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Obama Inauguration Pastor Gave Anti-Gay Sermon, and His Father Created the Chick-fil-A Logo


Jeremy Hooper at Good as You dug up this tweet from August from Louie Giglio, the pastor giving the benediction at Obama's inauguration.

GiglioBut that's the least of the problems. Think Progress has unearthed a rabidly anti-gay sermon that Giglio, pastor of the Georgia-based Passion City Church, delivered in the mid-90's.

They write:

The 54-minute sermon, entitled “In Search of a Standard – Christian Response to Homosexuality,” advocates for dangerous “ex-gay” therapy for gay and lesbian people, references a biblical passage often interpreted to require gay people be executed, and impels Christians to “firmly respond to the aggressive agenda” and prevent the “homosexual lifestyle” from becoming accepted in society.

These are among the gems:

Gay people are going to Hell:

(47:40) First Corinthians, Chapter 6. In verses nine and 10, it talks about the things that prevent people from entering the Kingdom of God. It talks about all kinds of immoral behavior. And right in the midst of that passage, right in the middle of that verse it says “and those who are homosexual.” It’s clear.

Gay people can become straight through Christianity:

(40:25) As the church of Jesus Christ, we cannot sit on the sidelines, we cannot sit back inside our churches, but we must reach out and we must aggressively move toward the homosexual community because we have a message and we’ve got something to say… our message is we know Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is powerful enough to do anything and to do everything. And the only way out of a homosexual lifestyle, the only way out of a relationship that has been engrained over years of time, is through the healing power of Jesus.
(43:16) We’ve got to say the homosexuals, the same thing that I say to you and that you would say to me… it’s not easy to change, but it is possible to change.

You can read more, and listen to the full sermon at Think Progress.

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  1. Oh, God, here we go again--that Rick Warren sh.t again. Why couldn't SlimJim have chosen a decent Imam to do the f.ckin' benediction?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 9, 2013 2:34:14 PM

  2. Is there a petition yet?

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 9, 2013 2:41:00 PM

  3. i'm seeing two sides:

    one side makes me feel like i want to puke.

    the other actually takes joy that a right-wing bigot is, for lack of a better word, going to have to be *forced* to give a country-wide blessing for the term of a President who is going to continue advancing LGBT Equality.

    am i thrilled with this choice? nope.

    but it's like when Toronto's embarrassing mayor got his B.S. called and he showed up to read the city's proclamation in support of the LGBT Communities. Sure, he didn't believe it. But he still had to say it.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 9, 2013 2:43:49 PM

  4. Oh for f*cks sake! It's the Rick Warren thing all over again. Surely it can't be THAT hard to find a preacher who isn't an anti-gay sh*t-weasel!

    Is his staff incapable of doing background checks on these tools or is this yet another example of Obama trying to "reach across their aisle" to people who have done NOTHING but spit on him (and gays) since the day he took office? I'm getting really sick of this sh*t.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 9, 2013 2:45:58 PM

  5. Caliban, I think you hit the nail on the head. I wish Obama would figure out those on the other side of the aisle will always hate him, not matter what. He could rescue a hundred puppies from a fire and they would find something to complain about. There are literally thousands of pro-gay clergy in this country. Pick one of them.

    Posted by: KT | Jan 9, 2013 2:49:23 PM

  6. Blood From a Stone.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 9, 2013 2:50:26 PM

  7. Nobody who believes that Christians are inherently superior to non-Christians should be delivering any sort of "sermon" at a US President's inauguration.

    Posted by: Scott Rose | Jan 9, 2013 2:54:30 PM

  8. you gotta love, too, that his bible includes the decidedly 20th-century term "Homosexual"

    that's pretty darn funny.

    historical context, involving a knowledge of world languages, world religions, world history, and the evolution(s) of society make it pretty darn clear that the chapters in Corinthians are talking about pederasty, and the practices of both male prostitution in temples and and the act of soldiers raping male soldiers to make them "their women"

    but hey, that would require an education and it's just way easier to pick up a locally-located "translated for idiots" bible and pretend it's the infallible word of god.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 9, 2013 2:55:59 PM

  9. This is pretty sad.

    Posted by: C.J. | Jan 9, 2013 2:57:12 PM

  10. I was disappointed that Think Progress didn't ask for comment from the Obama administration.

    Posted by: Butch | Jan 9, 2013 3:01:11 PM

  11. This is ridiculous without a current quote from the man
    What he said was pretty standard for the mid nineties. If he has stopped saying it and has come around he is a good choice to speak
    If he is still saying it Obama needs to dis invite him

    Posted by: Bob | Jan 9, 2013 3:10:15 PM

  12. This is no big deal; he will say a few innocuious things and then be forgotten. Or, he will say something homophobic and become a national shame. in either case, we win.

    Posted by: Gestly | Jan 9, 2013 3:13:03 PM

  13. And WHY would there ever be an 'inauguration pastor' in the first place?

    Posted by: WebHybrid | Jan 9, 2013 3:17:08 PM

  14. Could we have expected anything less of our moderate, "let's-find-common-ground", bi-partisan President? Of all the wonderful, eloquent, spiritually-mature men and women who toil the Fields of Faith, Mr. Obama chooses this scoundrel.

    Well, just add this vile, evangelical reprobate to the list of bad choices (this is No. 3, the 1st being John Kerry for Secretary of State and the 2nd being Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense) that Mr. Obama has made at the start of his 2nd term.

    No, I am not optimistic for the next four years.

    Bad choice, Mr. President.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 9, 2013 3:17:34 PM

  15. This is nothing to get in a tizzy over. I'll reserve judgement on the pastor until I hear what his CURRENT thoughts are as opposed to something he said from the 90s.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jan 9, 2013 3:22:43 PM

  16. While the '90s sermon was as described (anti-gay), I would like like to know, as the article mentioned, "...whether this sermon represents Giglio’s current thinking [and actions]."

    And, for those that will say that it does not matter what his current thinking is, I offer up the Clintons and the admiration they receive from the LGBT community.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Jan 9, 2013 3:23:28 PM

  17. The fact Obama shacks up with these rapid homophobes doesn't speak highly of him. At all.

    Louie Giglio pings BIG TIME.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 9, 2013 3:23:40 PM

  18. He tweeted this in August 2012! He was purposefully thumbing his nose at gays by pointing out his father's logo. No mistaking it. Obama should certainly review his decision to invite this man to supper.

    Posted by: shane | Jan 9, 2013 3:25:39 PM

  19. Barney Frank could give the benediction and I would still be checking Facebook while he spewed the fairy tale verses.

    Also, telling an atheist (gay or not) they are going to hell is like a kid telling an adult there is no Santa Clause.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Jan 9, 2013 3:33:58 PM

  20. There is nothing inherently bad about the logo. It is the person's (or people) policies/positions that is the problem -- not the logo. There are a number of companies (with TM logos) that have changed their policies, for the better, concerning gay rights while retaining the same TM.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Jan 9, 2013 3:36:38 PM

  21. comrade, you just have me a woody.

    it's also like when some bigot throws "c*cksucker" at you as an insult. oh boo-hoo! he called me a name that describes my favourite activity!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 9, 2013 3:38:34 PM

  22. Actually, my second choice to give the benediction would be a Muslim imam. My first choice would be, yes, the Great Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

    Those Tea Party f.ckers would be shattin' over America. (thanks for the word "shat", Kiwi. It's much more dignified than poopoo).

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 9, 2013 3:42:09 PM

  23. "The fact Obama shacks up with these rapid homophobes doesn't speak highly of him. At all."

    When are you folks ever going to understand that whatever support Obama has given to gays has been motivated entirely by political self-interest rather than by his own convictions?

    He does the minimum he has to to keep gay votes--and especially gay money--on his side....and now that he is freed of the need for either, given that he cannot run for elective office again, you are seeing his true colors ("No" to an executive order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, etc.)

    His heart simply is not with gay people and never really has been.

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 9, 2013 3:43:08 PM

  24. @Belthazar, no, logos aren't inherently ideological (not usually anyway), but Chik-Fil-A was in the news as a defiantly anti-gay chain when Giglio proudly pointed out that his father created their logo.

    That certainly implies his views are in agreement with Chik-Fil-A's.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 9, 2013 3:47:59 PM

  25. Better than Mittens.

    Posted by: doug | Jan 9, 2013 3:53:51 PM

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