Thursday, January 10, 2013

I'm not giving this Pastor Louie Giglio Drama any Power

Pastor Louie Giglio will be speaking at President Obama’s inauguration soon. However, this guy has an anti-gay past. Somewhere in the mid-90s, he preached a sermon about gays being sinful, y'know the usual church talk.

Now, folks are up at arms about him giving the benediction, but to be honest I'm not completely ready to take over city hall about this.

While there are some valid questions about Louie, should we be losing our minds over this? Not completely. Yes, Louie said some hurtful, messy stuff about us, but that was almost 20 years ago. At this time, no one knows where he stands now. For all we know, he could've changed his mind. Hell, 20 years ago, I told folks I was straight.

Also, Louie should know where Obama stands on gays and gay marriage. I'm sure when he accepted this offer, Louie knew he was representing a man that supports gay rights. By accepting this task, Louie is accepting Obama's stance.

And this is not the end-all-be-all main event. There are other important pieces about the inauguration; Richard Blanco, a gay man, will reciting a poem to the President, Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, will deliver the invocation and Beyonce is performing. Okay the Bey part is not that serious, but hopefully you get the point.

I'm not excusing Louie, he is a mess, but I'm not giving this issue any power. In fact, I'm over it.

1 comment:

behrmark said...

If one stops to look at it objectively, Obama has a mix of individuals who represent America's melting pot heritage. The mix is not just racial, it's gender-based and sexual identity-based as well. Some may argue about this person or that but I believe Obama is brilliant in bringing all walks of life into the celebration.

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