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

    Rick, why are you suddenly speaking about yourself in the third person.

    They'd better take you back to your room now. You've spent enough time on the computers at Bellevue's Library.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 9, 2013 3:57:54 PM

  2. @Caliban: I understand your position and the implication of the "timing" of his tweet, which is why I will follow TP for an answer to their question as to his current thinking (before receiving invitation).

    Posted by: Belthazar | Jan 9, 2013 4:03:12 PM

  3. Yes. OK. Let's wait to see what this closet case says. Because I'm expecting it will be likely very anti-gay, and then what? Obama will be pressured to let him go. What happens if the President doesn't do it?

    At the very least, this wasn't very well thought out.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 9, 2013 4:10:28 PM

  4. "Better than Mittens"


    Oh, yes, indeed!

    On the other hand, A Gay Latino Poet Is To Read At the Inauguration!:

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Jan 9, 2013 4:14:18 PM

  5. 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

    MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY! I doubt Obama is this "postmodern" but his choice almost has a sublime element of humor in it. Given he's done 10X more for gay rights than any other president (if you count preventing Romney from being elected, 20X as much) I'm not bothered at all.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jan 9, 2013 4:30:54 PM

  6. Obama probably doesn't even know anything about the guy. Somebody else picked him. The President has more important stuff to focus on.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 9, 2013 4:44:05 PM

  7. Obama is up to his old tricks again. He's working us over like he's done from day one. The man has no principles. His views are a movable object.

    Posted by: stephen lucas | Jan 9, 2013 5:06:15 PM

  8. How did a Protestant pastor get the name Louie Giglio anyway ??!

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 9, 2013 5:21:31 PM

  9. Two things happened today that are unlikely to happen again - perhaps ever. One, a pro-gay president picked an anti-gay minister to speak at his inauguration (in the future everyone will have to at least give lip-service to gay equality or be considered beyond the pale), and two, Little Kiwi has seen two sides to an issue (and THIS won't happen again because,'s Little Kiwi, we should be surprised enough that it happened even once!

    (just kidding, Ray. I enjoy your blog and Youtube videos.)

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 9, 2013 5:24:52 PM

  10. Om my GOD! Surely not?!?! This pastor gave an anti-gay sermon in the mid 90's and his dad created the Chik-Fil-A? We should stone him now!!!

    C'mon gang. Let's not forget what the world was like in the mid-90's. Everybody and their brother were anti-gay in the mid 90's. Look at how far we've come since that time. And the fact that the guy's dad created a logo shouldn't mean a darn thing.

    I feel the same way about this as I do when a Republican's campaign manager is outed and people call for his ouster because he's gay. That is wrong, because if the campaign manager is qualified, his sexuality should have no bearing on his professional qualifications.

    But if we want that to be true, we have to respect things the other way. This guys is a qualified member of the clergy. He's hardly Fred Phelps. If we want society to support us, we need to be ready to let at least a little of the 'sins of the past' go, don't we? Or am I crazy?

    Posted by: Scott V | Jan 9, 2013 5:27:49 PM

  11. Why shouldn't kiwi express seeing more than one side to an issue ? He's on this blog as way more than one person.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 9, 2013 5:28:30 PM

  12. "This guys is a qualified member of the clergy. "

    And what "qualifies" a cleric? A lack of rational thought? An ability to believe in magic? The ability to speak at length without saying anything sensible? The ability to fill the air with sound and fury meaning nothing? I guess the Pope wasn't available on short notice, probably supported Romney anyway.

    As long as Obama makes him eat crow publicly, that will be fun to watch. Maybe chick fil A will put crow on its menu!

    Posted by: how would you like your crow cooked? | Jan 9, 2013 5:58:18 PM

  13. I don't know if that is the same Rick above as in many of the other comment threads, but I'm surprised to be saying I agree with the comment. It would have been ridiculously easy to find someone who is a progressive Christian or just someone who is non-denominational but spiritual. You can't please everyone with this choice, but you can at least avoid offending key support groups. Obama doesn't view his faith and his newer political stance on homosexuality as compatible, clearly. I still give him credit for evolving on the issue of gay marriage and I think it's important, but sometimes being great requires not continually straddling the fence and backtracking. It's tiring.

    Posted by: Stefan | Jan 9, 2013 6:35:17 PM

  14. Also: what's with all the "Don't you remember what the mid 1990s were like? Everyone was anti-gay" comments? Um, not everyone was anti-gay. I knew a ton of people who were decent human beings, from those who were vocal advocates to those who were quietly supportive to those who didn't like homosexuality but still thought equality was important. Relatively few people were willing to stand up and talk about how their fellow human beings would be going to hell and were basically the worst kind of sinners. I think being a majorly inhuman hypocrite should disqualify you from standing up as a representative of Christ or any religion.

    Posted by: Stefan | Jan 9, 2013 6:41:41 PM

  15. let's remember for a moment the position Obama is in.... his win pissed off every redneck please-die-soon bigot in the country. all the folks who just couldn't BELIEVE that a "Black Muslim won the election AGAIN!"


    these people are stupid beyond words. and they're buying guns. they need to be placated.

    do i like this choice? no. not at all.

    but with the sorry state of the US, i'm not that surprised.

    the plebes need a bone. this will give them one to suck on.

    and like i said earlier - he's a pastor with a history of anti-gay proclamations, and yet he's gonna be forced to deliver the prayer blessing the administration that has done more for LGBT people than any other admin in american history.

    it's kinda beautifully ironic, if you think about it.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 9, 2013 6:47:47 PM

  16. Or....Obama just hates gays and this is his way of making right with God to make amends for the gay poet.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 9, 2013 6:52:20 PM

  17. News break honey, with people like him, they make life hell on earth for everybody. Christians like the haters are possessed by Satan and doing the work for Satan, hating and destroying people. They are the ones who make earth a living hell.

    Posted by: Roger | Jan 9, 2013 6:53:16 PM

  18. Yeah, that 'homosexual' from his fake Bible is certainly suspect enough even if it weren' t veing spouted by Saul/Paul, surely the original fake and cery closeted preacher.

    Posted by: Chevytexas | Jan 9, 2013 7:22:13 PM

  19. not that it helps but #1 bible interp is just that. and it is impossible to know what the verse really said...and #2 corintians is a letter from paul formerly saul(a roman soldier who killed christians with zeal,b/4 he became a christian) who wrote all of the letters compromising much of the new test to churches around their world...he repremands everybody some say it is inspired...but if you know your bible you know these were letters to churches from him like any other letter written...he was not writing as a prophet ao anything else...more so the counsil of nicia decided what went in the bible after the conversion of the roman emperor was all political..still is...they hope we are ignorant,most are which allows fortheperpetuation of the lies......

    Posted by: tom | Jan 9, 2013 8:15:33 PM

  20. petition:

    Posted by: Jason | Jan 9, 2013 8:41:35 PM

  21. Obama could club a pregnant lesbian to death on the White House lawn with a baseball bat and Little Kiwi and Brian from TexASS would coo, "Well, at least he didn't use a gun, and, therefore, was rubbing it in the face of the NRA. We should be thankful." ENOUGH with such self-loathing excuse making. Most racists probably didn't vote for him either, so when he invites a known racist to pray over him at his Inaugural, call me, and I'LL apologize.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jan 9, 2013 10:14:05 PM

  22. @Tom: While Paul wrote his letters for political reasons (the politics involved trying to unify a ragtag collection of Christian sects), it had nothing to do with the Council of Nicaea, and even less to do with Charlemagne.

    Paul wrote his letters around 110 C.E. The Council of Nicaea was convened by Constantine in 325 C.E. Charlemagne lived from 742 to 814. C.E. If Paul wrote those letters to influence the Council of Nicaea, much less Charlemagne, he would have had to have had supernatural abilities - precognition, making him a "prophet".

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 9, 2013 10:56:13 PM

  23. So Obama's going to show his true colors in his second term, right?

    How's that working out?

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 9, 2013 10:59:46 PM

  24. @Derrick: in the same spirit, I'd like to propose as a first choice a Rolls Royce guru - someone like Acharya Rajneesh (now deceased) who was noted for his collection of Rolls Royces and preachings about sex (he liked it). Think of it as outreach to the Republicans (the "do as I say, not as I do" ones).

    We'll gloss over the criminal acts that got Rajneesh deported.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 9, 2013 11:14:17 PM

  25. (I remember Rajneesh well. The Rolls Royces. Now HE was a character).

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 9, 2013 11:21:54 PM

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