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CNN Contributor Erick Erickson: ‘I Agree With Every Word’ Of Louie Giglio’s Anti-Gay Sermon

by David Badash on January 11, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,News,Religion

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Erick Erickson, the highly-controversial founder of RedState, Tea Party flag waver, and for some reason unknown to the Gods of journalism, a CNN contributor, this morning said via Twitter he agrees “with every word” of Louie Giglio’s anti-gay sermon. Giglio is the Georgia pastor who removed himself yesterday from consideration after the Presidential Inauguration Committee chose him to deliver the benediction.

Josh Israel at Think Progress, who first reported on Giglio’s sermon, wrote:

Giglio had given a lengthy sermon in which he advocated for dangerous “ex-gay” therapy for gay and lesbian people, referenced a biblical passage often interpreted to require gay people be executed, and impelled Christians to “firmly respond to the aggressive agenda” and prevent the “homosexual lifestyle” from becoming accepted in society.

Giglio’s sermon included many anti-gay passages, which Think Progress had detailed, including this one in which Giglio says “it’s clear” gay people are going to hell:

“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.”

Giglio’s sermon also claimed the “[homosexual] 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.”

Why does CNN employ Erick Erickson?

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{ 5 comments }

Buzz_the_Bear January 11, 2013 at 10:23 am

Gee, I wonder how Anderson Cooper feels about that?

Scott_Rose January 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

If the passage were religiously motivated against gay people, but instead was Muslim, and Allah-and-Koran oriented, would CNN keep the person who spoke in its favor on staff? The society is such that as long as hateful comments are based on "Christianity," they get a free pass, which they wouldn't get if the same level of hate were based on Islam. This is called "hypocrisy."

barbonine January 11, 2013 at 11:14 am

Well, you don't have to listen to him, yanno.

ToniTygrrr January 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm

@Scott_Rose – If fundamentalist Christianity wasn't so hypocritical itself there would probably be a lot less 'hate' spoken towards them. Christianity has become so warped, hateful, and persecutory against others in the history of America and Western Europe that there was bound to be a backlash eventually. Quite frankly, I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner.

What I can't understand about fundamentalist Christians is how they can read the Bible and derive hatred and persecution towards others. Christ's message was one of God's UNCONDITIONAL love for us. Nothing more, nothing less. How one can interpret "God hates Fags" from the Bible is almost incomprehensible to me.

Let's put it another way: If a group of people had persecuted, ridiculed, incited violence, jailed, killed, and tortured you for all of your life, how would you feel towards them?

Intolerance and persecution are NOT Christ-like behaviors.

Perhaps if Christians policed their own backyard instead of trying impose their beliefs on a world that is tired and fed up with their intolerance, there would be less backlash.

JayJonson January 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I just read Claud Summers at glbtq.com on Giglio and boy scout Ryan Anderson. He describes Giglio as a spiritual terrorist. Here's a link.

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