Pastor Chosen for Obama Inaugural Being Criticized as "Antigay"


New York Times:

The pastor whom President Obama has chosen to deliver the benediction at his inauguration this month delivered a sermon in the 1990s in which he called on fellow Christians to fight the “aggressive agenda” of the gay rights movement and advocated “the healing power of Jesus” as “the only way out of a homosexual lifestyle.”

... In it, Mr. Giglio cites Scripture in saying that homosexuality “is sin in the eyes of God, and it is sin in the word of God.” He warned against gay rights. “That movement is not a benevolent movement,” he said. “It is a movement to seize by any means necessary the feeling and the mood of the day, to the point where the homosexual lifestyle becomes accepted as a norm in our society.”

Inaugural officials did not respond to a request for comment, and a spokeswoman for Mr. Giglio was not available.

... The controversy over Mr. Giglio carries echoes of the 2009 inaugural, when Mr. Obama offended many gay people by selecting the Rev. Rick Warren, author of “A Purpose Driven Life” and an opponent of same-sex marriage, to deliver the invocation. Gay rights advocates have not forgotten.