The pastor who had been selected to deliver the benediction at the U.S. President Barack Obama’s inauguration withdrew after what followed his ‘anti-gay’ remarks.
Louie Giglio is an evangelical pastor who was supposed to pray at the upcoming inauguration of the newly elected president on January 21. He was selected for the event because of his contributions to combat human trafficking. He pulled out of the inauguration ceremony because it has been revealed that he gave an anti-gay sermon in 1990.
A revelation made by a group Think Progress has uncovered the inciting sermon which was delivered by the pastor almost two decades ago. The incident has cast a shadow over his participation in the anticipated event.
A spokesman for Giglio issued a statement which said that he was honored that President Obama had chosen him for the benediction. It was also stated that though the president and the pastor did not agree with each other on every issue, they still managed to develop a ‘friendship around common goals’.
The statement further stated that: ‘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.’
Louie Giglio is a pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia and once denounced homosexuality as a ‘sin’. Obama, on the other hand has been a gay rights supporter and to choose someone like Giglio for prayers in his inaugural has been considered to be ‘offensive’ by many people.