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01/09/2013 04:12 pm ET Updated Mar 11, 2013

Controversy At Obama's Inauguration, Backlash Against Yoga For Kids, Young Evangelicals And More

This afternoon in religion:

-- Has President Barack Obama ignited another controversy -- similar to the one over the Rev. Rick Warren four years ago -- with his pick the Rev. Louie Giglio to give the benediction at his inauguration on Jan. 21? Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, is best known for the Passion Conferences, which are huge gatherings of tens of thousands of students who pray and work together to combat human trafficking. But a day after the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Giglio would speak at the inauguration, an old sermon that he reportedly gave in which he speaks out strongly against homosexuality is making the rounds on gay news sites and social media.

-- With the news today that the Washington National Cathedral will start performing same-sex marriages, The Washington Post takes a look at where major Christian denominations in the U.S. stand on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. If you're curious how the cathedral can approve of same-sex rites while many other Episcopal churches don't, here's my background piece from August on same-sex blessings in the church.

-- The battle over yoga continues. This morning, NPR ran an interesting piece about Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School in Encinitas, Calif., where parents are fighting a kids yoga class that they say is promoting Hinduism in the classroom.

-- Are young evangelicals sick of sexual politics? At BuzzFeed Shift, Anna North takes a look at changing attitudes towards sex, sexuality and abortion among young evangelicals and how they've shifted their focus toward broader world issues.