Rev. Louie Giglio Backs Out Of Inaugural Appearance Following Outcry
A 1990s sermon boomerangs on a high-profile pastor – so he tries to change the subject:
The minister selected by President Obama to deliver the benediction at his inaugural withdrew Thursday from the program, putting a quick end to a developing controversy over a sermon he gave in the 1990s in which he called on Christians to fight the “aggressive agenda” of the gay-rights movement.
“Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago,” the statement said, “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.”