Obama made headlines in January for his inaugural remarks in support of the LGBT movement. There was another decision surrounding the inauguration that involved beliefs on homosexuality, a decision that got much less press time.
Louie Giglio was one of two Atlanta pastors to be invited to be a part of the inaugural events. Giglio is the founder of a Christian organization Passion Conferences, a large Christian religious group that aims to minister to Christian youth. One of his religious clips has been viewed over 3 million times on YouTube. He also is a strong activist against human trafficking.
This seemed all good and well, until somebody found out something from Giglo’s past. 20 years ago, Giglio gave a sermon in which he stated that homosexuality was a sin, gay marriage is detrimental to society, and asked his listeners to “lovingly but firmly respond to the aggressive agenda” of gay activists.
You can agree or disagree with that, but obviously the Obama administration disagreed. He was removed from giving the benediction, and the administration looked for someone whose ”beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.”
I’m taking philosophy, and we’re learning the art of critical thinking. One of the difficulties of critical thinking is how it can be unpopular. People don’t always like what you have to say, even if you’re speaking clearly and logically.
Giglio never said “Gay people are evil.” He never said they should be denied human rights or that they should be hated. He said in a clear, calm matter his views.
People should be able to have their own opinions. Giglio has a personal belief that homosexuality is wrong. He wasn’t rude, he didn’t demean, in fact, he said that his listeners should respond “lovingly” to an agenda he doesn’t support. He’s entitled to be able to speak his mind and have his own views.
There has been shameful homosexual discrimination in our country for far too long. But this shouldn’t mean that we have to over-compensate by discriminating against those who don’t agree with your views.
Giglio was treated wrongly. If people want to disagree with the gay lifestyle in a respectful manner, like Giglio did, they should not be penalized They have morals, just like you. If they can be respectful, so should you.