Pastor Louie Giglio had been asked to give the inauguration benediction, but
yesterday he withdrew his name. He did this because he has taught against
homosexuality and in this political climate that is a no no. Is being gay-friendly and gay-accepting a pre-requisite for doing anything at President
Obama’s Inauguration? It looks like the answer is yes.
President Obama has evolved on the issue of gay marriage and it seems that his evolution should have been adopted by all of his supporters.
“Family Research Council President Tony Perkins pointed out that Obama shouldn't have been surprised in the first place that an evangelical pastor held a biblical view on homosexuality. This is another example of intolerance from the Obama administration toward those who hold to biblical views on sexuality," he said in response to Giglio's withdrawal. "Catholic, Evangelical Protestant, and Orthodox churches all actively proclaim that sexual intimacy within the marriage of one man and one woman is the only biblically-sanctioned human sexual behavior. Are the scores of millions of Americans who affirm these teachings no longer welcome at the inauguration of our president?"
The Presidential Inaugural Committee said one of the biggest reasons they asked Giglio to deliver the benediction was because of his leadership in combating human trafficking. Giglio has raised awareness and millions of dollars during Passion conferences to combat modern-day slavery. But his record on compassion was brushed off over a mid-1990s sermon, Perkins lamented.
"What is shocking is the intolerance of the Obama team that put such a high priority on forced acceptance of homosexuality that they totally disregard Pastor Giglio's life work combating human trafficking," the FRC head commented. "What we are seeing is the inauguration of a new era of religious intolerance in America."
The Inauguration committee also invited Richard Blanco a gay poet to participate in the ceremony and that announcement was greeted with cheers, but in spite of the work that Giglio has done on human trafficking he is given the gentle nudge off the stage. Is our new tolerance actually a new intolerance?
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