Pastor Louie Giglio announced his withdrawal today from President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony after some sermons of his from the 1990s surfaced, in which Pastor Giglio quoted bible verses that oppose homosexuality and told Christians to oppose the “homosexual lifestyle," reports ThinkProgress.org.
Pastor Giglio said in a statement: "Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, 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. Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ."
"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. I will continue to pray regularly for the President, and urge the nation to do so. I will most certainly pray for him on Inauguration Day."
After Pastor Giglio announced his withdrawal, many on the Religious Right attacked the Obama administration for discriminating against Christians, including Bryan Fischer, American Family Association radio host, who claimed that Pastor Giglio did not withdraw on his own, but was forced out by the Obama White House (video below).
Fischer said: “The bully bigots at Big Gay win huge victory for fascistic intolerance."