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Pastor Louie Giglio Withdraws From Obama Inaugural Over Anti-Gay Remarks Made 20 Years Ago

Louie Giglio withdraws

The pastor chosen to speak at the 57th inauguration has withdrawn over controversial remarks about homosexuality he made well over a decade ago.

Pastor Louie Giglio was selected by President Barack Obama to deliver the inaugural benediction, where he would have prayed over the nation and the incumbent’s second term, but bowed out after controversy arose over alleged anti-gay remarks he made in the mid-1990s.

Giglio, an Atlanta-based minister and founder of the Passion Conferences, is in trouble over saying that homosexuality is “sin in the eyes of God,” reports NBC News. “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,” Giglio continued. He also said that homosexuals aren’t born that way:

“People aren’t born gay – but even if they are, it’s still a choice like giving into alcoholism, addiction and overeating,” he said in a mid-90s sermon.

Recent studies seem to indicate that homosexuals are not strictly born gay, however, the idea that the homosexual lifestyle is a “choice” has been heavily criticized since its induction into the gay rights debate.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee responded to Giglio’s withdrawal:

“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,” said a spokesperson. “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.”

Giglio said that he withdrew himself because his participation in the ceremony wouldn’t serve his message.

“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,” Giglio said. “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.”

Giglio’s comments were outed by ThinkProgress, a left-leaning sewage processing conglomerate. The Inaugural Committee says that they vet all potential speakers, but stressed that it was Giglio’s decision to withdraw.

President Obama chose Rev. Rick Warren to deliver his inaugural benediction in 2009, a decision which drew some similar criticism over Warren’s anti-gay stance.

Seems kind of strange that the witch-hunters at ThinkProgress could only find something offensive about Mr. Giglio when they reached 20 years into the past. Even so, if you consider the times and the culture, his comments really aren’t that surprising. Seems like his comments are more a standard line than gay hate. I mean, he wasn’t saying that we should line up homosexuals and put them in concentration camps, for crying out loud.

In any case, I don’t think we should hold 20-year-old comments against each other.

What do you think? Was Giglio’s withdrawal over his comments the right thing to do, or is 20 years too long to hold a grudge? Sound off!

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15 Responses to “Pastor Louie Giglio Withdraws From Obama Inaugural Over Anti-Gay Remarks Made 20 Years Ago”

  1. Cruisin Cat

    I think withdrawing for comments made 20 years ago is ridiculous. I think the reason for withdrawing from obama's inauguration should be because it's obama's inauguration.

  2. Cruisin Cat

    I see nothing stupid about telling it like it is. The problem is that the political correctness BS wasn't as viciously rampant 20 yrs. ago as it is now. I don't care if someone is a homo; it just doesn't need to be broadcast as it is and children should definitely not be exposed to a morally vacuous, degenerate practice.

  3. Michele Gennarelli

    I think he should never have accepted the offer in the first place! Louie has such a passion for people to come to Christ… knowing what the Obama agenda is should be enough to RUN away from this administration!

  4. Fay Thacker

    I think when you speak the truth you stand behind the truth,,, he didn't say anything that was not in the Bible, he stated facts as it is written,, we don't hate gay people, I have several in my family, we pray for gay people, we don't want any one going to hell,,,we all sin daily and need forgiveness daily,, one sin is no worse than the another,, it's what you don't get forgiveness for that sends you to he'll,

  5. Vivianne Veronica Meliton

    He did what he felt was right for him. That is his right and belief. He will and should not cater to what the majority of people who have liberal ideals want him to say or do. He just simply stated a Biblical fact that is written in the word of God, the Holy Bible that Homosexuality IS A SIN. There are no gay people in Heaven. Homosexuality is an Abomination to God.

  6. Maybe AB

    I don't think Pastors Giglio OR Warren should have participated in Obama's inauguration if he is against God's principles, which he is.

  7. Kimberly Motz-Tupper

    I think our politicians are out of touch if they think they will find a Christian pastor that accepts and embraces all religions and beliefs. Dear Mr. Obama, I highly encourage you to Wikipedia Christian beliefs. Might save you some time

  8. Michael Durso

    I think this whole thing is ludicrous. He said that homosexuality is a sin because that's what the Bible says. Rick Warren agrees…because that's what the Bible says. The Bible also says that lying and stealing and committing adultery are sins, so are they going to go look for someone who doesn't believe anything is a sin? If that's the case then why look for a minister to do a benediction at all. Louie Giglio is not saying homosexuals are not American and should be removed from society. This whole thing is ridiculous.

  9. Cassi Cox

    I still don't get how it's supposed to be shocking that Bible-following pastors say homosexuality is a sin… Or how that's controversial. I get so irritated by the "gay" obsession. Do I believe it's sin? Yup. Do I really get my panties in a bunch over it? Nope! Why? Because I sin too. All the time. There are tons of things the Bible says are sinful… So should we start accusing people of being anti-pride, anti-murder, anti-lust, anti-judgement…. ? I mean really. How is this "controversy"? Ugh.