Rick Warren’s anti-gay evil twin Louie Giglio to give inauguration benediction

UPDATE: Louie Giglio is gone. The Presidential Inaugural Committee is criticizing him.  And he’s now busy criticizing the gays’ “agenda.”  Troll.  Good riddance.


Here we go again. If you hated Rick Warren giving the invocation at the first Obama inaugural, then you’re gonna love Pastor Louie Giglio being selected to give the benediction this time around.  (SPOILER ALERT: He thinks being gay is a “malfunction.”)

You might recall that then President-elect Obama invited virulently anti-gay religious right pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at the swearing-in ceremony during the inauguration in January of 2009.  The pick of Warren caused a huge brouhaha as gays had just watched marriage ripped away from them in California thanks to the religious right and the Mormons, and thanks to one man in particular who went out of his way to help the anti-gay bigots, Rick Warren.

Fast forward to January of 2013 and the second Obama inaugural.  You’d think that once-burned the Obama inaugural team would be twice shy about picking an anti-gay bigot for the swearing-in ceremony.  Well, meet Rick Warren-lite, Pastor Louie Giglio.  Here a few of Pastor Louie Giglio’s thoughts about gay people, via Andy Towle at Towleroad:

Pastor Louie Giglio

Pastor Louie Giglio. Photo coursey of Jesario.

Gays are going to Hell:

(47:40) First Corinthians, Chapter 6. In verses nine and 10, it talks about the things that prevent people from entering the Kingdom of God. It talks about all kinds of immoral behavior. And right in the midst of that passage, right in the middle of that verse it says “and those who are homosexual.” It’s clear.

Gay people can become straight through Christianity:

(40:25) As the church of Jesus Christ, we cannot sit on the sidelines, we cannot sit back inside our churches, but we must reach out and we must aggressively move toward the homosexual community because we have a message and we’ve got something to say… our message is we know Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is powerful enough to do anything and to do everything. 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.

(43:16) We’ve got to say the homosexuals, the same thing that I say to you and that you would say to me… it’s not easy to change, but it is possible to change.

More Louie Giglio brilliance from ThinkProgress:

(31:45) 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.

Gays are sinner:

 Men, women, I can’t say anything other to you tonight than this, that if you look at the counsel of the word of God, Old Testament, New Testament, you come quickly to the conclusion that homosexuality is not an alternate lifestyle… homosexuality is not just a sexual preference homosexuality is not gay, but homosexuality is sin. It is sin in the eyes of God, and it is sin according to the word of God. You come to only one conclusion: homosexuality is less than God’s best for his creation. It is less than God’s best for us and everything in our lives that is less than God’s best for us and his plan for us and his design for us, is sin. That’s God’s voice. If you want to hear God’s voice, that is his voice to this issue of homosexuality. It is not ambiguous and unclear. It is very clear.

Gays are like alcoholics.

 I would refer you maybe just to the article “Born gay?” by Joe Dallas, who is the president of a ministry that helps with homosexuals in “recovery.” It was found in Christianity Today in June of 1992. It really unfolds for us that the evidence that they say is there, that the media wants to tell us is there really isn’t there at all. But I want to tell you this tonight. Even if it was there… How do you respond to that? How do you respond to the news reports that we’re hearing in the last few months that there is a genetic tendency to be an over-eater and it’s been supposedly proved by the scientists? That there is a genetic tendency to addictive behavior. Alcoholics by and large have a genetic tendency to addictive behavior. I predict in our lifetimes and not a very long period of time from now, scientists and geneticists will have found a way to prove a gene theory for every malfunction in sinful society. And do you know why? We talked about it the very first week—because we do not want responsibility for our choices.

Louie Giglio suggested that being gay is a “malfunction.”  Nice.

What do you do with this?  It’s great that the inaugural folks picked an openly-gay Latino poet to read a poem at the inauguration.  And it really is great.  But that doesn’t mean we can overlook the other guy who hates our living guts, and spews bigotry against us.  I think what’s particularly bad (even galling) about this pick is that the people putting together the inauguration surely knew about what happened last time with Rick Warren.  How could it not have been their number one priority to make sure they didn’t pick another anti-gay bigot as the religious figure at the inaugural?  Yet here he is.

I even joked with a Democratic friend in DC this morning about whether they were going to pick another Rick Warren, ha ha.

The only possible save here is that the comments are from the mid-1990s (shades of Chuck Hagel come to mind).  If Louie Giglio wants to recant his bigoted comments, then I’m fine with him giving the benediction.

The problem is, to quote Ayn Rand, when her character was asked by some guy something to the effect of:

“God damn it, why won’t you tell me what you think of me?”

And she responds:
“But I don’t think of you.”
Whoever was in charge of finding the religious guy should have had their number one priority be vetting the guy for anti-gay stuff.  That was painfully obvious after what happened with Rick Warren four years ago.
It’s hurtful to have your own party not think of you when they obviously should think of you.  And picking the gay poet is great.  But when they picked the preacher, they stopped thinking of us.  And that shows that, at least whoever picked the preacher, doesn’t think of us nearly as much as they should.  Especially given what happened last time.
This is really pretty egregious.  And no amount of liberal counterweight would outweigh a racist or an anti-semite being invited on the podium.  It’s just not enough that they made some good picks too.  This shouldn’t have happened again.  It means some people at least still haven’t learned the lesson.  And that hurts.
Maybe Pasto Giglio will have a scheduling conflict.

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