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Giglio: 'Agenda' Would Overshadow Inauguration Prayer

Giglio2Rev. Louie Giglio has released a statement on why he stepped down from his position as the official inauguration pastor. According to him, a shadowy "agenda" threatened to distract from and "dwarf" his appearance.

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.

Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ.

The inauguration committee, under fire for selection Giglio in the first place, has also released a statement, this one insisting they were unaware of Giglio's past anti-gay comments:

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. Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part for his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world. As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.

Sheesh, first Chuck Hagel and now Giglio. Obama's vetting teams are slacking in the post-reelection enviornment.

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  1. It's very telling that he completely fails to say anything about having changed his mind, which would be the first thing he'd say if he didn't still believe what he said all those years ago. Until proven otherwise, we have every reason to assume he still holds those views.

    Posted by: Lymis | Jan 10, 2013 12:39:39 PM

  2. So this guy said something 15-20 years ago which may or may not be his position today and we can't give him the benefit of the doubt? POTUS evolved, why can't others?

    Posted by: CGD | Jan 10, 2013 12:42:07 PM

  3. Clearly, his use of "agenda" indicates his views are unchanged.

    I don't know why the Obama people (campaign administration, two inaugural teams) continue trying to reach out to the unreachable religious right. It's a total waste of time. But if they're going to continue in futility, they could at least try using Google now and again.

    Posted by: K in VA | Jan 10, 2013 12:43:17 PM

  4. I give them credit for acknowledging that he doesn't represent their views instead of going with the old "We stand by our choice, he would have been great, but we accept his decision."

    Posted by: Cal | Jan 10, 2013 12:44:52 PM

  5. Of course he still holds those views. No one who uses the word "agenda" supports gay rights.

    Also, he looks like an annoying person who would be dwarfed in any case. The inauguration committee must be low-level staffers if this is the best vetting job they could do. Or they're lying. I would think the CIA or FBI would have to run a check on everyone before they could be asked to be a major speaker, and his past comments certainly would have been noted.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 10, 2013 12:45:13 PM

  6. Bigots so love to use the word "agenda."

    Posted by: Bryan | Jan 10, 2013 12:51:51 PM

  7. Yep, so another way of saying "if you wondered whether I'm a self-hating closet case, I am". Listen to the first few moments of him speaking:

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jan 10, 2013 12:52:17 PM

  8. They should ask Bishop Desmond Tutu to do the inauguration prayer.

    Posted by: CGD | Jan 10, 2013 12:52:48 PM

  9. I guess when they want my opinion they'll give it to me, but why does there have to be a prayer at all at a secular ceremony?

    Posted by: Butch | Jan 10, 2013 12:55:08 PM

  10. @ CGD :

    You're kidding ?
    This guy is unrepentant, unreconstructed, unapologetic, unevolved.......
    In that part of his message, "their agenda", to what do you think he's referring ?
    As for the vetting committee; Res Ipsa Loquitor.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 10, 2013 12:56:46 PM

  11. Again with the moronic last lines, Belonsky. Hagel's comments were well-known to the Obama folks before his nomination; Giglio's comments apparently were not. If you're going to attempt to conclude your posts with witticisms, why not try to have them make sense?

    Posted by: Ha! | Jan 10, 2013 1:02:14 PM

  12. Again with the moronic last lines, Belonsky. Hagel's comments were well-known to the Obama folks before his nomination; Giglio's comments apparently were not. If you're going to attempt to conclude your posts with witticisms, why not try to have them make sense?

    Posted by: Ha! | Jan 10, 2013 1:02:15 PM

  13. This was supposed to be a kumbayah moment where a gay poet and an anti-gay pastor were supposed to meet each other and peaceably disagree, or something. Now what?!

    Posted by: Andy | Jan 10, 2013 1:16:44 PM

  14. I can't wait til' the Drug Addicts start shoving their immorality, venom & hate down our throats like these homosexually obsessed bloggers do, this country will b SUCH a better place. This is a MORAL issue. Face it, you're not born gay. There's just too much evidence the other way - Elton John, Anne Heche, Lindsay Lohan, Cinthia Nixon, M. Stipe, Ricky Martin - all ur posterboys (& girls) are flip-floppers! Do what u do n private, but don't demonize the rest of us b/c we don't agree w/ Dung-Hole Worship.

    Posted by: Tj | Jan 10, 2013 1:18:53 PM

  15. Oh, I can smell the conservatives making this guy a can already tell he is setting himself up to be the victim.

    Posted by: C.J. | Jan 10, 2013 1:19:26 PM

  16. And 'gay' is about the worst misnomer I could possibly think of. I mean how many 'happy' 50-60 somethings, homosexual men do you know? Most (in fact all of MY friends that age) are totally miserable & depressed because their 'community' has totally shunned them. The young bucks detest them & just want them to go away. They are totally alone. I wish it wasn't so, but the homosexual lifestyle is an unfortunate, lonely trap. There's no pot of gold

    Posted by: Tj | Jan 10, 2013 1:20:24 PM

  17. TJ,

    What a load of nonsense; did you leave your brain in the toilet bowl this morning-as usual?

    I challenge you to take a trip down heterosexual way and you will see an equal amount of lonely and suicide-prone "50-60" somethings!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Jan 10, 2013 1:32:26 PM

  18. Yes, it's so wrong to make a focal point of the man of God having spewed hatred against his fellow human beings in the past. It just ruins the party altogether!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 10, 2013 1:32:41 PM

  19. "Most (in fact all of MY friends that age) are totally miserable & depressed because their 'community' has totally shunned them."

    Ok, now tell us about the Gay ones.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 10, 2013 1:33:17 PM

  20. "Sheesh, first Chuck Hagel and now Giglio." .... Andrew, sorry but you are by far the worst voice on this blog. Your failure to understand the Hagel situation is proof.

    Posted by: reality | Jan 10, 2013 1:35:34 PM

  21. And, TJ, while you are reaching deep in that toilet bowl full of your brown brain matter, you might want to read-up on bisexuality.

    For your information, all credible scientific studies prove that sexual orientation is genetically based. And, occurs in an equal percentage amongst all PRIMATES!

    A$$ HOLE!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Jan 10, 2013 1:35:56 PM

  22. @Inauguration Committee

    "We were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments..."

    BS. If you weren't aware, you weren't doing your job. If you're not vetting the people you're asking to participate, you have no business planning the inauguration. You're either incompetent or you're lying. Or both.

    Posted by: fritzrth | Jan 10, 2013 1:41:55 PM

  23. Again, please, everyone: ignore trolls.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 10, 2013 1:51:58 PM

  24. So the committee made a mistake. But they recovered nicely. Indeed, the episode is a good example of the administration's values.
    As for comparing Hagel with Giglio, forget it. Hagel sounds to me like a realist, a long lost type in the Republican Party. The pick was smart, because he represents Obama's policy, and because he might be an example to the nutjob wing of what the Party used to be.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Jan 10, 2013 1:56:36 PM

  25. Obama wants to find a popular Christian pastor who can be at his inauguration. Most popular Christian pastors believe that the Bible is the inerrant actual Word of God, and as such, also believe that any sex outside of heterosexual marriage is a sin. Gigglio is a very popular Christian pastor of a nearly 7,000 member church that has global impact. The numerical and spiritual decline of liberal/moderate Christianity means that the center of Christianity today is very evangelical and theologically conservative. Moreover, the large majority of Christian pastors agree with Gigglio on this matter. It will be very hard for Obama to find a popular Christian pastor of Gigglio's stature in Christianity that does not share the same theological view of human sexuality. His views are well within the mainstream of Christianity.

    Posted by: Jake | Jan 10, 2013 1:57:43 PM

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