Thursday, January 24, 2013
"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. Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part because of his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world. 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."
(Addie Whisenant, the Presidential Inaugural Committee)
"In other words, a Christian pastor has been effectively disinvited from delivering an inaugural prayer because he believes and teaches Christian truth."
Excerpted from "THE GIGLIO IMBROGLIO -- The public inauguration of a new Moral McCarthyism, by R. Albert Mohler Jr.