Pastor Louie Giglio has withdrawn from the presidential
inauguration lineup following criticism of past remarks that
homosexuality is a sin and comments advocating ex-"gay"
In a statement released Thursday, the evangelical Atlanta pastor
cites the reason for his withdrawal:
"Due to a message of mine that has
surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation,
and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to
make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration. Clearly,
speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities
in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people
to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ.
"Neither I, nor our team, feel it
best serves the core message and goals we are seeking to accomplish
to be in a fight on an issue not of our choosing, thus I
respectfully withdraw my acceptance of the President's invitation
Audio of the sermon was posted Wednesday by the pro-homosexual
website ThinkProgress. In the sermon, Giglio condemns what he
called the aggressive pressure to condone the "homosexual
Addie Whisenant, a spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural
Committee, says the committee had chosen Giglio because of his work
to end human trafficking. Whisenant says the committee wasn't aware
of Giglio's past comments when they invited him.
"[Giglio's past comments] don't reflect our desire to celebrate
the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural," reads
Whisenant's statement. "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
The inauguration takes place on January 21.
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Giglio and Obama - an issue of credibility?
The leader of a prominent pro-family group has suggested that
nationally known pastor Louie Giglio rethink his acceptance of an
invitation to offer a prayer at Barack Obama's second inauguration
later this month.
The White House announced on Tuesday that among those
participating in this year's presidential inauguration will be Atlanta
pastor Louie Giglio, who will be giving the benediction at the
January 21 event.
In the announcement regarding his appearance, Giglio said that
these days "it is essential for our nation to stand together as
one. And, as always, it is the right time to humble ourselves
before our Maker. May we all look up to our God, from whom we can
receive mercy, grace and truth to strengthen our lives, our
families and our nation."
Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, says he is
appreciative of what Giglio has done on in his ministry,
particularly among young Christians.
Giglio has made some of the best DVDs you'll ever see,
theologically," Wildmon stated on American Family Radio. "He's done
a wonderful job, I think, of galvanizing Christian young people
with these Passion conferences, with sound Bible teaching. We've
applauded Louie for that."
Upwards of 60,000 students were in attendance at the 2013
Passion Conference in Atlanta last week.
Still, Wildmon says if he were Giglio, he would respectfully
decline the invitation.
"Louie Giglio did not say I endorse or embrace President
Obama's political agenda -- [but] if I were Louie Giglio,"
continued the AFA president, "I would say This could hurt my
credibility within the Christian community because it seems to be
an implicit endorsement of President Obama by
Others participating in the inauguration ceremony include Myrlie
Evers-Williams, former chair of the NAACP and widow of Medgar
Evers; and Richard Blanco, described as "the country's first gay,
as well as first Hispanic, poet" to participate in the ceremony.
Evers-Williams will deliver the invocation.
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