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Anti-Gay Pastor No Longer on Inaugural Program

Rev. Louie Giglio

What a difference four years makes, I guess….

Anti-gay pastor Louie Giglio is no longer scheduled to speak from the same podium Barack Obama will use to address the nation in his second Inaugural Address. Unlike the intransigence encountered by LGBT forces arrayed against Pastor Rick™ Warren four years ago, this controversy lasted only about 24 hours, with a swift and acceptable resolution.

The minister selected by President Obama to deliver the benediction at his inaugural later this month has withdrawn from the program amid a storm of controversy over remarks he made about homosexuality in a sermon in the mid-1990s, according to a source close to the inaugural committee.

The minister, the Rev. Louie Giglio, founder of the Passion Conferences, an Atlanta organization that brings college students together in prayer and worship, withdrew Thursday morning, a day after the sermon came to light.

Everyone’s claiming credit for publicizing this, but I’ll simply thank everyone here who signed the White House petition. We all made this happen, through concerted publicity and online action.

The move came after ThinkProgress reported Wednesday that 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.

But, as Atrios asks, where do they find these people in the first place?

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