The LGBT community is in an uproar over the Obama administration’s choice of pastor to deliver the benediction at the President’s inauguration this month. A White House petition has been posted requesting his replacement as the result over overarching fury after it was discovered Reverend Louie Giglio has a history of anti-gay comments, including delivering a viciously anti-gay sermon in the 1990s, and has ties to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.
Giglio’s sermon included many anti-gay passages, which Think Progress has 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.”
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.
Israel details the sermon, and breaks it down into these segments:
Christians must fight against LGBT-equality
Homosexuality is a sin
People aren’t born gay — but even if they are, it’s still a choice like giving into alcoholism, addiction, and overeating
Gay people are going to Hell
Gay people can become straight through Christianity
The New York Times delivers this review of Giglio’s sermon:
Mr. Giglio cites Scripture in saying that homosexuality “is sin in the eyes of God, and it is sin in the word of God.” He warned against gay rights. “That movement is not a benevolent movement,” he said. “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.”
The Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson reports the White House is “mum” on the issue:
Asked by the Washington Blade whether the White House has a problem with the views reportedly expressed in a sermon by Louie Giglio — which include support for widely discredited “ex-gay” therapy and urging Christians to prevent the “homosexual lifestyle” from being accepted in society — Carney said he hasn’t seen the ThinkProgress report and deferred comment to the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
“I haven’t seen that report,” Carney said. “I would refer you to the inaugural committee. I haven’t seen the report.”
Asked to clarify whether the administration was unaware of the sermon before the selection was made, Carney reiterated, “I’m saying that I haven’t seen the report.”
And there’s a White House petition to replace Giglio, which you can sign here.
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