Thursday, January 10, 2013

Minister Selected By President Obama Withdraws From Inaugural Ceremony Following Controversy Over Anti-Gay Remarks

Breaking news: According to a report by multiple news outlets, including the New York Times, the Christian minister selected by President Obama to deliver the benediction at his inaugural later this month has withdrawn from the program amid a storm of controversy over remarks he made about homosexuality in a sermon in the mid-1990s, according to a source close to the inaugural committee. The minister, Rev. Louie Giglio, founder of the Passion Conferences, an Atlanta organization that brings college students together in prayer and worship, withdrew Thursday morning, a day after the sermon came to light. In it, Rev. Giglio called on fellow Christians to fight the “aggressive agenda'’ of the gay-rights movement, and advocated “the healing power of Jesus'’ as “the only way out of a homosexual lifestyle'’ – a comment some gay-rights advocates interpreted as an endorsement of reparative, or so-called gay-to-straight conversion, therapy, as a supposed cure for homosexuality. In another part of the sermon, Giglio said, “We must lovingly but firmly respond to the aggressive agenda of not all, but of many in the homosexual community. … Underneath this issue is a very powerful and aggressive moment. That movement is not a benevolent movement, it is a movement to seize by any means necessary the feeling and the mood of the day, to the point where the homosexual lifestyle becomes accepted as a norm in our society and is given full standing as any other lifestyle, as it relates to family.”

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