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Anti-Gay Pastor Louie Giglio Removes Self From Inauguration Line-Up

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ABC News journalist Jonathan Karl reports that Louie Giglio, the anti-gay reverend chosen to deliver the benediction before President Obama's inauguration, has been removed from the program. And apparently it was his decision.

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  1. Sic semper tyrannus.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 10, 2013 1:34:49 PM


  2. Boy oh boy oh boy oh boy, I can't stop grinning.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 10, 2013 2:08:19 PM


  3. I can hear God sobbing.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 10, 2013 2:09:33 PM


  4. @ 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.

    Posted by: SC David | Jan 10, 2013 2:21:05 PM


  5. @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.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 10, 2013 4:25:49 PM


  6. Why was this monster invited in the 1st place?

    It is simply unacceptable for the Obama administration to be inviting extremists like this.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 10, 2013 7:10:50 PM


  7. @MaryM: check out http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2013/01/08/passion-city-pastor-to-deliver-benediction-at-obama-inauguration/ 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.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 10, 2013 7:34:26 PM


  8. 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!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Jan 11, 2013 7:43:57 AM


  9. 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?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 12, 2013 10:29:14 PM


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