Pastor Louie Giglio was supposed to deliver the benediction at President Obama's upcoming inauguration. But it turns out that he once preached a sermon faithfully describing homosexuality as sin, just as the Bible unambiguously does in its every stratum. He has withdrawn from the ceremony lest activists focus on his participation "to advance their agenda," taking attention away from the president.
Other than the fact that a Christian minister proclaiming what the Faith has always taught about homosexuality ought to be neither newsworthy nor controversial (whether one agrees with it or not), there is nothing wrong with Pastor Giglio's gesture. But the reaction of the Obama White House is another matter.
Quoth administration spokeswoman Addie Whisenat,"We were not aware of Pastor Giglio's past comments at the time of his selection and they don't reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this Inaugural. As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration's vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans."
In other words, in order to celebrate the "strength and diversity" of the nation and model "inclusion and acceptance for all Americans," only those who agree with Mr. Obama that the teachings of Christianity, Judaism and Islam with regard to homosexuality need to be trashed are eligible to participate in the inauguration.
Odd use of the words "diversity," "inclusion," and "acceptance" there, Ms. Whisinat.