogenes Arktos says

    Many on the Religious Right are less upset by his forced step down at the hands of LGBT activists and more upset that he accepted in the first place because of the pro-LGBT policies of the administration.

    @Seattle Mike: Yes, that’s the correct Italian pronunciation. Does he actually use it?

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