President Obama is getting praise for selecting Richard Blanco, a gay man, to deliver a poem on Inauguration Day. He’s getting praise for inviting Medgar Evers‘ widow Myrlie Evers-Williams to deliver the invocation.
But he’s making a grave mistake by asking conservative evangelical pastor Louie Giglio to deliver the benediction. Giglio once delivered a sermon (MP3) denouncing those homosexuals and their agenda of evil:
We must lovingly but firmly respond to the aggressive agenda of not all, but of many in the homosexual community… Underneath this issue is a very powerful and aggressive moment. That movement is not a benevolent movement, 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 and is given full standing as any other lifestyle, as it relates to family.
That was in the mid-1990s, though… Maybe Giglio’s changed his mind since then? We have no idea since his people won’t respond to any media inquiries.
If Obama wanted a decent Christian to deliver a benediction, there are many he could have chosen from. But instead of going for someone who puts love above demonization, he chose someone who very likely doesn’t believe LGBT people deserve equal rights.
And for what? To appease people who would never vote for him and who don’t even believe he’s a Christian to begin with.
There’s another reason to dislike Giglio.
He’s the pastor who once sermonized about how the shape of the protein laminin somehow proved Christianity true:
Science! Even when conservative Christians praise it, it’s because they don’t understand how it works…
(Hint: Jesus had nothing to do with the shape.)