Rev. Louie Giglio Backs Out of Obama Inauguration Over Previous Anti-Gay Comments

300px Giglio Rev. Louie Giglio Backs Out of Obama Inauguration Over Previous Anti Gay Comments

Rev. Louie Giglio Backs Out of Obama Inauguration Over Previous Anti-Gay Comments. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rev. Louie Giglio, who had been tapped to give the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration January 21, has backed out over previous anti-gay comments, sources confirmed to ABC News.

Here’s a passage from Louie Giglio’s sermon in mid-90s uncovered by Think Progress:

“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. “

Addie Whisenant of the Presidential Inaugural Committee said in a statement:

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. Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part for his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world. 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.

 Rev. Louie Giglio Backs Out of Obama Inauguration Over Previous Anti Gay Comments

Myrlie Evers-Williams to Deliver Invocation at President Obama’s Inauguration Jan. 21

Medgar Evers Myrlie Evers Williams to Deliver Invocation at President Obamas Inauguration Jan. 21

Myrlie Evers-Williams, Widow of Medgar Evers, to Deliver Invocation at President Obama’s Inauguration Jan. 21 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OBAMA SECOND INAUGURATION:  Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, will deliver the invocation at President Obama’s public swearing in January 21, 2013, the Washington Post reports. It is believed that it is the first time a woman and a layperson, rather than a clergy member has been chosen for such a task. It is also a very fitting choice, since the President’s inauguration coincides with Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It is also fitting because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Medgar Evers.

The benediction will be given by conservative evangelical pastor Louie Giglio, founder of the student-focused Passion Conferences. Louie Giglio, whose conferences draw thousands of young evangelicals, was chosen in part for his work in raising awareness about modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Separately, People magazine reports Beyoncé will lead the performances at President Obama’s inauguration on January 21, where she will sing the National Anthem. Also on tap to perform are Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor. Clarkson will song “My Country Tis of Thee,” while Taylor will sing “America the Beautiful.” President Barack Obama will be sworn in to his second term to the tune of Beyonce.

Richard Blanco, will be become the youngest Inaugural poet at age 44 and the first Hispanic and gay poet to participate in a presidential inauguration as a poet, the New York Times reports.

 

 Myrlie Evers Williams to Deliver Invocation at President Obamas Inauguration Jan. 21