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Rev. Louie Giglio And The Anti-Gay Religious Industry's Real Imbroglio

Brent Childers | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Brent Childers

Rev. Giglio most likely knows in his heart that it is time for a new perspective, one that his young audience has held for some time. Such is the dilemma that many faith communities must face: Either embrace a new perspective on LGBT people or lose the respect of future generations.

The Most Gay-Friendly Inauguration Of Them All

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

After gay rights organizations criticized Obama for having invited a pastor to pray at his inauguration who thought gay people were sinners who could change through Jesus, it turns out the ceremony was the most pro-gay in history. While Obama spoke of religion to justify his gay rights stance, Louie Giglio tweeted his views.

Is This The End Of 'Evangelicalism'?

Skye Jethani | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Skye Jethani

There are a great many Christians who are looking for a new public identity -- a new banner -- that is distinct from the tainted brand of evangelicalism we've inherited from the religious right.

Standing On Ceremony

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Some of us always seem to be looking for an excuse to consign Obama to a lower circle of hell. If we are seeking results instead of mere drama, it makes more sense to proceed from a perspective of strength rather than habitually react like jilted lovers.

Louie Giglio's Missed Opportunity

Emily Timbol | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Emily Timbol

He could have apologized. He could have said that, like most Christians, he has been changed by his friendships and relationships with gay friends and family. He could have even used this opportunity to shed some light on the conversation. But he didn't.

Evangelicals Confuse Freedom With Free Rein To Insult Others

Wayne Besen | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Wayne Besen

They simply can't comprehend that the "untouchables" they used to bully with their Bibles are no longer remaining silent and refuse to accept their inferior place in society.

A Message To Conservative Christians: Evolve On LGBT Equality

Joseph Ward III | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

As public opinion shifts, churches that do not fully affirm LGBT people will leave many in their flock behind. Scripture void of compassion is merely words, and our ability to have compassion for every human being is critical to our faith and in an increasingly diverse world.

How Do Religious People Feel About Abortion?

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

Pew releases a new survey on abortion with a breakdown of views among the religious. No fallout yet over the pro-gay Episcopalian chosen to pray at Obama's inauguration but will there be? This and more in the latest religion headlines.

Jaweed Kaleem

Pro-LGBT Pastor To Deliver Inauguration Benediction After First Pick's Anti-Gay Sermon

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has selected the Rev. Luis Leon, an Episcopal priest in Washington, to deliver the benediction at President Barac...

How The White House Defines Diversity

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

Pressured to withdraw because his views on a particular sexual practice were not in line, Rev. Louie Giglio was seen not to be "fair-minded," a not surprising comment when pluralism is set aside as the functioning model of public life.

Religion Doesn't Have To Hurt: It's Time For The Presidential Inaugural Committee To Do The Right Thing

Janet Mason | Posted 03.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

When I heard the news that President Obama had selected yet another preacher with an anti-gay past to preside at the swearing-in ceremony, I wasn't angry; I was perplexed. When I read about Pastor Louie Giglio withdrawing from the inaugural ceremony, I also had mixed emotions.

Why Religious Invocations at Presidential Inaugurations?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Many of our framers, the chief architects of the United States Constitution, most clearly did not have these measures in mind.

WATCH: Lawrence O'Donnell's Problem With Obama's Inauguration

Posted 01.11.2013 | Media

Lawrence O'Donnell has a recommendation for President Obama on Inauguration Day: get rid of the Bible. On Thursday, the MSNBC host reacted to news...

As Flare-Up Over Giglio Continues, Survey Shows Fewer Americans Believe Homosexuality Is A Sin

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

The controversy over Giglio continues, while a new survey shows that a decreasing number of Americans agree with his view that homosexuality is a sin, and a new report shows that Americans get sicker and die younger than their peers in developed nations.

Who Can Pray For America? The Inauguration Benediction Question

Ross Murray | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Ross Murray

After Rev. Giglio's past anti-gay sermon surfaced, the White House has decided that he is not the right person to be praying for a blessing on the people of the United States. This leaves us with an opening in the program for a new faith voice.

Are Conservative Evangelicals Welcome In The Public Square?

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

Now that the Rev. Louie Giglio, the Atlanta pastor who was going to pray at President Barack Obama's inauguration but came under fire for an anti-gay sermon, has bowed out, conservative Christians and evangelicals ask: are they welcome in the public square?

On Giglio, Machiavelli And Nixon: Stop The Benedictions!

Michael G. Long | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Michael G. Long

Even though he or she has been chosen for political purposes to deliver "a good word," the next invitee can easily exercise freedom from those who seek to wield the sacred merely for the profane. How best to do this? For God's sake, send the invitation back.

Pundit Slams Pastor's Obama Inauguration Withdrawal: 'Big Gay Won'

Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices

Not everyone is pleased by news of Pastor Louie Giglio's withdrawal from President Barack Obama's second term inauguration ceremony. Bryan Fischer...

Jaweed Kaleem

Pastor Under Fire For Anti-Gay Sermon Withdraws From Obama's Inauguration

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.10.2013 | Religion

The Rev. Louie Giglio, the Atlanta pastor scheduled to deliver the benediction at President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration, said Thursday he ...

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

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

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?

Jaweed Kaleem

Criticisms Over Anti-Gay Sermon By Pastor Praying At Obama's Inauguration

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

UPDATE: Rev. Louie Giglio has withdrawn from the inauguration amid questions about an anti-gay sermon he gave in the mid-1990s. He gave this statemen...

Advice For Rev. Giglio: Remember Machiavelli -- And Nixon

Michael G. Long | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Michael G. Long

Machiavelli understood, arguably better than anyone of his age, that religion can be an effective tool for buttressing the prince's stature and advancing his politics. The sharp-minded Italian theorist also counseled the prince to wield religion as a political weapon.

Jaweed Kaleem

Widow Of Slain Civil Rights Activist Will Deliver Obama's Inaugural Invocation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion

Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, will deliver the invocation at President Barack Obama's inauguration later thi...

Passion 2011: Chris Tomlin And The Christian Rock Revolution

Paul O'Donnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul O'Donnell

Chris Tomlin's rare distinction represents a first for the Christian music industry, and cements the dominance of the subcategory of Christian rock called Praise & Worship, of which Tomlin is the undisputed leader.