Thursday, January 10, 2013

the homophobic inauguration speaker problem

louis giglio, the pastor originally scheduled to give the benediction at obama's second inauguration, has been removed from the program after thinkprogress dug up his anti-gay record. four years ago, rick warren, another pastor with a history of anti-gay statements, gave the invocation at obama's first inauguration. (despite the hubbub back then, he was never removed from the program).

why does this keep happening? i realize that a lot of prominent religious people have taken pretty anti-gay positions in the past. but surely the obama administration (who i don't believe is actually anti-gay), could find god-people to give speeches at the inauguration that wouldn't run into this problem. these days there are plenty of christian denominations that don't hate gay people. why not get one of them. if nothing else, there's always tripp. why not go with him?