The Obama administration has decided to remove from the inauguration day proceedings an anti-gay Georgia pastor who has said gay people will go to hell. The choice of Reverend Louis Giglio to deliver the inaugural benediction created great anger within the LGBT and progressive communities, after Think Progress reported on Giglio’s 1990s anti-gay sermon.
Josh Israel at Think Progress, who reported on the sermon, today writes:
The move came after ThinkProgress reported Wednesdaythat in the 1990s, Giglio had given a lengthy sermon in which he advocated for dangerous “ex-gay” therapy for gay and lesbian people, referenced a biblical passage often interpreted to require gay people be executed, and impelled Christians to “firmly respond to the aggressive agenda” and prevent the “homosexual lifestyle” from becoming accepted in society.
Giglio’s sermon included many anti-gay passages, which Think Progress had 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.”
UPDATE 11:35 AM ET:
Jonathan Capehart speaking on MSNBC reports that Pastor Giglio himself chose to step down from delivering the inaugural benediction.
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