Pastor withdraws from Obama inauguration over sermon on gays
January 10th, 2013
11:51 AM ET

Pastor withdraws from Obama inauguration over sermon on gays

[Updated at 12:14 p.m. ET] An Atlanta pastor who was picked to deliver the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration this month has withdrawn from the ceremony amid a controversy over a sermon he apparently preached on homosexuality in the 1990s.

The Rev. Louis Giglio sent a letter of withdrawal to the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Criticism over the selection swirled after the liberal website Think Progress posted a sermon that it said Giglio gave in the mid-1990s, a speech the site called "vehemently anti-gay."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Giglio did the right thing to withdraw.

    January 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree, JIF.
      He is not representative of this Nation.

      January 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    What do I have to say about this? In long, as opposed to 'in short', as the last ones standing in the way of worldwide peace, organized religion will be abolished. These religions divide US *AND* the world worse than ANY national border that has already fallen for the sake of corporate profit but remain barriers for human sake. And YOU know it.

    January 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allan Wrench

      @philip go talk to millions that suffered under religion free political systems in USSR and ComChina and ask if they agree with you. (Nope)

      January 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      @philip: outstanding response. Really.

      January 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeahright

      @Allan......communism is not the only alternative to organized religion.

      January 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Good morning Joey. How's it hanging?

    January 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Susan

    Withdrawing was the right thing. He never should've been asked!

    January 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Who is he then?

    January 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Right. This Nation would never withdraw. (from this or from antidepressants. he he)

    January 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tutuvabene

    That was back in the 1990's. Has anyone asked how he feels about it now, or is he damned to hell forever?

    January 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Passing By

      How is withdrawing from a ceremony equivalent to eternal damnation?

      January 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. anony

    Meh. These people aren't needed.
    They're like politicians. They'll say anything to cater to the audience they have at any given moment.

    January 10, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jojo

    These guys ALL are yanked out of the closet at some point in their lives. Never fails.

    January 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Free speech?
    They are not infringing his right to free speech.
    The President didn't ask this man to withdraw; he did it on his own.
    How is that being intolerant of free speech?
    It isn't.

    January 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dog boy

    Ya gotta watch out for dog knots when certain priests withraw from you. Ouch.

    January 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    The same story was posted to the Belief Blog.
    It goes into more detail.

    January 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dog boy

    Btw. Russia and/or China has NEVER been free of organized religious influence.
    Get a clue @Allen Wench 1:13PM.
    Russian Orthodox Church or Buhdda ring a bell there bub?

    January 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hide Behind

    Political stage craft nothing more, a good tactic in wedge issue politics by Obamatrons.
    A wedge that seems to daily spit the nation in two.
    That everydamn thing this man had aid or done in past was not Known ¿
    Reminds me of any dictatorial power trip where they dig up past miscreants to be paraded with leaders to make public think miscreant had seen error of ways and had now come around and accepted the party lines.
    Theater of the absurd for the absurdly loyal to gloat over.

    January 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeahright

      Hide Behind is a good name for you. In case you haven't noticed the majority of this country is demanding tolerance and equality. It is not the majority that is spliting the nation.

      January 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The_Truth

    Why are liberals so conservative about gun rights, and so liberal about others??? At least the right wingers are consistently right wing.

    January 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeahright

      Decency and fairness.

      January 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
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