A preacher who made anti gay remarks has been dumped from the inauguration. Louie Giglio was going to give the Invocation, but someone recorded an anti gay tirade he made from the pulpit. He has been “disinvited”.
Amusing is that now, after bashing gays for years, some Christian pundits are saying, “We are being discriminated against! We are no longer welcome in the public square!”
I would dare wager few gay-bashing preachers invited a gay speaker, or, anyone supporting gays, to their pulpits.
Anti gay religious pundits have disliked the concept of equality being brought up in the gay marriage debate. Especially, they dislike comparisons to the fight against racial segregation.
But, the parallel is there. Probably after the 1950′s, preachers who gave Invocation at inaugurations were checked out for there views on segregation. Presidents would have avoided preachers who made integration out to be a sin.
I can imagine if this happened back then the reaction in the pro segregation community was the same as anti gay preachers now, “We real Christians know the Bible condemns interracial marriage. We who follow these teachings by keeping the races separate are being wrongly discriminated against.”
The anti integration preachers of their time had the same short-term vision as today’s anti gay preachers. They thought because it was popular at the moment to demonize a particular group, it would always be popular.
Anti integration preachers are in the dust bin of history. We can see who is next.
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