Prominent pastor out of Obama Inaugural after revelation he called homosexuality a ‘sin’ curable by Christianity
Rev. Louis Giglio, head of Georgia’s Passion City Church, withdraws saying his participation would be dwarfed by controversy over his comments.
BY JOSEPH STRAW / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2013, 1:54 PM
Louie Giglio will no longer participate at the presidential inauguration following revelation of his controversial comments on homosexuality.
A top minister has withdrawn from President Obama‘s inaugural program after the revelation he preached that homosexuality is a choice and a sin that can be cured through Christianity.
Rev. Louie Giglio, head of Georgia’s Passion City Church, was tapped Tuesday to deliver an invocation at the Jan. 21 ceremony for his leadership in the fight against human trafficking, which the Obama Administration calls modern-day slavery.
The next day, the pro-Obama liberal blog Think Progress reported on a mid-1990s Giglio sermon in which he said homosexuality is “is sin in the eyes of God.”
“And the only way out of a homosexual lifestyle, the only way out of a relationship that has been engrained over years of time, is through the healing power of Jesus,” Giglio said, according to the report.
Thursday the Presidential Inaugural Committee issued a statement from Giglio, who said that “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.”
“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,” the statement read.
“I will continue to pray regularly for the President, and urge the nation to do so.”
Inaugural committee spokeswoman Addie Whisenant said that the committee members “were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments at the time of his selection and they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this Inaugural.”
The committee is searching for a replacement who does, she said.
Giglio’s withdrawal comes as the nation’s first black President takes flak – also from the Left – about a lack of women in his evolving second-term Cabinet.
Another prominent evangelical pastor, Rick Warren, spoke at Obama’s first inaugural despite his own opposition to gay marriage.
Last year, his hand forced by unexpected comments from Vice President Joe Biden, Obama declared, “I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”